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Tuesday, April 7th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (30-47) at Chicago Bulls (37-40), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls hope to continue their recent success in the Windy City and inch closer to one of the final playoff spots in the Eastern Conference tonight when they host the New York Knicks.

With five games to play, the Bulls, who have won 11 of their past 12 games at the United Center, are knotted with Detroit for seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff race, three games clear of ninth-place Charlotte.

Chicago hosts the Bobcats on Saturday and visits the Pistons on Monday, as they try to nail down one of the final two spots.

Most recently Chicago opened a four-game homestand by topping New Jersey, 103-94, on Saturday. Ben Gordon netted a team-high 18 points and made a big three-pointer in the final minute in that one to lift the Bulls.

John Salmons added 17 points and Derrick Rose contributed 15 and five assists for Chicago, while Joakim Noah chipped in 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals for the Bulls, who have won five of seven overall and play four of their final fives games at United Center, where they are 25-12 on the season.

The Knicks, meanwhile, finally snapped an ugly nine-game skid in Toronto on Sunday when David Lee earned his NBA-leading 61st double- double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, as the Knicks earned a 112-103 victory over the Raptors at Air Canada Centre in the back end of a home-and-home set.

The last time New York notched a win north of the border was a 109-103 victory on March 5, 2004.

Al Harrington tallied his ninth double-double with 12 points and 10 boards for the Knicks, who snapped a four-game slide overall and eliminated Toronto from postseason contention. Wilson Chandler and Quentin Richardson scored 17 and 16 points, respectively. Nate Robinson ended with 13 points and seven assists.

These two teams have split a pair of meetings this season with each winning on its home floor. The Bulls have owned New York in the Windy City, however, winning 13 of their last 15 meetings at the United Center.

04/07 10:43:59 ET


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