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Wednesday, October 30th (All times Eastern)

Milwaukee Bucks (0-0) at New York Knicks (0-0), 7:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Knicks are one of the NBA's elite teams and look to keep it that way when they open the 2013-14 season versus the Milwaukee Bucks at Madison Square Garden.

Led by superstar and reigning scoring champion Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks hope to finish at the top of the East and will jockey for position with Miami, Chicago, Indiana and Brooklyn. Last season, the Knicks won the Atlantic Division title for the first time since 1994.

In the offseason, the Knicks didn't need to do much to improve. The roster was solid, but that didn't stop New York from bringing in two polarizing forwards.

Andrea Bargnani, the former first overall pick, was acquired from the Toronto Raptors. The price was steep, not so much in Marcus Camby, Steve Novak or Quentin Richardson, but in a first-round pick.

"He's one of those gifted players I think I can reach," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said of Bargnani. "He's good enough to help us."

Metta World Peace was amnestied by the Los Angeles Lakers and returned home to the Big Apple, joining forces with Anthony, Tyson Chandler, Amare Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton. Shumpert is a great defender and should be even better this season after he has more time removed from his ACL surgery.

The Knicks are aiming to reach the playoffs for a fourth straight season and this time hope to make a deep run toward an NBA title.

Milwaukee was able to reach the postseason in 2012-13 despite a less-than- stellar 38-44 record. But, the Bucks were able to take advantage in the bottom tier of the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the eventual champion Miami Heat. They're hoping some new faces will improve their status this season under new head coach Larry Drew, who went 128-102 in three years with the Atlanta Hawks.

Milwaukee's backcourt of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings was explosive and scored a ton. They are now in Dallas and Detroit, respectively. Replacing them will be O.J. Mayo, another score-first shooting guard, and the point-guard tandem of Luke Ridnour and Brandon Knight, who was acquired from the Pistons for Jennings.

The final new member of the starting five is Caron Butler, a Wisconsin native, who became very emotional at the press conference announcing his acquisition.

"This is something that I always dreamed about, thought about. I never thought it would happen. So it's special," Butler said.

The Bucks even revamped their second unit, signing Gary Neal from the San Antonio Spurs, Carlos Delfino from the Houston Rockets and Zaza Pachulia from Drew's Hawks.

The new additions, however, won't keep the Bucks from facing either Miami, Chicago, Indiana and New York in the first round of the playoffs if they make it there again.

New York won all three games against Milwaukee last season and is unbeaten in the previous three matchups with the Bucks at MSG.

10/30 10:13:14 ET

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Schedule

Saturday, April 19Full Scoreboard
Brooklyn «94Final | Box
Toronto87
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Brooklyn leads series, 1-0.
Golden State «109Final | Box
LA Clippers105
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Golden State leads series, 1-0.
Atlanta743rd Qtr 3:37 | Box
Indiana61ESPN, YES, TSN
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Memphis 4/19 9:30 PM ET
Oklahoma City ESPN, SportSouth
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Full Scoreboard

Standings

2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
13th
NOR 0
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
5th
PIT 6
MIL 5
 
6th
NYM 1
ATL 3
 
5th
TAM 6
NYY 1
 
6th
MIA 6
SEA 0
 
3rd
TEX 1
CWS 1
 
3rd
LOS 0
ARI 4
 
3rd
COL 0
PHI 0
 
1st
SDP 0
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
3rd
IND 58
ATL 74
 
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
13th
NOR 0
DUR 1