The Knicks play 23 more games against the East’s “bottom nine.” They’re already 5-1 against that group.
NY also play the Clippers, Kings, Memphis twice the and T-wolves. Some of the worst teams in the West. The Wolves will NOT beat us again.
That’s 28 games against opponents we should beat on paper.
If we were to emerge with a record of 18-10 through those games, that gives us 27 victories.
Find another 11 victories (out of 36 more games) against higher-echelon opponents from either conference and we’ve got the 38 that should get us in the playoffs in the East. The common opinion is 40 is what it'll take to get there, so we need 13 of those 36 or even more to break .500.
Can anyone honestly say that we're not capable of 38-40+ wins? Come on, it's possible.
32-35 wins is also a possibility, but until it looks unavoidable, should be ignored by real Knick fans.