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Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami.
When: Sunday April 6, 18:00 BST
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With their playoff hopes in the balance, the New York Knicks know that they can’t afford any slip-ups as they take on the Miami Heat on Sunday.
Miami (52-23) have their own race to consider too, with the Indiana Pacers stumbling their way down the stretch, the Heat have emerged as the leaders in the Eastern Conference albeit not in the most comprehensive fashion.
Nevertheless, they will be keen to make the most of their rivals slipping up, and while Dwyane Wade and Greg Oden are expected to continue to sit out, they know what they must do with just seven games of the regular season remaining.
The Heat still have two games in hand on the Pacers who host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night, although Indiana have a favourable run-in with the defending champions having a tougher task ahead.
Meanwhile, the Knicks (33-44) are one game behind Atlanta for the eighth and final playoff spot, and while they had the momentum and overtook their rivals, their defeat to Washington on Friday saw them stumble backwards.
There are concerns over Carmelo Anthony as he struggled with a shoulder injury which saw him turn over the ball nine times in that loss, and while he plans to play on Sunday, it remains to be seen what kind of condition he is in.
However, the Knicks know they can ill-afford to not have him on the court as we get closer to crunch time, although they will be boosted by the fact that J.R. Smith is finding his range in recent games and providing a real threat on offense again.
Miami star Chris Bosh insists that his team have to “have fun with it” as it goes down to the wire, and this promises to be a thrilling game if things get tense near the end.