Harris DeckerWith seven games remaining in the season, the Knicks kept pace with the Atlanta Hawks Monday night, defeating the Utah Jazz 92-83. Earlier in the night, the Hawks beat the 76ers, snapping their six game losing streak.
If the Knicks are going to make the playoffs, they have a huge hill to climb. With the arrival of April, the Knicks have seven games left and all are against playoff bound teams. They face the Heat, Bulls, Wizards, the Nets twice and the Raptors twice. All seven of those teams will likely make the playoffs and in order to reach the eight seed, the Knicks will need to come up big.
On the other hand, the Hawks have a much easier schedule. With nine games remaining, they face Pistons, Bucks and Bobcats over the final two weeks. There are also tougher matchups with the Bulls, Nets, Heat and Pacers. Still, the road is much tougher for the Knicks.
In order to get into the playoffs, the Knicks are going to need to get tough. Carmelo Anthony continued his incredible season out west, where he averaged 27.8 points and he will need to come through even bigger once the Knicks kick off April on Wednesday.