Bleacher Report predicts Knicks will face hated rival in 2024 playoffs

B/R’s Greg Swartz believes the Knicks and Pacers will face each other in the first round of the playoffs, which would mark the first time since 2013 that the teams have met in the postseason.

A New York-Indiana first-round series would have several interesting storylines. Two of the best point guards in the league would face each other, which would be pretty exciting. The rivalry that began in the 1990s would have added more fuel to the fire. Former Raptors OG Anunoby and Pascal Siakam would clash after starting the season together in Toronto. Don’t forget Obi Toppin, who the Knicks traded to the Pacers last July.

The last two times New York played Indiana in the postseason (2000 and 2013), the Pacers won. If B/R’s prediction comes true, perhaps the Knicks will return victorious in April. Swartz wrote that a loss to New York “would seem inevitable” for Indiana.

The most significant advantage the Knicks would have over the Pacers is their defense. If New York enters the postseason fully healthy (and there appears to be a good chance of that happening), the Knicks will have the most pesky defense among the other playoff-bound teams. New York sacrificed Quentin Grimes, one of the team’s best defenders, to acquire Alec Burks and Bojan Bogdanovic, but luckily OG Anunoby exists!

A Knicks-Pacers series would be nerve-wracking but compelling. If this is what the NBA gods have in store, do it!