Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
As the new year approaches, the Knicks and Nets are just a few of the teams with playoff dreams on their mind.
The Knicks have been played inspired basketball sans their last game, compiling an 18-6 record. Carmelo Anthony has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle and will be a game-time decision for this one.
On the other hand, Brooklyn started hot but has been reeling since center Brook Lopez went down with a foot injury, leaving the Nets at 13-11 and sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Many thought the Hawks would be a non-factor this year after trading away Joe Johnson. However, Atlanta (15-7) has shocked the pundits and played exceptionally under head coach Larry Drew, looking unselfish and showing zest on defense.
Of course, the Thunder are rolling as usual with the league's best mark of 20-4. Kevin Durant is leading the way with 27.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. Losing James Harden would be a disaster for most teams, but Oklahoma City doesn't appear to notice.
For a look at Wednesday's full slate of games, please click here.
Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks, 7 p.m., ESPN
Oklahoma City Thunder at Atlanta Hawks, 7:30 p.m., NBA League Pass