Insider: Pacers have advantage over Knicks

The Knicks will likely be battling Indiana for the second seed in the East for the remainder of the regular season.

The No. 2 seed is important because it would give the Knicks home-court advantage over the Pacers in a potential second-round matchup.

One ESPN.com writer has bad news for Knicks fans, though.

Insider Kevin Pelton surmises that Indiana would have an advantage over New York in the playoffs, regardless of whether the Knicks have home court or not. He bases his opinion on the regular season series between the two teams.

Writes Pelton: "New York can take solace in the fact that one of its two losses to the Pacers (81-76 at Indiana on Jan. 10) came with Carmelo Anthony sidelined. However, Anthony was back in the lineup for the Pacers' 125-91 home blowout in the first game after the All-Star break, when he was outplayed by Indiana's Paul George. And New York's head-to-head win in November at MSG, which featured Rasheed Wallace coming off the bench for nine points and seven rebounds, feels like ancient history."

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