NBA Playoff Picture: Knicks host Wizards at MSG

Christian Petersen

While the Atlanta Hawks are taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night the New York Knicks will be hosting the Washington Wizards in an important matchup in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

While the Atlanta Hawks are taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New York Knicks will be hosting the Washington Wizards at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks enter play on Friday percentage points ahead of Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Washington is trying to keep pace with the Brooklyn Nets while the Knicks and Hawks are fighting for their playoff lives. The Cavaliers are three back of the Hawks in the loss column but have a favorable schedule the rest of the way and could inch closer tonight with a win at Philips Arena.

The Wizards have won both regular season meetings with the Knicks and are 5-5 over their last 10 games. They defeated the Boston Celtics 118-92 on Wednesday behind 22 points and eight rebounds from Marcin Gortat. The Knicks have won seven of 10 and hammered Brooklyn 110-81 also on Wednesday. Tip off from Madison Square Garden is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen via NBA League Pass.

The Wizards have won both regular season meetings with the Knicks and are 5-5 over their last 10 games. They defeated the Boston Celtics 118-92 on Wednesday behind 22 points and eight rebounds from Marcin Gortat. The Knicks have won seven of 10 and hammered Brooklyn 110-81 also on Wednesday.

Tip off from Madison Square Garden is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen via NBA League Pass. Here is a look at the East Standings entering play tonight:

Team W L PCT GB
5. Brooklyn Nets 40 34 .541 12.0
6. Washington Wizards 39 36 .520 13.5
7. Charlotte Bobcats 37 38 .493 15.5
8. New York Knicks 33 43 .434 20.0
9. Atlanta Hawks 32 42 .432 20.0
10. Cleveland Cavaliers 31 45 .408 22.0
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