The New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers are embroiled in a closely contested Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup, with both teams trading haymakers. With the series tied at 3-3, the squads head back to New York City to play a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday.

The ticket price currently starts at $610, which is more than every Pacers regular season game combined, via TickPick. Attending every Indiana game at the “get-in” price would've cost $566.

Of course, New York is known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world, and the “World's Most Famous Arena” is no exception. Combine that with this being the Knicks' most important game in decades, and it's a recipe for an unaffordable event.

Will New York justify the exorbitant price, or will it overcharge its fans to see a gut-wrenching loss?

The Knicks are favored, but it will probably come down to the wire

New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson (11) shoots the ball while Indiana Pacers forward Aaron Nesmith (23) defends during game six of the second round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
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Games at the Garden tend to feel like the main event, even in the regular season. The building's history and fierce home crowd add to its aura, creating an environment that can only be understood when felt in person. Even Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton is looking forward to experiencing Game 7 there, via's Wheat Hotchkiss.

“It’s exciting for us. A lot of us, this is our first playoff experience let alone our first Game 7,” Haliburton said. “I think we’re all excited about it. We’ve got to be ready to go for 48 minutes. The Garden is an unbelievable environment and the crowd will be rowdy. We just haven’t won there yet, so we’ve got to prove we’re able to do that.”

Indiana goes have a Garden issue, as the club is 0-3 in New York's arena this series, including a 30-point loss in Game 5. The Pacers only have one away win this entire playoff run, which came against the Milwaukee Bucks last round.

The Knicks, on the other hand, are 5-1 at home since the playoffs began. The New York faithful will be a welcome sight for the ailing squad, as its injury list continues to pile up.

Sharpshooting guard Donte DiVincenzo, one of the few healthy Knicks left, couldn't be happier to be returning home, via SNY.

“I mean I think, you know, speaking of home court, you look back at the end of the season, it's the exact reason why we played the last couple of games to get that two seed,” DiVincenzo said. “This is the exact reason. We're going home, Game 7. We know the Garden's gonna be rocking and we're trying to handle business.”

The Knicks are two-point favorites, via FanDuel. This will be the first Game 7 at the Garden since 1995, when New York lost a heartbreaker to Indiana after Patrick Ewing missed a game-tying finger roll at the buzzer. This year's Knicks could settle the score from two generations ago.

The game could come down to health, as Josh Hart and OG Anunoby are both questionable heading into the matchup. That's in addition to Julius Randle, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Mitchell Robinson, who all suffered season-ending injuries. Meanwhile, the Pacers are only missing Bennedict Mathurin.

If New York can overcome the adversity, it'll be the organization's first Eastern Conference Finals appearance since 2000, which is why a thrilling victory could be worth the price of admission.