TJ McConnell Over 10.5 Pts (+100 FD)

His two main defenders were Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson. He is too quick off the first step for Hart and Brunson is on McConnell to hide their weakest defender. McConnell and Haliburton love to run a lot of pick & roll to get the offense going and what we have seen from the Knicks is that they are committed to playing drop/switch defense off the pick & roll. Where McConnell thrives is getting to the paint area to score. Pretty much all but one attempt was inside the paint. Whoever Brunson is matched up with, I expect that offensive player to attack him whenever they get the chance, and that is mainly going to be two players. They are Nembhard and McConnell. The reason I like McConnell here is the Knicks are okay with the drop coverage throughout the entire game. I am not expecting 16 attempts again but 10 to 13 attempts is certainly in play here with trying to use their pace to an advantage. 


Isaiah Hartenstein Under 9.5 Reb (+112 FD)

The Knicks just lost Mitchell Robinson for the rest of the postseason with yet another ankle injury, but if anything, that should mean Precious Achiuwa would be taking Mitchell’s minutes. Hartenstein played 36 minutes in Game 1 versus the Pacers, grabbing 6 rebounds on 11 rebound chances. The Pacers did well out rebounding the Knicks in the first half 24 to 21, but in the second half things turned around as the Knicks dominated the glass grabbing 19 boards to the Pacers 9. Emphasis will be on rebounding tonight as they cannot allow that to happen again, especially offensive rebounds and giving this Knicks team 2nd chances opportunities. I don’t see Hartenstein playing closer to 40 minutes but rather closer to around 36 minutes again. Josh Hart and OG Anunoby continue to crash the boards and limit his rebounding opportunities but with the Pacers needing better effort on the glass, expect Hartenstein to be limited rebounding in Game 2 again.