The Knicks (25-40) sit 3.5 games back of the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference and are playing their best basketball of 2014. The team has reeled off four consecutive victories and look to extend that streak to five against their Atlantic Division rival. The team has won five in a row only once this season — from Jan. 5-13.
New York is 1-2 against Boston on the season, while Carmelo Anthony averaged 23.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists in three meetings.
Despite a rebuilding effort, the Celtics (24-42) have been holding their own of late, especially on the defensive end. Boston has limited its opponents to 19.1 percent (17 for 89) from beyond the arc over the past four contests, in which the team is 2-2.
UPDATE (12:43 p.m): Tyson Chandler will miss his second straight game. Cole Aldrich will get the start.
Projected Starters: Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Cole Aldrich
Projected Starters: Rajon Rondo, Jerryd Bayless, Brandon Bass, Jeff Green, Kris Humphries