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New York Knicks One Win Away From Stepping Into Playoff Picture

J.R. Smith

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks can still dream about the postseason after a narrow 89-84 victory against the Golden State Warriors. New York now holds a 31-43 record, one win away from climbing above the Atlanta Hawks, who are currently 31-41 and hold the eighth and final playoff seed. It may be a terrible season when compared to their record from a year ago, but a playoff appearance would be worth the effort.

The Knicks won seven of the last ten games, but their upcoming schedule will only get harder. According to PlayoffStatus.com, New York’s schedule is the toughest in the Eastern Conference. Seven of the eight remaining games are against teams that are currently in the playoff picture. New York’s next game will be in Salt Lake City, where the Knicks will face the Utah Jazz, who has the fourth lowest winning percentage in the league.

The Hawks have an easier route to the playoffs than the Knicks. With ten games left in the Hawks’ schedule, five of the games are against teams that currently hold a playoff spot. Although the Hawks appear to have an easy schedule on paper, Atlanta has lost the last six games and will need to solve their problems on the court before the losing streak extends further.

The Knicks failed to win games against beatable teams in the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers a week ago, and now they suffer the consequences of working even harder to fight for the conference’s final playoff spot. If New York wins against the young and struggling Jazz, and Atlanta loses their next game against the Philadelphia 76ers, the Knicks will officially be in the playoff picture.

Tim Ahmed is an NBA Writer for RantSports.com.  Follow Tim on Twitter @TheTimAhmed, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.