The Knicks play the Nets for the final time in New Jersey on Wednesday night. But, more importantly, they are in the thick of a race for one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference.
Here are a few things to watch tonight in Newark:
ANTHONY ON FIRE: The Nets will see a different version of Carmelo Anthony than they'd faced earlier this season.
In his first two games against New Jersey, Anthony scored 11 points per game and shot 27 percent from the floor (9-for-26).
Things have changed drastically for Anthony since New York's last meeting against New Jersey on Feb. 20.
That night, Anthony returned from a groin injury and struggled as the Knicks fell to the Nets, 100-92.
Anthony has since healed his groin and wrist injuries and Mike Woodson has taken over for Mike D'Antoni.
And Anthony has thrived since he's been healthy, averaging nearly 31 points on 50 percent shooting over the last 12 games -- much higher than his season averages of 22 points on 42 percent shooting.
'KIBOSH' ON HEALTHY POINT GUARDS Nets coach Avery Johnson says that New Jersey point guard Deron Williams put the 'kibosh' on Jeremy Lin's surreal run in February when he hung 38 on the Knicks at the Garden.
Williams won't have a chance to state his case on Wednesday. Both he and Lin are sidelined with injuries.
In fact, the Knicks point guard situation may be severely hindered by injury on Wednesday.
Baron Davis had a stomach bug on Tuesday, which he treated with I.V. fluids before the game. He then tweaked his left hamstring in the third quarter. He said afterward that he would be able start on Wednesday.
If not, it's unclear who the Knicks would turn to at point guard.
Woodson would likely give minutes to Mike Bibby and Toney Douglas.
J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert have handled the ball late in games.
PLAYOFF WATCH: The Knicks enter play Wednesday a game up on Philadelphia for the seventh seed in the East. The Knicks also hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Sixers.
They are 2 1/2 games up on Milwaukee, which sits in ninth place. The Knicks are tied head-to-head with Milwaukee. The second tiebreaker is conference record, if necessary.
All three teams play sub-.500 teams on Wednesday. Philly is at Cleveland and Milwaukee travels to Washington.
Also, the Knicks are 3 1/2 games behind Boston for the Atlantic Division lead with five games remaining for the Knicks.
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