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Who will win Game 7 in the NBA playoffs?

NEW YORK – Tyrese Haliburton mentioned as the Pacers and Knicks reached the Eastern Conference semifinals that it would only be fitting for Indiana's return to the playoffs to include a series with their longtime playoff rivals dating back to Reggie Miller-Patrick Ewing classic battles of the 1990s.

And that's why it's fitting that the first Game 7 this young Pacers group experiences together will be against the New York Knicks.

The Pacers and Knicks met in a seventh game in two consecutive years, the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals and the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals, with the deciding game of both series being played at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks won the first game to reach their first NBA Finals since 1973, and the Pacers won Game 7 in 1995 before losing to the Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals.

These Pacers do not have the same Game 7 experience as the 1995 team and few of them have appeared in Game 7 at any point in their careers. But it was made clear to them what it will take to play against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference.

“In Game 7,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said, “it comes down to the level of competition and how well you stick together.”

Here is our prediction for Game 7

Dustin Dopirak, Pacers beat writer: The Pacers have shown a lot of themselves in these playoffs, particularly their resilience when it comes to overcoming losses and rough performances. That was pretty well established in the regular season, but the playoffs bring with it the obvious factor that every game is at least partially dependent on the season. Every time the Pacers found themselves in a must-win situation, they won.

But Game 7 is a different story, as is the win at Madison Square Garden. Gainbridge Fieldhouse has stepped up greatly in these playoffs to match the Garden's intensity, and Indiana's home crowd has increased the Pacers' ferocity and pace just as much as MSG has helped push the Knicks up through peak loads.

But neither team managed to win on the road in this series, and we can say that this trend continues. The Knicks could be in trouble if Josh Hart can't play, but if he can step up, he probably will, and Jalen Brunson will almost certainly be better in Game 7 than he was in Game 6. He knocked down a few shots and scored 26 points in the second half of Game 6, seemingly just to get his momentum going. He seems to have a classic in him and the Pacers have yet to prove they can handle this road environment: Knicks 112, Pacers 105.

This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Pacers vs. Knicks game prediction for Game 7 of the NBA playoff series

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