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Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks: 2024 NBA Playoffs second-round series odds

It's a clash of styles in the second round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs as the high-octane Indiana Pacers face a tough New York Knicks team that can grind its opponents down.

The Pacers played at the fastest pace among playoff teams in the regular season with 101.7 possessions per game, the second-fastest pace in the league.

The Knicks play at the slowest pace in the league at 95.2 possessions per game, trailing the next-slowest team by a full possession per game.

With experienced coaches in Rick Carlisle and Tom Thibodeau leading Indiana and New York respectively, this could end up being one of the 2024 postseason's most fascinating series.

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Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks playoff history

The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers have a storied rivalry within the NBA Playoffs as a result of meeting in six postseason series between 1993 and 2000.

In the first meeting between the teams in 1993, the Knicks - led by Patrick Ewing, John Starks and Anthony Mason - beat the Pacers in four games in the then-best-of-five first round despite Reggie Miller averaging 31.5 points on 52.6 percent three-point shooting.

The Knicks beat Indiana again in 1994, this time in seven games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Only one team scored 100 points in a game in the series, which the Knicks did just once by scoring exactly 100 in Game 1. It was a true defensive struggle that included games with final scores of 88-68, 83-77, and 89-78.

These teams met for the third straight postseason in 1995, and the Pacers finally won a series, doing so in seven games in the Conference Semifinals. It was less of a defensive struggle than the last series, and 7-foot-4 Indiana center Rik Smits stepped up by matching Miller's 22.6 points per game.

The teams did not cross paths in the 1996 playoffs and the Pacers missed the 1997 postseason. They met again in the 1998 Conference Semifinals, with Indiana winning in five games. Miller led all players with 24.6 points per game in the series, and he was supported by Smits and veterans Chris Mullin and Mark Jackson.

New York and Indiana faced off again in the 1999 Eastern Conference Finals, and the Knicks won in six games. The Knicks looked different as a 36-year-old Ewing played in just two games while Allan Houston, Latrell Sprewell, Larry Johnson and Marcus Camby led the way. Plus, the Knicks defense held Miller to 16.2 points per game.

They met again in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000, and the Pacers won in six games as Miller averaged 21.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting including a 34-point performance in Game 6. Jalen Rose chipped in 19 points per game for Indiana.

The 2013 postseason was the most recent playoff meeting between these teams. Indiana, led by Paul George, David West, Roy Hibbert, Lance Stephenson and George Hill beat the Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks in six games.

Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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