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Saturday, April 7th (All times eastern)

New York Knicks (31-44) at Milwaukee Bucks (26-49), 8:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The New York Knicks are still alive in the playoff race and will hit the road tonight to take on the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center.

Although chances of claiming the eighth and final playoff spot in the East are slim, the Knicks still have a chance to punch their postseason ticket. New York is three games behind Orlando for the final berth, but has dropped four straight games.

In Friday's 99-94 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Madison Square Garden, Nate Robinson scored 21 points and Eddy Curry had 20 and six boards for the Knicks, who have seven games remaining on the 2006-07 schedule. Mardy Collins added a career-high 16 points and Channing Frye had 11 points and seven boards for New York, which has lost eight of nine overall.

The Knicks are 12-24 away from the Big Apple this season. On the injury front for New York, guards Stephon Marbury (toe) and Steve Francis (ankle) are questionable for Saturday's game.

Milwaukee has lost eight of its last nine games as well, including Friday's 115-102 setback to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.

Earl Boykins tied a career-high with 36 points and also dished out nine assists for the Bucks. Charlie Bell recorded 28 points and Ruben Patterson finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds in the setback.

The Bucks will open a three-game homestand tonight versus New York, Orlando and Indiana. They also own a 17-19 mark at the Bradley Center this season.

In injury news for Milwaukee, guards Maurice Williams (knee) and Michael Redd (knee) are doubtful for Saturday's game against New York. Forward Brian Skinner (ear infection) is questionable.

Saturday's game between the Knicks and Bucks is the fourth and final matchup of the season. New York is 2-1 so far in the season series, but Milwaukee has won five of the last eight encounters.

New York has lost three of its last four trips to the Bradley Center.

04/07 11:03:05 ET


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