The New York Knicks have only a slim chance of making the NBA playoffs, but they still scare the Washington Bullets.

The Bullets, battling for the Central Division championship, play the Knicks tonight at Madison Square Garden (WTOP-TV-9 at 8 p.m.) and Sunday afternoon at Capital Center.

Inquiries have helped make this a disappointing year for the talent-rich New Yorkers. Spencer Haywood has been on and off the injured list virtually all season with a bad leg. At the moment, he is on the list.

Earl Monroe is having a great year, but it is Bob McAdoo, acquired from Buffalo early in the season, who has made the Knicks capable of beating anyone.

After a slow start, McAdoo has moved up to fourth in the league in scoring with a 25.5 average. He is third in rebounding, pulling down 12.9 a game.

The Bullets and Knicks are 1-1 this season, but both games were played before the McAdoo trade.

Red Holzman also will be coaching his last game against the Bullets Sunday. Holzman announced recently that he is resigning as the Knicks coach at the end of the season. Willis Reed already has signed to replace him.

Sunday's game will be the third in three days for the Bullets. They will play in San Antonio Tuesday and faced the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday at Capital Center.