The Knicks learned their fate Monday night, when the NBA Eastern Conference teams locked into their playoff seeding. The Knicks, who clinched the sixth seed in the conference with a seven-game winning streak, will open the playoffs this weekend in Boston, the third seed.
The teams will offer a preview of sorts on Wednesday; however, both teams, with nothing tangible to gain from winning the game, are expected to rest their stars.
Boston has defeated the Knicks in three of the teams' match-up this season, but only once since the Knicks' blockbuster trade for Anthony.
The Knicks, in the playoffs for the first time in seven years, have a long history with their rivals to the north. Boston has a career playoff edge, 7-6, but the Knicks prevailed in their last meeting in 1990.
The Knicks enter the playoffs on a roll. Anthony, who hit yet another game-winning shot on Sunday against the Indiana Pacers, has averaged 31 points per game during the team's seven-game winning streak.