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Where: Madison Square Garden, New York.
When: Thursday March 20, 00:00 GMT.
The New York Knicks host the Indiana Pacers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night hoping to start the Phil Jackson era by extending their six-game winning streak.
Jackson was introduced to the media on Tuesday as team president and despite all the off-court distractions, the Knicks (27-40) appear to be focused on chasing down the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
They’ve now won six straight by double digits and while they appear to be fighting for their lives, they will face a significant test when they take on the leaders in the East in the Pacers who are on a four-game winning streak of their own.
Indiana (50-17) have won both previous meetings with the Knicks so far this season, but there have been recent questions over their motivation as they continue to struggle to look as convincing as they did earlier in the year.
Nevertheless, they are still chasing a team record for victories in a season and they need to win 12 of their final 15 to achieve it whilst also holding the Miami Heat off for the top seed.
They will arrive at the Garden knowing that the Knicks will be feeling positive as things begin to click into place both in the short-term and long-term, but the hosts will be all too aware that their momentum could be halted in this contest and in turn their playoff dream could be dealt a serious blow with a loss.
Naturally, both Carmelo Anthony and Paul George will be hoping to lead their respective teams to victory, and so it promises to be a thrilling encounter between two teams who still have plenty to play for this season.