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Game Preview: Knicks @ Pacers, 12/23/2020

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Season opener!

Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

I can’t believe we’re here but look at us! Massive delays and cancellations as a result of a global pandemic that still grips society at large. It seems so unlikely that a contact sport with people traveling across the country, in and out hotels, airports, buses and wherever else has any shot at surviving. There has been 323k deaths in the untied states as of today. Palm that basketball.

Shall we play a game?

Projected Starters

I think you gotta go with the best five and that group is pretty obvious to me.

Immanuel Quickley vs. Malcolm Brogdon

Alec Burks vs. Victor Oladipo

RJ Barrett vs. TJ Warren

Julius Randle vs. Domantas Sabonis

Mitchell Robinson vs. Myles Turner

When you look at it, I think the Pacers largely have the advantage, but I don’t feel the same gut punch that preceded every altercation game like it has the past few seasons. There is a natural order to this squad and they might actually get stops? Is that possible? They’ll have their work cut out for them, and I’m not anticipating a winning season. A season with reasonable expectations for wins on a regular basis might just be in the cards. Or at least on the precipice of being in the cards. If someone counts cards, give me a sign. Tap under the table or something.

Keys & Predictions

The Knicks are going to stomp the shit out of the Pacers for two of the four quarters. Unfortunately the Pacers will stomp the shit out of the Knicks for two quarters. The Pacers shit stomping is a bit heftier. They just know how to throw their weight around. If there’s any sliver of hope, it’s that the Cavs threw the Pacers out of a moving vehicle in their two pre-season meetings. Whereas the Knicks put the Cavs in a hot air balloon then tossed their bodies onto a moving jumbo jet, the jumbo jet then used it’s windshield wipers and the Cavs fell from quite the altitude.

Knicks by -3.

Warm Up Music

Basketball back. If you love Xmas so much why don’t you marry it. Christ, y’alls mighty.

Can you keep up?