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.

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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.

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