Top Home Games of 2013-14: No. 8 vs. NYK

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

Other 2013-14 games between these two teams
Sunday, Dec. 1, New Orleans at New York

Why it’s on the list
Following All-Star festivities in New Orleans and a 12-day hiatus from home games, the Pelicans will open the second half of the regular season with a mid-week contest against the Knicks. New York, which finished with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference last season, is headlined by forward Carmelo Anthony, the NBA’s reigning scoring champion.

Two key members of the Knicks are former New Orleans players and coincidentally were included in the same summer 2006 trade. On July 5, 2006, New Orleans acquired Tyson Chandler, while dealing J.R. Smith to Chicago. After playing for other teams, Chandler and Smith both became Knicks either before or during the abbreviated 2011-12 regular season. In 2010-11, Chandler had been crowned an NBA champion as the starting center for Dallas.

Smith earned the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award last season, while New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson also finished in the top five of voting. The quality reserves are also both among the league’s most prolific three-point shooters: Anderson finished second with 213 makes in 2012-13, while Smith was 19th at 155.

What’s new in New York
There’s no such thing as a quiet offseason in the Big Apple. After the Knicks’ most successful season in more than a decade, they made a much-debated trade to bring in former No. 1 overall pick Andrea Bargnani from Toronto. New York also signed the often-controversial Metta World Peace, who grew up in Gotham and played college basketball at St. John’s. Sticking with the theme of adding well-known names, the Knicks selected Michigan wing Tim Hardaway Jr. in the first round of the June draft. Hardaway’s father was a point guard who frequently tormented the Knicks during playoff series in the 1990s.