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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Is Knicks' schedule top-heavy?

By Ian Begley

The Knicks play six games against teams that finished in the top four in the Western Conference in 2010-2011. They play 14 games against teams that finished in the top four in the Eastern Conference.

So that means 30% of their games are against teams that finished in the top four in their respective conferences.

Overall, 34 of the Knicks' 66 games are against teams that made the playoffs last season.

Certainly, last season's record isn't an accurate indicator of a team's future success. But it certainly gives you an idea of what the Knicks are in for this year.

WESTERN BOUND: The Knicks play 18 games against Western Conference foes this season, down from 30 in a normal schedule.

They face each team once and play the Lakers, Mavericks and Kings twice. Both the Lakers and Mavericks finished the regular season with 57 wins. The Mavericks won the NBA title. The schedule makers didn't do the Knicks any favors there.

UNBALANCED ATLANTIC: The Knicks have an unbalanced division schedule. They play four against Boston and Toronto and three against Philly (two home) and New Jersey (two home).... They get Central-winning Chicago four times (a maximum total. They get a break against Miami, Orlando and Atlanta, playing each team three times.

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