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Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles.
When: Wednesday March 26, 02:30 GMT
The season may well be over for a Los Angeles Lakers team decimated by injuries, but it is still all to play for with the New York Knicks chasing the playoffs.
With their eight-game winning streak coming to an end against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, many suggested that the momentum would disappear as the Knicks hit the last stretch of the regular season.
However, with the Atlanta Hawks struggling, they remain just two-and-a-half games adrift of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference as they prepare for a five-game road trip.
New York (29-41) rued their collapse against the Cavs with J.R. Smith conceded it was a huge opportunity lost, but they must regroup and go again quickly if they are to catch the Hawks with just 12 games remaining.
They will be buoyed by the fact that they will face the bottom three teams in the West in the Lakers, Kings and Jazz, and can only focus on what they do to get the wins while Atlanta’s opponents do them a favour.
The Knicks haven’t beaten the Lakers in Los Angeles since February 2007, although with the hosts decimated by injuries they will likely be at their most vulnerable in terms of that long-standing record.
Pau Gasol and Steve Nash are expected to sit out and it will be a tough task in limiting Carmelo Anthony’s scoring, but coach Mike D’Antoni must find a way of doing so if his team are to have a significant chance of winning.
Jordan Hill admitted recently that the team is purely “playing for pride” and even if they are 23-46 for the season, they are still the Lakers and will hope to give their fanatical support something more to cheer about.