Harris DeckerThings are about to get really interesting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Wednesday night, the Knicks pulled even with the Hawks for the 8th seed but their records still look very different. The Knicks have played two more games than the Hawks. That gap will be made up next week.
On Sunday, the Knicks face the Heat for the fourth time this season, with Miami having taken two of the three meetings. After that game, the Knicks will have four days off, playing again on April 11 against the Toronto Raptors. They face the Raptors five days later to close the regular season.
On Sunday, the Hawks take on the Pacers. While the Knicks take most of the rest of that week off, the Hawks will makeup the two games, catching the Knicks in games played by Friday. During that week, the Hawks face the Pistons and Celtics before a matchup against the Nets in Brooklyn on April 11.
Next Friday will feature two games played on the east coast. The games will be played 347 miles apart and feature four different teams. Three of those teams will be in the playoffs while one sits on the outside looking in. By that night, we will likely have a firm grasp on who holds the advantage in representing the 8th seed in the eastern conference playoffs. It’s been a crazy season and it’s hard to believe that one week from tonight we might find the Knicks in control of their own destiny.