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Friday, April 6th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Timberwolves (31-43) at New York Knicks (31-43), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two teams that are barely alive in the playoff race meet tonight, as the Minnesota Timberwolves visit the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

New York is 2 1/2 games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference, while Minnesota is a distant six games behind the eighth-seeded Clippers in the West.

This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On November 22nd, Ricky Davis scored 21 points and dished out seven assists to lead Minnesota over the Knicks, 107-89, at the Target Center.

Minnesota has won three in a row in the series, and four of its last five at New York.

The Timberwolves try to get back on the winning track this evening. On Tuesday, LeBron James ended with a game-high 31 points to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 101-88 victory over Minnesota at the Target Center.

Kevin Garnett led the Timberwolves with 22 points and 12 rebounds in the loss to Cleveland. Randy Foye netted 18, while Rashad McCants scored 14 and Craig Smith contributed 12 points in defeat.

Minnesota is just 11-27 on the road this season. After tonight's contest, the Timberwolves return home for a four-game homestand. They will host the Hornets, Raptors, Mavericks and Spurs on the upcoming stand.

The Knicks finish a short two-game homestand. Andre Iguodala scored 18 points and Kyle Korver netted 17 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over New York, 92-90, on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

Stephon Marbury scored 30 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out six assists in the loss for New York. Renaldo Balkman added 17 points and 16 boards, while Eddy Curry had 14 points and 11 rebounds for New York, which has dropped three in a row and seven of its last eight games overall.

New York is 19-19 at Madison Square Garden this season. The Knicks are scheduled to visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday at the Bradley Center.

04/06 11:33:51 ET

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