Episode 422: The Search Continues

Marc and Jay talk about the coaching search, who’s been interviewed, who should be, and first round playoff talk
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Knicks Look to Close Out NBA Season on High Note

Knicks Look to Close Out NBA Season on High Note

With only a few remaining games in what has been a disappointing season for the New York Knicks, there are still reasons to get interested in the final stretch. As the Knicks will go into most of their final games as underdogs, the NBA basketball lines for the Knicks remaining games promise some big payoffs for anyone looking to make money off of a Knicks upset.

Here are some of the key matchups to look at:

April 9th & 11th – home and home series against the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs will be looking to use these games as a springboard into the playoffs. Currently sitting in third place in the East and five games into a win streak, the Cavs would do themselves well by getting two big wins against an inferior team right before heading into the postseason. With as close as their division is (Indiana is right on their heels and Milwaukee isn’t too far behind either) the Cavs may even need these games to lock up third place, which will be crucial down the stretch. Look for a confident Cavaliers team to show up to this back to back series. It will be doubtful that the Knicks could pull wins off in either of these games, but if Cleveland takes things for granted in an effort to rest up before the playoffs, or if they choose to give their bench some more playing time before things get serious, the Knicks have a shot at a couple of wins here. As proof it’s not impossible, the Knicks did win the first meeting of the season, taking a 114-95 victory back on October 9th.

March 28th vs the 76’ers

Philadelphia has already locked up a spot in the east, but they are right in the middle of a bunch of teams who could move up or down the standings depending on how the rest of the season plays out. The Knicks have yet to win against the 76’ers this year, most recently dropping a 118-110 contest at home back on March 15th. Since Philly will be trying to string together some wins going into the playoffs to both give themselves momentum and gain ground in the standings, look for them not to take this contest lightly. This game is the least likely to end in an upset, so if you are looking to make money off the Knicks, this is not the most likely game to do it.

April 7th vs the Bucks

During a miserable 1-17 stretch that lasted all the way through February and halfway into March, the Knicks faced the Bucks three times and dropped all of those contests (92-90, 103-89 and 120-112). Fast forward to now, and well…nothing has changed much. The Bucks have still not clinched a spot in the East, but still have a good chance at making the playoffs along with the Miami Heat, with whom they are tied in wins with 39. Depending on what happens between now and then, these are games that the Knicks could possibly steal if Milwaukee takes things for granted. All three times they matched up this year the Knicks were in the middle of playing their worst basketball and come April 7th they might feel they have something to prove. You never know this time of year.

A STATISTICAL LOOK AT WHAT THE PAST HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE FUTURE’S ALL STARS

A STATISTICAL LOOK AT WHAT THE PAST HAS TO SAY ABOUT THE FUTURE’S ALL STARS

Written By: Torsten Maier (August 7, 2017)

Inevitably, a handful of tomorrow’s All-Stars will have been picked in the recent
2017 NBA Draft. In this article, we’ll discuss a few interesting statistics that will shine
some light on how many All Stars will come from this draft and where in the draft they
will have been picked from.

THE METHOD

It’s important to note that the analysis for this article was done for 49 first rounds
(1965 – 2013). 1965 was chosen based on access to historical data. 2013 was chosen
as the cut-off year because players drafted after this time have not had enough time to
accumulate at least one All Star appearance. The player list and pick information from
these drafts were cross referenced with a historical list of All-Stars to match each All
Star with their draft selection. Then, the percentage of players who became All Stars for each draft pick was calculated by dividing the number of All Stars selected with that
pick by the total number of players selected with that pick (49, one for each year).

THE RESULT

For those who read the last page of a book first, this is for you. The graph below is the final product of the analysis. The chart shows the percentage of draft selections for each pick with at least one All Star appearance. Now let’s look at what this graph can teach us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016-17 Predictions

Jay’s Picks

Eastern Conference

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Indiana Pacers
  4. Toronto Raptors
  5. Chicago Bulls
  6. Atlanta Hawks
  7. New York Knicks
  8. Detroit Pistons
  9. Miami Heat
  10. Washington Wizards
  11. Orlando Magic
  12. Milwaukee Bucks
  13. Charlotte Hornets
  14. Philadelphia 76ers
  15. Brooklyn Nets

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Episode 345: Baker Randle and Tokoto

Marc, Jay and stats guy talk about the Knicks signings of Ron Baker, Chasson Randle, and J P Tokoto. We also talk about the Phil files, training camp, the olympics and more

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Episode 339: Finals, coaching, and assaults

Marc and Jay talk about the finals, things to look for with our new coach, overall strategy going forward, free agents, and more

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Episode 324: Nothing Without Lance

Marc, Jay, and Will talk about the last 3 games, the Cavs firing Blatt, Lance the glue guy, taking back our Melo comment from last episode, revisiting the offseason moves, and much more

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Episode 320: Can’t All Be Winners

Marc and Jay talk about the last 3 games, some sort of ghost of christmas past bit, stats guy the third is back, free agents, potential moves, much more

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Episode 314: Almost a Win

Marc and Jay talk about the last 4 games, but mostly the Toronto and Charlotte games, Afflalo coming back, Fishers rotations, comparing Porzingis to other rookies, and much more

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2015-16 Predictions

Jay’s Picks

Eastern Conference

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Miami Heat
  3. Toronto Raptors
  4. Washington Wizards
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  6. Atlanta Hawks
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