NBA Playoff Predictor: New York Knicks

Grover is also disappointed in the Knicks

It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock ‘n roll, New York. The Knicks have tumbled down the Eastern Conference ladder, a year after being the #2 seed going into the playoffs and winning 54 games. The Knicks are now 15-26, sitting in 11th place. A 3-13 start to the season gave the team a bleak vision of the season, and another recent 4-game losing streak isn’t helping. The problem is simple — Carmelo Anthony doesn’t have a good team around him. His contributions are triple that of the 2nd best player on the team according to Win Shares, and he’s having another great season. He averages more rebounds than both the center (Andrea Bargnani) and power forward (Tyson Chandler), is second on the team in assists and has scored over 450 more points than any other Knicks player.  In short, the Knicks can’t wait to get Amare Stoudemire and his $22 million salary of their books and use that money to sign useful players.

  • 8th worst point differential in NBA
  • 6th easiest schedule for rest of the season
  • Lost last 4
  • 1-5 in games decided by 3 points or less (tends to average out through the season)
  • 3rd worst rebounding team in NBA
  • H0llinger playoff odds: 40%

Verdict: The Celtics and Knicks look like they’re racing to see who can miss the playoffs in worse fashion in seems. Even so, the Eastern Conference is woeful as a whole, with only two teams above .500. This gives them a chance to make the NBA playoffs, and a decent one at that. I don’t buy into the 40% given to them by Hollinger’s system, so i’ll go with 30%. 

The Week in TicketCity Search – Feburary 17th

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Feb. 13th
1 - New York Knicks
2 2 Madonna
3 3 Drake
4 - Maná
5 5 San Antonio Rodeo
6 7 Justin Bieber
7 6 Van Halen
8 - Adele
9 - Kevin Hart
10 - Houston Rodeo

Well, ordinarily I’d be wondering why the Knicks came out of nowhere to capture the top spot on the countdown this week, but it was fairly hard to escape the hailstorm of media coverage garnered by one Jeremy Lin. Were it not for Mr. Lin, the countdown would have been concert exclusive.

Madonna and Drake remain stationary in the second and third spots, while Maná returns to the countdown with a new tour. They were quite popular on the countdown during their last tour, but don’t worry, I think I used up all my role-playing terminology puns then.

Down in the bottom five, recent Grammy sweeper Adele appears. Currently no dates are available, but she has stated she’ll be working on a new album soon and so another tour will likely not be far behind. Kevin Hart takes over comedy duties from Daniel Tosh this week, and the Houston Rodeo rounds out the bottom five as the San Antonio Rodeo did for the top five.