The Indiana Pacers are chasing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The New York Knicks just hope to be joining them in the postseason as they begin a tough stretch in their schedule without Jeremy Lin or Amare Stoudemire.
Indiana will try to snap a three-game losing streak against New York on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Pacers (31-21) have won six of nine to pull within one-half game of Orlando for third place in the Eastern Conference, with Atlantic Division-leading Boston currently holding the No. 4 spot.
Indiana is coming off a 104-102 overtime win at Houston on Sunday. Danny Granger hit two free throws with 15.7 seconds left in the extra session and had a block at the buzzer, finishing with 32 points.
"We wanted to go 2-0 on this back-to-back," Granger said, lamenting a defeat at San Antonio on Saturday. "After the loss last night, it was great to get the win tonight against a really good team. ... We needed this win, and now we get to ...