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W2W4: Knicks vs. Jazz

Here are a few things to keep an eye on tonight during the Knicks-Jazz game:

Perfect finish: The New York Knicks are holding out hope that they can make the playoffs. They'll need a strong finish to do so. But their schedule offers some hope. Starting tonight, nine of their next 10 games are against teams currently under .500.

They enter play 5 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.

History suggests they have little chance of making the postseason. No club has made the playoffs in an 82-game season with fewer than 36 wins since 1995. The Knicks would need to finish 14-6 to match that mark.

In addition, since 1984, only two teams who made the playoffs were five or more games out of the final spot with 25 or fewer games to play.

Ray resurgence? Raymond Felton is coming off what Mike Woodson called his best game of the season. If he can continue to produce, it would certainly help the Knicks' playoff push.

Felton had 18 points and eight assists in New York's win over Minnesota on Wednesday to break out of a mini-slump.

He had struggled mightily in the four games following his arraignment on weapons charges last week, hitting just 22 percent of his field goals.

When Felton plays well, the Knicks seem to do well. They are 14-9 when Felton scores in double figures.

Big lineup? Woodson has gone with a starting five of Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith, Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Felton in the past two games.

That lineup has allowed the Knicks to build early leads. Stoudemire in particular has been strong, going off for 18 points in the win over Minnesota and scoring with great efficiency. Look for Woodson to stick with this starting five for the rest of the regular season.

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