However, despite all the positives of Tuesday night’s game, it may not indicate a major surge for New York; the victory is tarnished because Charlotte is one of the league’s worst teams. Before facing the Knicks, the Bobcats had a record of 3 wins and 14 losses. Out of 30 N.B.A. teams, Charlotte ranked 26th in offensive efficency and 28th in defensive efficiency. In simpler terms, the Bobcats are bad at both scoring and defending.
There is a way to calculate the probability of one team beating another by using both team’s win percentage along with the league’s home win percentage. A more effective way to do this is by taking the team’s expected win percentage, which is based on their point differential, in lieu of their actual record….
By using these numbers, I found the odds of a New York victory to be 66.9 percent. That is, despite being a road team with a mediocre win-loss record, the Knicks were still expected to win.