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Ethan NorofCorrespondent IApril 11, 2012

The New York Knicks (29-28) and Milwaukee Bucks (28-29) square off on Wednesday night in a marquee Eastern Conference matchup.

With playoff seeding on the line and the Bucks just one game behind the Knicks in the standings, there is a ton at stake for each team in this game.

After the Knicks lost to a Chicago Bulls team that was playing without Derrick Rose on Tuesday, New York will attempt to rebound against a gritty Milwaukee club.

The Bucks are 15-13 at home, while the Knicks stand at just 10-18 away from Madison Square Garden.

 

Where: Bradley Center—Milwaukee

When: Wednesday, April 11, 8 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: NBA League Pass

Listen: 1050 AM (Knicks), 620 WTMJ (Bucks)

Betting Line: Bucks -4, according to Bovada.lv

Key Injuries: Jeremy Lin (knee), Amar'e Stoudemire (back), Kwame Brown (torn pectoral)

 

What they're saying

The Knicks come into this game against the Bucks knowing exactly what is at stake.

After losing to the Bulls on Tuesday, Tyson Chandler painted the picture clearly for what his team has to do in Milwaukee (via Marc Berman of the New York Post): "It's a must win for us. We have to approach it as if it's a Game 7 playoff game. We have to understand what's at stake. We have to leave it out on the floor."

It's not going to be easy for the Knicks, however. New York is just 2-10 over the last 12 games against Milwaukee.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 26:  J.R. Smith #8 of the New York Knicks defends against Monta Ellis #11 of the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden on March 26, 2012 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading an
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Most important player to watch: Monta Ellis, SG, Milwaukee Bucks

After struggling to find his groove in Milwaukee upon his initial arrival, Ellis has done a better job of acclimating to his new surroundings in April.

Although he's coming off just a nine-point effort in a blowout loss to Oklahoma City on Monday, Ellis had scored 17 points or more in four straight games prior to that.

The Knicks simply can't allow Ellis to get his shot going, because when he does, Ellis becomes a dangerous threat to the opposition from almost anywhere on the floor.

It wouldn't be surprising to see New York defend Ellis with a healthy dose of Iman Shumpert, who has shown he can really hold his own on defense during his rookie season.

 

Key matchup: Carmelo Anthony vs. Ersan Ilyasova

New York has been utilizing a smaller lineup with Amar'e Stoudemire sidelined, and Anthony has settled into a nice little groove at power forward. Anthony has shot better than 50 percent in three of his four games in April, and he's averaging a whopping 32.5 points per game over that stretch.

Ilaysova hasn't been quite as prolific in the scoring department in April, but he's logged three double-doubles already this month and is really a monster on the glass.

It should be a very interesting battle for both players.

 

Prediction

Bucks 92, Knicks 85

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