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So, What Seed Are the Knicks Gonna End Up With?

Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks drives to the basket against Luc Richard Mbah a Moute #12 of the Milwaukee Bucks on April 11, 2012 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Knicks have only eight games left in the regular season. It went by so fast. If you haven't been to MSG for a game this year, you have four more chances before playoff prices kick in. (If there are, in fact, playoffs.) Just eight games left in this crazy, ridiculous season. Each of the eight games will mean a lot.

As we head into a weekend during which a quarter of those eight games will be played, we thought, in the wake of that massive win over the Bucks on Wednesday night, we'd take a look at where the Knicks stand and where this might end up.

The Bulls and Heat are "fighting" for the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds; Chicago is currently four games up and probably feeling rather safe. Either way, the odds are excellent that the top three seeds will be Chicago, Miami, and Indiana. There's a three-way tie for the No. 4 seed, with Boston (which would get the seed by winning the Atlantic Division anyway), Atlanta, and Orlando. Then you have Philadelphia, one game ahead of the Knicks, and Milwaukee, two games back.

So the Knicks are almost certainly looking at a No. 7 or a No. 8 seed, unless they collapse and miss the playoffs altogether. We suppose it's possible that they go 8-0 and one of those tied-for-No.-4 teams goes 4-4 or something, but we're classifying that as "unlikely," especially considering the Knicks have games against the Heat and Celtics coming up and then four of their last five on the road. That said, if the Knicks were to beat Miami and Boston, those road games aren't particularly daunting: at New Jersey, at Cleveland, at Atlanta (the toughest one), and at Charlotte. Not to be too pie-in-the-sky about it, but if they're winning at Milwaukee, a much better team than all of those teams but Atlanta, there's no reason they can't win at least three of those games. Then they've got Washington tonight, so there's four wins. Sneak out a couple of wins against Miami and Boston, and win those road games, then all of a sudden that last week of the season (which includes the final home game of the regular season, against the Clippers), starts looking awfully interesting.

One thing that definitely seems unlikely to happen, at this point, is the Knicks missing the playoffs completely. If the Knicks stumbled to the finish and only went, say, 3-5 — and that is almost certainly not going to occur — the Bucks would still have to go 5-3 with two games against the Pacers, one against the Celtics, and one against the 76ers. And don't forget about those 76ers: Their schedule is as tough as anybody's, with only two home games left, one against the Pacers.

So, the Knicks' schedule the rest of the way, again:

Tonight: versus Washington
Sunday: versus Miami
Tuesday: versus Boston
Wednesday: at New Jersey
April 20: at Cleveland
April 22: at Atlanta
April 25: versus L.A. Clippers
April 26: at Charlotte

Here's our official predictions of what seed the Knicks will have, depending on their record the rest of the way:

8-0: No. 4
7-1: No. 5
6-2: No. 7
5-3: No. 7
4-4: No. 8
3-5: No. 8
2-6: out of playoffs
1-7: out of playoffs
0-8: out of playoffs

So, pin that to your fridge. And enjoy this last fortnight. It's finally gonna be over. We're already sort of sad about it.

Photo: Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images