As the seeding stands today, a potential Knicks-Hawks playoff matchup would take place in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Although they are a No. 2 seed and currently riding a 12-game winning streak, New York is far from invincible. The franchise has only won one playoff game since 2001 and its star, Carmelo Anthony, is not known for his postseason prowess.
With one game remaining against New York, Atlanta is 0-2 against the Knicks this season.
New York does not have a defense that can consistently stop Horford in the post and, in their previous matchups, point guard Jeff Teague was able to provide solid backcourt scoring and average 21.5 points per game.
If Atlanta is going to have a shot at defeating New York in a seven-game series, it is going to come down to defense.
Carmelo Anthony is averaging 41 points per game against the Hawks this year. Unless Josh Smith steps up and is able to slow Anthony down, the Knicks will be able to out-shoot Atlanta to a series win.
If their defense steps up, the Hawks have a legitimate shot to win a series against the Knicks. If not, expect a high-scoring series and the Knicks to win in six games.