The Knicks host the Pellies for a sort of off-brand home and home game.
The Knicks handled the Pelicans pretty well last time, so I’m confident that the Knicks can keep this streak moving to six!
Let’s go pick six, Knicks!
The Knicks head to Dallas to hopefully put more of a stamp on their chances of avoiding the play-in games while also helping to make sure that the Dallas Mavericks do have to play in the play-in games (and hopefully lose them both and have their first round pick, which goes to the Knicks, end up in the lottery, where I can only assume it will be picked as the #1 overall pick).
The Knicks head into tonight clinging to the #6 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they’re just barely ahead of the Miami Heat for the #7 seed (and the Heat own the tiebreaker with the Knicks). Luckily for the Knicks, the injury-ravaged Hornets are falling down, and while the slightly less-injury ravaged Pacers are doing better, they have some ground to make up, so it really looks like the Knicks’ best chance is being either the #6 or the #7 seed, which would be either an amazing avoidance of the play-in game all together or at least get to have two chances at making the playoffs via the play-in games.
Let’s go win five in a row, Knicks!
The Knicks head to the Big Easy to take on the New Orleans Pelicans, with the Knicks facing off against Zion Williamson for the first time ever!
We saw RJ Barrett up his game during the clutch against the #2 pick of the draft where Barrett was taken third, so will he do the same against the #1 pick from that draft? Let’s hope so!
Let’s go win four in a row and a make a move to avoid the play-in game entirely, Knicks!
The Knicks host the weird ass Toronto Raptors tonight with a very good chance to both get back to .500 and also let the Raptors know that, seriously, they can just give up already and just properly tank.
OG Anunoby (taken 15 picks after Frank Ntilikina) is resting tonight, Fred VanVleet is out, Deandre Bembry is suspended (the Knicks will luck out and will somehow have players from the same fight suspended against them in back to back games) and yet somehow Kyle Lowry is actually playing. The Raptors are fucking weird. Just tank already!
Let’s go get back to .500, Knicks!
This is a big game for the Knicks. The Grizzlies aren’t an amazing team, but they’re definitely what I would count as a good team, and thus, this is a perfect opportunity for the Knicks to finally beat a good team. Not counting the Bucks game where the Bucks took a scheduled loss, the Knicks haven’t beaten a team who had a winning record when the Knicks played them in over two months. That just sounds like an absurd stat, right? It’s been over two months since the Knicks beat a team who had a winning record when they played (excepting the Bucks game, but, well, come on now).
So this Grizzlies team is ripe for the plucking. Plus, it has two other matchups we can root for, like RJ Barret trying to outdo Ja Morant, who was taken one pick ahead of him, and Immanuel Quickley hopefully outperforming Desmond Bane, who was taken five picks after Quickley and is hitting 44.6% (?!?!?!) of his threes this season.
That the Grizzlies are playing so well without Jaren Jackson is quite impressive. Grayson Allen has been having a hot streak.
Let’s go get back to within a game of .500, Knicks!
The Knicks head to Boston with the same record as the Celtics. If they win tonight, they’ll sit alone in 7th place, which would be swell.
A battle of two almost .500 clubs. Two teams enter. One leaves with a non-losing record. To paraphrase Elvis (himself covering the Everly Brothers), let it be the Knicks.
Let’s go get back to .500 and embarrass the Celtics in their own arena again, Knicks!