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It's no secret the Knicks haven't faced a tough schedule during their current five-game winning streak, and it isn't getting any harder for them over the next five.
New York will be on the road against the Toronto Raptors whom it lost to 90-85 earlier in the season. The Raptors will be without their leading scorer, Andrea Bargnani. That will be a huge blow to them and a huge lift for the Knicks' defense.
The next four games are all at home against the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets.
The Knicks already beat the Kings and Nets this season, both by seven or more. Also, the Knicks weren't at full strength against either team, minus either Anthony, Stoudemire or both. The Nets were the first to let Lin tear them up en route to a historic five-game run.
One of the league's worst teams, the New Orleans Hornets are clearly suffering without Chris Paul on the team anymore. They are 4-23 and while they've played solid defense this year, they haven't been able to score a lick.
Last and certainly not least are the Mavericks. New York will have its work cut out against the defending champs, who are currently 17-11 and rebounding after a slow start to the season. Dallas will be the toughest test in the entire 10-game streak and could easily be as far as New York even gets on its current run.
Still, the Knicks were missing their two best players and not only beat some bad teams along the way, they also beat the Lakers who were at full strength. That being the case, it's a good bet that the Knicks can run with the Mavs and pull out a win if they can play their new game.