One team is red hot, and the other team is ice cold. That's the situation when the streaking Orlando Magic travel to New York to play the struggling New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden tonight.
The Orlando Magic have won five games in a row, and seem rather entrenched in the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.
If the playoffs were to start today, the Magic would have home-court advantage over fifth seed Atlanta, a team that has had its shares of ups and downs this season, and seems short on confidence.
The Magic's opponent tonight doesn't seem to be high on confidence basedon their recent play, either. The Knicks have lost five games in a row, and nine of their last 10.
The Knicks, on a six-game losing streak, have had five straight games of shooting below their season average. Star newcomer Carmelo Anthony has done his part in that stretch, shooting 46.7 percent and averaging 26 points per game.
In their last loss against the Charlotte Bobcats, Anthony converted 13 of his 25 shots, in a 36-point performance. The rest of the team scored 70 points on 22-of-63 shooting, or less than 35 percent.
Anthony has called tonight's game, almost a must win.
The Knicks could use stronger performances from Shawne Williams, Toney Douglas, and Jared Jeffries. The trio have struggled from the field over the losing streak.
The last time the Magic and Knicks met was March 23rd at the Garden, and Orlando came away with a 111-99 win.