Fixture: New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers
Date & Time: Saturday December 7, 2019, 7:30 PM ET (Sunday, 12:30 AM GMT)
Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York.
After eight straight losses, New York Knicks’ record to a 4-18. It has never been worse in the franchise history, and it led to the sacking of coach David Fizdale- 18 months into his Knicks coaching job.
The Knicks currently rank last in the NBA this season in points per game (103.7), field-goal percentage (42.2%), point differential (10.8 ppg) and offensive efficiency. After racking up some unwanted numbers, the only thing the Knicks can be optimistic about is the new coach turning things around. Although it seems highly unlikely that they will be anywhere near a play-off spot, they would want the interim coach to do a decent enough job for the new coach to start rebuilding when he comes.
They will be coming into Saturday’s game against Indian Pacers as the worst team in the league.
Pacers, on the other hand, have had a good run in the league so far. They have won eight out of their last 10 games and lost only three in their previous 15. This run has seen them improve their record to a 14-8, occupying the sixth place in the Eastern Conference. They will be looking to further improve their record on Saturday against a struggling Knicks.
Pacers on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/npzOXDyhPG
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) December 6, 2019
Injury updates & team news-
New York Knicks-
Injuries: Damyean Dotson (Finger)- Probable, Reggie Bullock (Back)- Out
Expected starting line up: RJ Barrett, Frank Ntilikina, Julius Randle, Marcus Morris, Taj Gibson
Injuries: JaKarr Sampson (Back)- Out, Victor Olapdipo (Knee)- Out, Edmond Sumner (Hand)- Probable
Expected starting line up: Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb, TJ Warren, Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner
In the last game for the Pacer, Domantas Sabonis registered a double double scoring 18 points and taking down 13 rebounds. TJ Warren was the highest scorer with 24 points on the night.
The Knicks, on the other hand will be looking for some inspiration on the court after two crushing defeats against the Bucks and the Nuggets in the last two games. Marcus Morris’ return would definitely help them. As things stand for the Knicks, it seems extremely difficult for them to get past Indiana Pacers on Saturday.