Matchup To Watch: Carmelo Anthony vs. Joe Johnson

By Matt Markowitz

Tonight, the Knicks host the Brooklyn Nets in a cross-town rivalry game.

Brooklyn is fighting for the top spot in Atlantic Division behind Toronto. With playoff hopes still alive, the Knicks know every remaining game counts.

The Knicks' biggest scoring threat, Carmelo Anthony, will face off against Brooklyn’s leading scorer, Joe Johnson, as their teams have only one more regular season meeting after tonight.

Johnson has been Brooklyn’s most clutch scorer this season, shooting 44.8 percent from the floor while averaging about 16 points per game. With numbers like these it is obvious how Johnson has led the Nets to win 16 of 22 games since the All-Star break.

Anthony has been even more impressive; as the top scorer in the Eastern Conference this season (28 points per game), the offense will run through him in tonight's matchup.

Though they are the go-to scorers on their teams, but Anthony has had one of the most productive seasons of his career. With the higher field goal percentage at (45.8), Anthony averages more attempts (21.8) than Johnson (12.8), leading to the drastic difference in scoring output.

The last time these teams met, on January 20, Brooklyn won but Anthony scored 26 points to Johnson’s 25.