The Pacers will try to close out the Knicks at Madison Square Garden tonight after dominating the two games in Indianapolis. This has been simple: the Pacers are controlling the glass and their defense is stifling the Knicks, who simply cannot get enough good looks in this series. Roy Hibbert controls the paint, and the length of Paul George has forced Carmelo Anthony into a boatload of difficult shots. I'm actually expecting the Knicks to survive tonight, and force the series back to Indy for a game six, but they have to find a way to get some open threes and at least compete on the glass.
The Spurs appeared to take control of this series with their game five win at home, but I thought the same thing after they won game three in Oakland, only to see the Warriors come back in game four. They seem to have found a way to slow down the Curry-Thompson tandem (thanks mostly to Curry's ankle problems and Kawhi Leonard). Oracle will be loud tonight as the Warriors try to force a game seven, but the Spurs have plenty of experience in these situations. I think the Spurs end this tonight, but sometimes shooters get hot, so you never know.
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