Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks
Tip-off: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
The New York Knicks still have a lot to fight for. Even when the team knows the Indiana Pacers have a size advantage, the Knicks also know that Carmelo Anthony is going to get beat up banging against a bulkier body, and understand that a change to a lineup with a conventional power forward may be what they need.
Still, YouWager experts consider everything could change if they lose Game 2 tonight.
Anthony has a quickness advantage playing versus power forwards, and he’s big enough to defend many of them. However, Pacers’ David West is 6-9 and 250, playing his natural position he’s been an All-Star at, and he’s one of the toughest competitors around.
Indiana outrebounded New York 44-30 on Sunday in their 102-95 win in the opener of the second-round series.
The 28 year-old Anthony was in foul trouble and shot only 10 of 28. Experts consider something is not right with the star player who made just 35 of 110 shots over his last four games and his shooting percentage for the postseason is down to 38 percent overall and 26 percent from 3-point range.
Kenyon Martin is only an inch taller and weighs less than Anthony, who shifted from his normal small forward spot to the power forward last season when Amare Stoudemire was injured and stayed there this season when Stoudemire remained out.
New York flourished with the small lineup and an emphasis on 3-point shooting.
According to the team they believe most of their problems stemmed from being outworked, but they’ve got other problems to deal with.
Indiana center Roy Hibbert (14 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks) dominated his matchup with Tyson Chandler (4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks, 6 fouls), and Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith continued his shooting difficulties by going 4 of 15.