The New York Knicks are on the outside looking in at the Eastern Conference playoff picture but still have time to get their foot in the door as the regular season comes to a close. With just 150/1 odds of winning, they’re far from a reassuring NBA betting choice, but there’s no reason to believe that they can’t edge out the short-staffed Atlanta Hawks for the eighth and final seed.
Led by the same disjointed roster that’s led them over the course of the past few seasons, this year’s Knicks will hope for a miracle in the event that they manage to sneak into the postseason. That, however, is no knock on Carmelo Anthony.
Averaging 27.5 points per game, Melo has re-established himself as a franchise player that fans (and bettors) can rely on. It’s that surrounding cast that causes concern.
JR Smith trails Anthony for the team lead in scoring, but his is an inconsistent presence that basketball fans would be wise to be nervous about down the stretch. Smith’s unpredictability, coupled with Amar’e Stoudemire’s injury history and Andrea Bargnani’s own shortcomings make for an interesting club.
On the bright side, though, the Knicks have gotten some of the most production they’ve had out of Stoudemire since Anthony arrived in New York, and first-year wing Tim Hardaway Jr has fit in well with the Big Apple culture.
This Friday the Knicks will put themselves on the line as they take on their division rival Toronto Raptors. The Raps have already clinched their postseason berth and should serve as a valuable gauging tool for those interested in seeing how New York stacks up.