NBA Playoffs schedule 2013: Pacers try to close out Knicks Saturday

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Game 6 in Indianapolis is Saturday night.

The final series of the NBA conference Semifinals resumes Saturday night when the Indiana Pacers, holding a 3-2 lead over the New York Knicks, try to close out the series at home at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. If the Pacers win, they will clinch a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2004. If they lose, they will be facing a situation that has to make Pacers fans very uncomfortable -- a Game 7 on the road at Madison Square Garden.

It doesn't matter if the series ends Saturday or Monday night, the ultimate winner will open on the road against LeBron James and the Miami Heat Wednesday night.

This series has been absolutely brutal to witness and, likely, participate in. It's been reminiscent of the mid-'90s Knicks-Pacers bouts that featured Patrick Ewing and John Starks going toe-to-toe -- sometimes literally -- withReggie Miller, Rik Smits and the Pacers. Game 6 should be more of the same, with hard fouls, low shooting percentages and a final score more resembling a football game than a basketball game.

Game Date/Time: Saturday, May 18, 8 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Odds: The Indiana Pacers are five-point favorites according to Odds Shark.

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