Pacers to push Knicks to the brink

14May 2013



As the NBA Playoffs Conference semi-finals edge closer to crunch time, Sumeet Paul previews both of Tuesday's crucial games which are available on Betfair Live  Video...


New York Knicks @ Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have the perfect opportunity to take command of their series against the New York Knicks tonight - a win would give them a 3-1 lead.


Frank Vogel's men have won all four of their post-season home games thus far, while the Knicks are 0-3 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season.


In addition, Knicks Coach Mike Woodson must deal with a trio of ailing players, with Kenyon Martin, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith all suffering with illness.


Tyson Chandler's comments after Game 3 also suggested internal trouble brewing, as he bemoaned the lack of ball movement from his team-mates with individuals playing  in isolation rather than collectively. However, Carmelo Anthony quashed any issues, stating that they are all on the same page.


The game may well be won or lost in the paint, as the Pacers have continued to dominant by out-rebounding the Knicks. As a result they may well return home on Tuesday  night with it all to do.



Golden State Warriors @ San Antonio Spurs

It has been a thrilling series between Golden State and San Antonio to this point, with the two teams locked at 2-2 in this best of seven series.


The Warriors ended a 16-year wait for a win in San Antonio in Game 2, and know a repeat performance would put them in an ideal position to advance at the expense of  the Spurs.


However, both teams have now blown late leads and won a game on the other's home floor. More importantly, neither have managed to secure consecutive wins, which makes  this arguably the most unpredictable game to call.


Neither team will be pleased with their offensive display last time out - both shooting below 40 percent. The Spurs have struggled for a while though, and Coach Gregg  Popovich will hope they improve sooner rather than later.


Given their experience and the advantage of playing at home in what is perhaps the most important game of this series, back the experience of the Spurs to see them  come through.


Recommended Bets

Back the Pacers to beat the Knicks @ 1.51

Back Indiana -5.5pts @ 1.95

Back San Antonio -7.5 pts @ 2.1



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Keywords: New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs

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