W2W4: Knicks vs. Cavs

Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Thursday's Knicks-Cavs game:

Streaking? The Knicks have won their last three games by an average of 20.7 points. Can that kind of domination continue against Cleveland? The Cavs have lost three of four and were booed on their home court after their most recent loss.

So it seems like Thursday is another night that the Knicks can take advantage of an overmatched opponent. How many times have you been able to say that this season?

If they take care of business, the Knicks will extend their winning streak to four. The longest winning streak of the season took place earlier this month when New York (18-27) won five in a row.

The Knicks' last three wins have come against Charlotte, Los Angeles and Boston -- three teams that seem to be bound for the lottery. But it only gets tougher for New York after tonight.

They take on Miami at home on Saturday and, after a trip to Milwaukee, they play the Blazers, Nuggets and Thunder.

Playoffs??? With a win, the Knicks can move a half-game out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They'd prefer, though, to be in sixth to avoid a first-round matchup with Miami or Indiana. New York enters play Friday four games behind the 6th-place Wizards.

If Carmelo Anthony can continue his torrid scoring, the Knicks may surpass the Wiz by the beginning of March. Anthony's been red-hot recently, scoring 121 points over his last three games. He needs 46 to tie his most points over a four-game span (April 2013).

The Knicks offense has been humming since Andrea Bargnani went down with an elbow injury. It will be interesting to see if that trend continues.

Will Shump be around to guard Kyrie? Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving averages 25.9 points per game against the Knicks (in seven games). That's his second-highest scoring average against any opponent (26.4 against Milwaukee).

It's unclear at this point if New York will have Iman Shumpert available to guard Irving. Shumpert injured his shoulder in the first quarter of Tuesday's game against Boston and did not return.

Based on that information alone, it would seem to be a long shot that he plays. It's worth watching how Woodson decides to defend Irving. Will he use Shumpert, if healthy? What about Raymond Felton?

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