The New York Knicks host the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks (29-40) won their eighth consecutive game Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, positioning them 2.5 games back of the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. New York has defeated Cleveland in each of the teams’ past two meetings.
The Cavaliers (26-44), conversely, have dropped four in a row and sit 4.5 games back of the Knicks in the conference standings. In their last trip to New York, the Knicks blew out the Cavaliers by 31 points. In their last meeting, the Knicks won by 10. Kyrie Irving is averaging better than 30 points per game against New York this season, but he is out dealing with a biceps injury.
Projected Starters (NYK): Raymond Felton, J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler
Projected Starters (CLE): Jarrett Jack, Dion Waiters, Alonzo Gee, Tristan Thompson, Spencer Hawes