NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, April 16th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Hawks (12-67) at New York Knicks (32-47), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - There will likely be plenty of empty seats at Madison Square Garden this evening, when the New York Knicks take on the lowly Atlanta Hawks.
New York has won two straight and three of its last four games, including a 100-98 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats at Charlotte Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. Stephon Marbury scored eight of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter and his jumper with 1.7 seconds remaining in the game sealed the win.
Marbury buried 5-of-8 three-pointers, handed out nine assists, grabbed four rebounds and collected three steals for the Knicks, who have won their last three road games.
Jamal Crawford had 17 points, while Kurt Thomas posted 16 and 11 boards in the win. Forward Mike Sweetney finished with 14 points for the Knicks and Trevor Ariza added 12 points.
The Knicks, who have two of their final three games of the season at home, will try to snap a four-contest home losing streak tonight. New York has lost six of its last eight home games to fall to 21-18 in its friendly confines for the season.
Atlanta has already locked up the worst record (12-67) in the league and currently is in the midst of a three-game skid. In fact, the Hawks have dropped 17 of 18 and 30 of their last 32 games since February 10.
Atlanta's horrendous season continued on Saturday, as the Hawks fell 114-105 to the Chicago Bulls at Philips Arena. Tony Delk scored 18 points and Josh Childress added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawks in the defeat. Tyronn Lue tacked on 16 points and Boris Diaw had 13 in the contest.
The Hawks shot 47 percent from the field, including 7-of-13 (.538) from three- point range. Atlanta drained 20-of-28 (.714) from the free throw line and won the rebounding war, 43-38.
The Hawks have been atrocious on the road this season, winning just three times in 39 tries. Atlanta has lost six straight and 29 of its last 30 road games.
New York has won seven straight and nine of the last 10 meetings in this series. In fact, Atlanta has lost 10 straight and 11 of its last 12 at New York.
04/17 10:09:59 ET