NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, April 4th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (29-44) at New York Knicks (31-42), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Two teams fighting for a playoff berth in the Eastern
Conference meet tonight, as the New York Knicks host Atlantic Division-rival
Philadelphia at Madison Square Garden.
The Sixers have lost four of their last seven games and wrap up a short
two-game road trip tonight in New York. In Saturday's loss to the New Jersey
Nets at Continental Airlines Arena, Andre Miller finished with 14 points and
12 assists and Samuel Dalembert had 12 points with 10 rebounds for the 76ers.
Joe Smith added 14 points and nine boards, while Andre Iguodala registered 13
points for Philadelphia, which is 4 1/2 games off the eighth and final
playoff spot in the East.
Philly owns a 10-27 record away from home this season. In injury news for the
Sixers, center/forward Joe Smith (personal) is questionable against New York.
Meanwhile, the Knicks are fading fast from the playoff picture and sit 2 1/2
games off the final postseason berth in the East.
New York has lost two straight and six of its last seven games, including
Saturday's 103-94 overtime loss to the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at
the Ford Center. Eddy Curry poured in a game-high 34 points to go along with
13 boards for the Knicks, who will open a brief two-game homestand tonight.
The Knicks will also host Minnesota on the stand and are 19-18 in the Big
Apple this season. In injury news for New York, guard Steve Francis (ankle) is
expected to miss today's game and center Kelvin Cato (sinus infection) is
questionable against Philadelphia.
Wednesday's game between Atlantic Division foes is the fourth and final
meeting of the regular season. The Sixers are 2-1 in the season series and
have won five of six and six of the last nine meetings.
Philadelphia has lost seven of its last eight at Madison Square Garden.
04/04 10:43:49 ET