Current Standings – New York (53-28) They are set as the 2nd seed in the Eastern Conference and the 1st place finisher in the Atlantic Division. Atlanta (44-37) – 6th in the Eastern Conference but have the same record as the 5th seed, Chicago Bulls.
Injury Update – New York – OUT - Carmelo Anthony (shoulder) Tyson Chandler (neck), Amar’e Stoudemire (knee) J.R. Smith (Coach’s Decision), Kenyon Martin (Knee) Day-To-Day - Marcus Camby (foot) Atlanta – Day-To-Day – Josh Smith (knee), Al Horford (shoulder)
Previous Meeting - On April 3, The Knicks won 95-82 on the road.
What’s At Stake – It’s the last game of the year, but the Knicks should hold everything back now. Their season against the Boston Celtics in the first round is set in stone and therefore tonight’s game does not call for the Knicks to take any chances. If anything tonight’s game should be strictly used to figure out any last minute kinks.
Key Matchup – Head Coach Mike Woodson vs. The Atlanta Hawks – Whether the Knicks win or lose tonight their fate is the same and therefore if Mike Woodson feels the team needs some more preparation for their series against Boston then tonight is the night to get things straight. Woodson’s main focus right now has to be to make sure that the Knicks are a smooth running machine come Saturday at 1:00 PM ET.
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