Knicks Could Make Surprise Run for 2024 NBA Title

Knicks Could Make Surprise Run for 2024 NBA Title

The New York Knicks are one of the most popular and important legacy franchises in the NBA. However, the Knicks have only two championships (1970 and 1973). The last time the Knicks played in the NBA Finals was in 1999. And that was just their second NBA Future Odds appearance since 1973. Late on, gamblers have witnessed more upsets in the NBA Playoffs than ever before. Cause by the Knicks’ emphasis on defense, they could be a surprise team in the postseason. Still, New York’s lack of a go-to man who can take over games is problematic.

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New York Knicks Team Overview

At the approach of the All-Star Break, the New York Knicks are 32-18 straight up, 29-19-2 against the spread, and 20-30 over/under the sportsbook total. Late on, New York has covered seven out of their last eight games. At the same time, the Knicks have gone under the total in 11of its previous 12 matchups. New York is 4th in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. New York is 5.5 games behind the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Overall, New York has NBA metrics of 15th for scoring offense, 21st for field goal percentage, 15th for 3-point field goal percentage, 14th for free throw percentage, and 3rd for offensive rebounding. On defense, the Knicks have NBA metrics of 2nd for scoring defense, 8th for field goal percentage permitted, 12th for 3-point field goal percentage allowed, and 3rd for defensive rebounding. Of course, the Knicks are one of the top defensive teams in the NBA. Offsetting that is a lack of secondary scoring. Hence, the Gamblers love the Knicks for a strong profit margin this season.

New York Knicks Key Players and Coach

Head coach Tom Thibodeau is in the elite class of NBA bench bosses. Thibodeau is a 2-time NBA Coach of the Year and has a career NBA odds record of 477-572. He led the Chicago Bulls to the Eastern Conference Finals twice. Additionally, Thiboudeau proved to be a turnaround artist in Chicago, Minnesota, and New York.

PG Jalen Brunson is averaging 27.3 points and 6.5 assists per game. Brunson was a 2nd round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Villanova by the Dallas Mavericks. This season marks his first NBA All-Star Game appearance. Brunson won two national championships for Jay Wright at Nova. He was the 2018 Big East Player of the Year. Also, he was named the national college player of the year that same season. Last year was a career year for Brunson, but he is on pace to top it in the current campaign.

PF Julius Randle is averaging 24.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Previously, Randle was the 7th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft out of Kentucky by the Los Angeles Lakers. He is a 3-time NBA All-Star, including this season. Randle is coming off a career campaign last season but could match it.

OG Anunoby was acquired from the Toronto Raptors this season. In turn, he was the 23rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by Toronto out of Indiana. He was a member of the Raptors 2019 NBA championship team. On December 30, Toronto traded Anunoby from the Raptors.

On the whole, there has been no more disappointing NBA franchise than the New York Knicks. Their failure has been a source of perpetual frustration for the league. Correlate that the NBA is at its best when there are strong teams in big cities like New York

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