The New York Knicks have wrapped up 2020 winning two of their last three games. 2021 will allow the Knicks to avenge their 121-107 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
Domantas Sabonis absolutely dominated the Knicks putting up a career-high 32 points along with 13 rebounds and five assists. RJ Barrett put up 26 points and hit his first 8 shots including three 3 pointers. Alec Burks came out hot with 22 points and shot two for four from the three-point land.
The blue and orange come into their matchup with the Pacers in a mini shooting slump. The starters combined to go 0 for 23 from the beyond the arc. One Knick who has had an amazing season is Julius Randle.
The former Kentucky Wildcat has seemed to thrive under coach Tom Thibodeau‘s new system. With averages of 23 points per game seven assists and 10 rebounds. The Pacers’ defense will surely focus on Randle and dare the Knicks to beat them from downtown.
The key for the Knicks will have to be RJ Barrett. The former third overall pick was looking forward to having a breakout season. However, Barrett has struggled since his matchup with the Pacers. Shooting 26% from three since his sizzling start while also missing 21 consecutive threes. One positive note is his free throw shooting which is sitting pretty at 78%. Last year, Barrett struggled shooting just 61% from the free-throw line. If Barrett can get some easy points in the paint, it may translate to his outside shot.
New York has also been bitten by the injury bug as Kevin Knox is listed as questionable along with Alec Burks. Although, Immanuel Quickley is listed as probable, meaning he likely will play tonight. Frank Ntilikina, Dennis Smith Jr., and Obi Toppin are all listed as out for the Pacers matchup. Meanwhile, the Pacers have Brian Bowen, Goga Bitadze, T.J. Warren, and Jeremy Lamb out.
The Pacers are sitting on top of the Eastern Conference with a 4-1 record. While the Knicks currently hold the 10th seed at 2-3.