The Knicks travel to Atlanta to play the Hawks in a showdown between two probable playoff teams.

The Hawks have won only three of their last eight games. The Knicks are coming off a painful loss to the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.

Chauncey Billups will likely sit out the game. Hawks big man Josh Smith will play and wear a knee brace.

Carmelo Anthony leads the Knicks in scoring average at 26.5 points per game. Joe Johnson, who was on a short list to join the Knicks during this past free-agent summer, leads the Hawks in scoring at 19.2.

The Hawks currently are in the fifth seed of the playoffs, and Knicks are sixth.