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New York at Indiana
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana

The streaking Indiana Pacers look to take another step toward claiming a playoff berth when they host the New York Knicks on Wednesday. The Pacers have won eight of their last 10 games, and the hot stretch has elevated them into the group of teams battling for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. “One day we’re tied for eighth, then we’re back in ninth,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel told reporters. “So we can’t look ahead. We have to take it game by game.”

The Knicks limp into town after putting together a putrid effort against Sacramento and getting routed 124-86 on Tuesday. “The most disappointing part is not necessarily losing the game, but just the way collectivity as a group we couldn’t find a way to compete against this team,” New York coach Derek Fisher told reporters. The Knicks possess the worst record in the NBA and also have the worst road mark at 4-25.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, MSG (New York), FSN Indiana

ABOUT THE KNICKS (12-47): Point guard Jose Calderon has missed three straight games and an MRI exam displayed that he has a strained Achilles’ tendon. He will be re-examined in about two weeks and then a decision will be made whether or not he plays again this season, though Calderon hopes he will be in New York next season. “I want to be a part of this,” Calderon told reporters. “But at the end of the day, there’s nothing you can do about the stuff you cannot control.”

ABOUT THE PACERS (25-34):
Center Roy Hibbert sure appeared motivated in Sunday’s 94-74 win over the Philadelphia 76ers as he had 14 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. “Getting down towards the end of the season, we know every game is important,” Hibbert told reporters. “We just try to put a little more emphasis on everything and how we go about our business.” The 74 points were the fewest Indiana has allowed this season, and the 76ers didn’t score a single point over the final 6:47.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Indiana has won five consecutive home games against the Knicks, including a 103-82 victory on Jan. 29.

2. New York’s starters had just 24 points on 8-of-29 shooting in the loss to Sacramento.

3. Pacers SG C.J. Miles (feet) is bothered by soreness and had seven points on 2-of-10 shooting against Philadelphia.

PREDICTION: Pacers 103, Knicks 80
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
New York 12-47 L1 8-22 4-24 3-7 9-40 4-7 8-30
Indiana 25-34 W2 14-14 11-20 1-2 24-32 5-5 17-16
Last Meeting
New York Indiana
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/29/15 NY 82 IND 103 82 33 42.0 103 49 53.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New York C. Anthony 18 43.8 2
Indiana R. Stuckey 22 61.5 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New York J. Smith 7 3 4
Indiana R. Hibbert 10 2 8
Assists Player  
New York J. Calderon 6
Indiana D. West 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
New York C. Anthony 1096 44.5 219
Indiana C. Miles 672 38.5 102
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
New York C. Anthony 294 80 214
Indiana R. Hibbert 434 118 316
Assists Player  
New York J. Calderon 210
Indiana D. Sloan 194
Quickchart Matchup
New York Off vs  Indiana Defense
92.8 Points For
96.7 Points Against
43.3 FG%
43.7 FG%
40.2 Reb
42.4 Reb
Indiana Off vs  New York Defense
96.0 Points For
101.3 Points Against
43.6 FG%
46.1 FG%
42.4 Reb
43.3 Reb