Nineteen of the Knicks' final 30 regular-season games are away from Madison Square Garden.
Many see this as a death sentence for the team.
But a look at the remaining regular-season schedule shows that some time away from Madison Square Garden may not be the worst thing in the world for New York (20-32).
For one, the Knicks are 12-18 at home and 8-14 on the road. So they're playing .400 ball no matter where the game is being played.
And the Garden hasn't exactly been a safe haven for Mike Woodson and the Knicks. They've suffered home losses to Sacramento, Boston (by 41) and Charlotte, to name a few of the more disappointing performances at MSG.
So maybe all the road games down the stretch will help the Knicks make up the 2 1/2 game deficit between themselves and the eighth-place Bobcats.
The combined winning percentage of their final 30 opponents is 46.3 percent. That strength of schedule, if extended over an 82-game slate, would rank as the weakest in the NBA, per John Hollinger's Power Rankings.
To date, Knicks' opponents have a combined winning percentage of 49.3 -- which is just the 20th highest in the NBA.
Eleven of the Knicks' final 30 games come against teams that enter play Monday with a worse record than their own.
So the last 30 games could be a road to redemption for the Knicks. But if they play the inconsistent, mistake-filled basketball that they showed in the first half, it will be a road to ruin.
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