Baron Davis (back) will also start for the Knicks, who lost Game 1 on Saturday by 33 points. Shooting guard Landry Fields will replace injured rookie Iman Shumpert in the starting lineup.
Shumpert suffered an ACL and lateral meniscus tear in his left knee. He is expected to miss 6-8 months.
Mike Woodson said he chose to start Fields over J.R. Smith at shooting guard because he wanted to keep Smith's scoring in the team's second unit.
The interim head coach will also keep a close eye on Davis' minutes on Monday. The 33-year-old Davis scored 10 points in the first half of Game 1 but had to leave the game in the third quarter when his back stiffened up following a collision.
"I'm feeling a little bit better. I woke up, did some exercise, so I should be ready to go," Davis said.