The 2020-21 NBA season has officially commenced and fans around the world are as excited as ever.
The rivalry between these two Eastern Conference teams dates back to the '90s, back when Indiana Pacers legend Reggie Miller got into a fight with New York Knicks superfan Spike Lee.
The rivalry became one of the most bitter ones in league history as fans of both teams were unwelcoming to the opposition players.
Although the rivalry has no meaning now, fans always feel the emotions in an NBA game.
The New York Knicks are clear underdogs in this matchup and the Indiana Pacers should cruise to a victory. Several players have reported injuries and we might see this game with incomplete rosters.
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New York Knicks
The New York Knicks are one of the most struggling franchises in the NBA. The team is trying to start fresh, having hired a new front office and a new head coach in Tom Thibodeau.
The Knicks are currently in the middle of a rebuilding process. Despite making a few roster changes, they are still doubtful to land a playoff spot.
Austin Rivers has suffered a groin injury and has been ruled out of their encounter today, while Mitchell Robinson and Dennis Smith are stated as "questionable".
Omari Spellman was reported to have a sore right knee and is going to sit out this game as well.
Injured: Austin Rivers, Omari Spellman
Doubtful: Mitchell Robinson, Dennis Smith
The Indiana Pacers are coming off a rough 2020 postseason. After being an incredible team in the regular season restart, they were unfortunately swept in the first round by eventual finalists Miami Heat.
The Pacers have reported quite a lot of injuries as well. Three players from their lineup have been ruled out of the game today, while T.J. Warren is questionable due to a right foot injury.
Myles Turner was deemed doubtful due to an illness as well, but his name wasn't mentioned in the injury report.
Injured: Brain Bowen II, Goga Bitadze, Jeremy Lamb
Doubtful: T.J. Warren, Myles Turner
At what time does the match between New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers tip-off?
United States: December 23, 2020 - 7 PM ET
India: December 24, 2020 - 5:30 AM IST
Where and how to watch
New York Knicks vs Indiana Pacers?
United States: Fox Sports Indiana and MSG (Local TV) + 93.5/107.5 The Fan, ESPN NY 98.7 (Radio)
India: Not Available (as of now)
Worldwide: NBA League PassPublished 23 Dec 2020, 20:14 IST