Thursday, April 5, 2012
Bucks' schedule much easier than Knicks'
By Ian Begley
The Knicks are one game up on the Bucks for eighth place in the Eastern Conference heading into play on Thursday.
Both teams have 12 games left in the regular season.
But the similarities stop there.
The teams' strength of schedule are quite different.
The strength of schedule for the Knicks, based on opponents' winning percentage, is .510. The strength of schedule for the Bucks, based on the same metric, is .457.
Here's a further breakdown:
NEW YORK: Seven of the Knicks' final 12 opponents are at or over .500. Four of those seven games are at home. The Knicks have five games remaining against teams that are in the top four in their conference, including two against Chicago and one against Miami. Of their five games against teams under .500, four are on the road. The Knicks (27-27) are 9-17 on the road.
MILWAUKEE: Six of Milwaukee's final 12 foes are at or over .500. Four of those six games are at home and four are against teams that are in the top four in their conference, including a home date against Oklahoma City and two games against Indiana. Milwaukee (26-28) is 13-12 at home. Six of their final 12 games are against teams below .500, with three of those coming against teams in the bottom four of their conference.
New York's in Orlando on Thursday night. The Bucks' next game is at home against the lowly Bobcats.
The Knicks and Bucks face each other for the final time this season in Milwaukee on April 11.