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Monday, March 10, 2014
W2W4: Knicks vs. Sixers

By Ian Begley

Here are a few things to keep an eye on during Monday night's Knicks-Sixers game:

Playoff push: The conversation off the court will be dominated by Phil Jackson. On the court, the Knicks will be trying to make a playoff push.

New York enters play tonight just 3 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Knicks are 10th in the East, half a game behind the ninth-place Pistons.

A win over Philadelphia would give the Knicks sole possession of ninth place in the East.

Detroit is idle on Monday. The Hawks, who have lost six straight, are in Utah. Which means a Knicks win and an Atlanta loss would leave New York just 2 1/2 games back of the eighth playoff spot.

Struggling Sixers: The Knicks lost to the Sixers at home in late January in one of their worst games at MSG this season.

But this is a different Sixers team coming to town. Philly has lost 16 straight, four shy of its franchise record set in 1972-73. That team set the NBA mark for futility with nine regular-season wins. This Sixers team is trying to be just as bad as it jockeys for position in this June's NBA Draft.

Just how bad are the Sixers right now? They are coming off a 104-92 home loss to Utah, a team that failed to top 91 points in its previous five games.

No Tyson: Tyson Chandler will not play against Philly due to personal reasons. This means that Mike Woodson will have to make a decision about his starting lineup. Maybe he inserts Jeremy Tyler into the lineup.

In the last four games, he's gone with Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith in the starting five. The Knicks are 3-1 in that span.

Carmelo Anthony, however, has struggled recently against the Sixers.

He is shooting 39.2 percent from the floor against the 76ers over the past three seasons.

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