On Wednesday, the Knicks and the Pacers will meet in the Big Apple. The Knicks won the first meeting between these two teams, and they are favored to win again.
T.J. McConnell and Aaron Nesmith DOUBTFUL for Pacers – Knicks
- The Pacers
Six games separate the Indiana Pacers and the first-place Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference.
With a 46.3% field goal percentage, they are averaging 115.6 points per game offensively. The team’s scoring average is the highest in the league and their shooting percentage is in the top 10 in the league at 22.
The Pacers’ defense has been shaky as of late, allowing too many goals to opponents. They are losing games despite allowing opponents to shoot 46.6% from the field and 115.6 ppg.
This defense ranks well with only the 20th-highest points allowed per game and the 9th-lowest field goal percentage.
|Aaron Nesmith||SF||Tue, Jan 10||Illness||Game Time Decision|
|Kendall Brown||SF||Tue, Jan 10||Lower Leg||Expected to be out until at least Jan 13|
|T.J. McConnell||PG||Sun, Jan 8||Shoulder||Game Time Decision|
|Daniel Theis||C||Mon, Jan 2||Knee||Expected to be out until at least Jan 13|
McConnell’s status for Wednesday’s game against the Knicks is in doubt due to a shoulder injury.
McConnell injured his shoulder after colliding with Mason Plumlee during Sunday’s victory over the Hornets.
On Wednesday, Andrew Nembhard and Bennedict Mathurin may see increased playing time if McConnell is unable to play due to injury.
Tony East of SI.com reports that Nesmith is questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Knicks due to a non-COVID illness and missed Tuesday’s practice.
According to reports, Nesmith will be making the trip to New York, but his participation in the competition is still up in the air.
It would be a shame for Nesmith to miss the game on Sunday after he put in a good performance against Charlotte. Without him on the field on Wednesday, others like Jalen Smith and Oshae Brissett may see increased playing time.
- The Knicks
The Knicks trail the Celtics by seven games in the Eastern Conference. As an offensive unit, they score 114 points per game on average and have a field goal percentage of 45.
That’s the highest scoring average in the league at 15.3 points per game, and the 24th best shooting percentage.
The Knicks give up an average of 111.3 points per game and their opponents shoot 45.2% from the floor. At 36%, we allow the third-lowest shooting percentage in the league and rank 10th in fewest points allowed per game.
|R.J. Barrett||SF||Tue, Jan 10||Finger||Game Time Decision|