2017-2018 NBA Previews – Knicks Odds
Looking for 2017 New York Knicks Predictions? We’ve got your back. The New York Knicks had another disappointing season last year, and there was a shake up in the roster and the front office. Phil Jackson was let go, and after insisting they wouldn’t trade him all off season, Carmelo Anthony was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
New York Knicks Season Preview
Head Coach: Jeff Hornacek
2017-17 Record: 32-50
Knicks Odds to NBA Title: +100000
Knicks Odds to Win Conference: +7000
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With that all done now the team can focus on the rebuild and build around Kristaps Porziņģis.
Now not many people expect this team to have a lot of success this year but the big key this year is that Porzingis takes another step forward and he can handle being the star in the big apple.
New York Knicks Strengths:
The biggest strength for the New York Knicks this year is that the expectations are low, and it won’t be as big of media circus this year, although there still will be some because the fact the new is in New York.
Phil Jackson and Carmelo Anthony were two huge personalities and drama always seemed to follow them. Now that they are gone, that type of drama should cool down a bit.
Porzingis of course is the star of this team and he is a huge strength but let’s focus on the rest of the strengths beyond him.
The position of strength for this team is going to be the big men this year. Enes Kanter came back to New York in the trade for Anthony, and he is a very solid big man.
Last year he played 21 minutes for the Thunder and he put up 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Besides him though they also have Willy Hernangomez who had a breakout year last year and veteran Kyle O’Quinn.
If this teams want’s to exceed expectations this year, all three of those guys are going to really need to step up big and have probably the best years in their career.
This team is also young, and they should be able to bring a new sense of passion for the game to Madison Square Garden.
New York Knicks Weaknesses:
For the weaknesses on the team, it’s basically anyone except the center position. A starting back court of Ron Baker and Tim Hardaway Jr doesn’t sound too promising.
Baker didn’t even get solid minutes until the end of last season and now he is going to be flung into a huge role this year.
This team is going to have all kinds of problems scoring and they won’t have Anthony to bail them out this year with a big shot when once is needed.
Although the pressure isn’t going to be as high as when Anthony was the leader of this team, but they are still in New York and the fans expect some form of success.
If they get off to a really bad start this year, the fans will probably turn on them and it will be interesting to see how the young players are able to take the criticism of the media.
New York Knicks Betting Prediction: 27-55
Vegas has set the over/under at 30.5 for this team which I think is kind of high with the team they are going to be placing on the court.
Outside of their star they really don’t have a lot of talent, and they really aren’t going to do much well on the court.
I think the Knicks media is going to turn on them early and the players are going to crack under the pressure and the criticism.
The one positive for this team is that the Eastern Conference is weaker this year, and that might afford them a couple of more wins.
When the season is done I think they will finish with around 27 or 28 wins and the under will be met.
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