Pacers vs. Knicks: Seeding on the line in East battle

Andy Lyons

The Knicks have a chance to clinch second place in the Eastern Conference with a win Sunday.

The New York Knicks have a chance to wrap up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a win over the Indiana Pacers Sunday.

For more on the story, visit Posting and Toasting or Indy Cornrows

The Pacers (49-30) still have a slim shot at catching the Knicks (52-27) in the standings. Indiana would need to win its final three games while the Knicks would have to lose their final three. The teams would be tied, but Indiana would win the season series and hold the tie-breaker with a win at New York Sunday.

Indiana is also trying to hold off the hard-charging Brooklyn Nets (47-32), who trail the Pacers by just two games. The Knicks will likely face the Boston Celtics in the first round if they hold onto the second seed. The Pacers will likely face either the Atlanta Hawks or Chicago Bulls in the first round. Those teams are separated by just a half game for the fifth and sixth seeds.

Paul George has averaged nearly 24 points per game against the Knicks this season, six points per game higher than his overall season average.

The Pacers will try to cool off Carmelo Anthony, who is averaging 38.6 points per game in seven games in April. Anthony has only played in two of the three games against the Pacers this season and Indiana has held him in check. Anthony has averaged 20.5 points per game on just 37 percent shooting.

The Knicks could be without Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin against Indiana's imposing frontcourt. Roy Hibbert is averaging nearly 20 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 58 percent in April and West averages 17 points and eight rebounds per game for the season.

More from SB Nation:

Flannery: Welcome back, Deron Williams

Let the overhyping of Ben McLemore begin

Pau Gasol flexed his skills Tuesday

Rudy Gay and the credibility of a 30-48 team

Maloofs would accept Sacramento's offer

How a 29-year-old rookie made it to the NBA

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.