All of those teams are currently in playoff position.
The Knicks are a combined 2-8 against them this season.
The Atlanta Hawks have lost four straight and appear to be in a free fall. They lost in embarrassing fashion to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday and have to play the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday. If Atlanta loses, the Knicks will have a chance to cut the lead to one game with a win over Phoenix.