No. 2 NEW YORK KNICKS (54-28, 4-2) vs. No. 3 INDIANA PACERS (49-32, 4-2)
Season series: Tied, 2-2. The Knicks shot just 37 percent from the field and 26 percent from 3-point range. They sustained their worst loss of the season when the Pacers beat them 125-91 on Feb. 20 in Indianapolis, but managed to split the series and wrap up the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 90-80 home victory April 14. Carmelo Anthony averaged 22 points but was only 4 of 17 on 3-pointers (23.5 percent), while Paul George scored 20 a game for the Pacers.
Story line: Back in the second round for the first time since 2000, the Knicks face a regular playoff rival from the 1990s, whose team president, Donnie Walsh, got them started on their return to prominence when he held the same position in New York from 2008-11. One of these teams will have to look sharper than it did in the first round to make people believe it would have a chance in a presumed conference finals matchup with Miami.
Key Matchup I: Tyson Chandler vs. Roy Hibbert. Chandler says he's fully recovered and finally looks it after he was sidelined for much of the end of the regular season with a bulging disk. He averaged 12.7 points and 11.7 rebounds in three appearances against the Pacers and outplayed Hibbert, who shot only 42 percent and averaged 5.5 points and 6.3 boards against the Knicks.
Key Matchup II: Anthony vs. David West. The Knicks' small lineup gives Anthony advantages on offense against power forwards but makes him susceptible to getting banged around on defense covering bigger guys, and he's battling left shoulder pain after Kevin Garnett pulled on his arm during the first round. The Knicks may consider a conventional lineup with Kenyon Martin — or even Amare Stoudemire if he can return from knee surgery — getting minutes against the rugged West.
X-Factor: Iman Shumpert and Pablo Prigioni. They combined to shoot just 6 of 25 against the Pacers during the season but look much more ready to contribute offensively now. Shumpert scored 17 points and Prigioni had 14 in the Knicks' Game 6 clincher against Boston, combining for seven 3-pointers.