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Knicks vs Hawks preview: Atlanta faces New York in final regular season home game

The Hawks play host to the Knicks on Monday, in what is the final regular season home tilt for Atlanta.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks have 60 wins.

That is, quite frankly, a reality that does not seem like a reality, but here we are. At any rate, the Hawks host the New York Knicks on Monday evening in what is the last home game of the regular season.

For all intents and purposes, this game means nothing in the standings, as Atlanta cruises to the number one seed while New York enjoys the Eastern Conference basement. However, there are a few things to watch.

First and foremost is the status of Paul Millsap. The All-Star power forward has missed the past four games with a shoulder ailment, but given that the team only ruled him out through Sunday's tilt in Washington, there is some optimism that Millsap could see the floor against the Knicks.

Beyond that, the Hawks kept the entire starting five out of the lineup on Sunday, with Al Horford, DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Korver and Jeff Teague simply given the designation of "rest" for their absence. That leans toward a full deployment on Monday, and it could be the final time that we see a 100% roster before the playoffs begin over the weekend.

Tuning things up toward the playoffs is, quite obviously, the focus at this point, and even if the Knicks are a borderline NBA team at this point, it would be good to take care of business in front of the home fans one additional time. The Atlanta Hawks have big goals, and the city is primed to kick things off, perhaps with a festive atmosphere on Monday. Stay tuned.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Monday, April 13, 7:30 p.m. ET

Location: Philips Arena, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: SportSouth

Radio: 92.9 "The Game" FM