Will Derrick Rose Play Tonight? New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers: Injury Updates, Lineups, and Prediction

Published 02/27/2021, 12:00 PM EST
Feb 13, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Houston Rockets guard Mason Jones (9) drives against New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose (4) in the second quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports


The New York Knicks and the Indiana Pacers are two evenly matched teams that are ready to take on each other in an upcoming regular-season game. The Knicks stand seventh in the Eastern Conference table while the Pacers are right behind their tail at eighth. 

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Venue: Madison Square Garden

Time: 8:00 PM EST (February 27, 2021)

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The Knicks vs the Pacers is a must-watch clash owing to what’s at stake. If Indiana wins, they will push New York to their eighth spot and claim the seventh ranking in the Eastern Conference. But it won’t be straightforward, especially at MSG. 

New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers: Injury Updates and Lineups

Knicks

The New York Knicks have recently been on an inconsistent run, but their latest game against the Sacramento Kings ended in a convincing fashion. Should they carry the same momentum into Saturday’s game, a win would be imminent. 

New York isn’t hindered too much by injuries, although they have one player who will be unavailable for the game. Mitchell Robinson will miss the game due to a fractured hand, while point-guard Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is on the questionable list. 

Possible Lineup

Immanuel Quickley (G) 

Reggie Bullock (G) 

RJ Barrett (F) 

Julius Randle (F) 

Nerlens Noel (C) 

Pacers

The Indiana Pacers are fearlessly led by Domantas Sabonis, who is making a mark in the absence of key starters. Sabonis is averaging 21.5 points per game along with securing 11.7 rebounds to carry the Pacers on his back.

Dec 27, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) celebrates his game winning shot and a foul in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Malcolm Brogdon has been vital in helping Sabonis get the wins for Indiana, but they’re still without Caris LeVert and T. J. Warren. On top of that, JaKarr Sampson is also unavailable for the Knicks game, but he’s hardly got any minutes this season so it won’t have much of an effect on the Pacers. 

Possible Lineup

Malcolm Brogdon (G) 

Justin Holiday (G) 

Doug McDermott (F) 

Domantas Sabonis (F) 

Myles Turner (C) 

Prediction

This game will be intense for all possible reasons. There is a lot on the line, as the Knicks and Pacers are almost on even terms with their regular-season records. As mentioned before, if Indiana wins, they’ll take the Knicks’ spot on the Eastern Conference table. 

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However, the Knicks are the favorites to win this game based on their recent form. They trashed the Kings by 19 points and Julius Randle’s hot hand is continuing to get them the wins. Furthermore, rookie Immanuel Quickley is a treat to watch, and he might once again impress if given a chance to start the game. 

Jan 29, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley (5) is congratulated by forward Obi Toppin (1) and center Nerlens Noel (right) after scoring a three point basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/Pool Photos-USA TODAY Sports

The game is at the prestigious Madison Square Garden, and we’re picking the New York Knicks to win this fixture due to home advantage and because they hold a better momentum.

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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