Don’t look now, however the Knicks are heating up as soon as once more with the playoffs simply over a month away.

They usually’re nonetheless dealing as distant lengthy pictures within the NBA title market.

New York continued its dominant run as of late with Wednesday’s resounding 142-118 win over the crosstown rival Nets – extending the Knicks’ win streak to seven video games, trailing solely the Bucks (16 video games) for the longest energetic win streak within the NBA.

It’s the second time we’ve seen such a run from this group within the final three months, however oddsmakers nonetheless aren’t shopping for a resurgence within the Massive Apple.

That begs the query: is New York value betting as an NBA title lengthy shot?

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NBA championship betting odds (by way of FanDuel)

Group Odds
Boston Celtics +280
Milwaukee Bucks +440
Phoenix Suns +450
Denver Nuggets +750
Los Angeles Clippers +1100
Philadelphia 76ers +1300
Dallas Mavericks +1700
Golden State Warriors +1700
Memphis Grizzlies +1800
Cleveland Cavaliers +2900
Los Angeles Lakers +5500
Miami Warmth +5500
New Orleans Pelicans +6000
Sacramento Kings +10000
New York Knicks +11000
Brooklyn Nets +16000
Atlanta Hawks +16000
Toronto Raptors +18000
Minnesota Timberwolves +24000

Knicks surging regardless of lengthy shot worth

On paper, it is smart why the Knicks are to this point down the board given the celebrity expertise on nearly each group forward of them.

Nonetheless, they’ve regarded the a part of a possible title contender with their play over the past month.

Because the begin of February, New York has boasted the NBA’s second-best web score (+9.7) with a 10-2 document outright, and it’s outscored groups by 112 factors with a league-best 16.6 web score over this seven-game heater.

5 of the Knicks’ seven wins have come by double digits – together with Monday’s 15-point win over the title favourite Celtics, tied for Boston’s fifth-worst lack of all the season.

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Then got here Wednesday’s 24-point beatdown towards Brooklyn, which wasn’t even this group’s largest win of the season.

That got here in a 38-point blowout win over the Warriors on Dec. 20, which capped off the Knicks’ equally dominant eight-game win streak earlier this yr that had us questioning aloud whether or not this group was undervalued at that time, too.

Simply how spectacular is it to have two such streaks in the identical season?

During the last decade, solely 11 different groups have posted a number of seven-game win streaks with a plus-110 level differential in the identical season.

Three of these groups received all of it; two reached the NBA Finals; and the opposite six averaged a greater than 60-win tempo with two journeys to the convention finals.

Jalen Brunson
Jalen Brunson
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Can New York truly win all of it?

Nonetheless, there are causes to be cautious with this group.

The Knicks (37-27) have misplaced over half of their video games exterior of these two win streaks, and each of these prolonged runs got here towards largely inferior competitors.

A more in-depth take a look at that record of 11 groups to tug off comparable win streaks through the common season reveals a typical and discouraging theme: the groups that fell in need of a Finals run typically lacked one central star (2014 Hawks, 2020 Jazz) or have been nonetheless one piece away from getting over the hump (2017 Rockets, 2019 Bucks), whereas the three groups that received all of it – the Spurs (2013) and Warriors (2014, 2016) – have been among the many most gifted groups in NBA historical past.

That’s clearly a difficulty for these Knicks, who characteristic only one All-Star in Julius Randle, until you rely 34-year-old Derrick Rose.

Additionally they have zero top-15 gamers on the roster, which is actually a prerequisite for profitable a title in at this time’s NBA.

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Julius Randle
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If the playoffs began at this time, New York would match up with fellow upstart Cleveland, which is constructed equally however incorporates a reputable celebrity in Donovan Mitchell (ouch) and a greater assortment of surrounding expertise.

If the Knicks had managed to swing for the previous Jazz guard this summer season, we may be speaking about them as sneaky 30/1 darkish horses to make some noise this postseason and never as distant lengthy pictures.

Alas, New York finds itself as a mere afterthought within the NBA title market – adequate to make a run within the common season however missing the high-end expertise to flee a probable first-round exit.

There’s no faulting anybody for sprinkling a couple of bucks at such a long-shot worth, but it surely’ll take a miracle for the Knicks to transform their current success into an elusive Larry O’Brien trophy.