NY Knicks Game-by-Game Predictions for February
The Knicks will play 11 games in February, and the schedule is also in the Knicks' favor. They'll play six teams with a losing record, so it's crucial they capitalize and win.
Can New York go undefeated in the month?
Not likely, but it's highly possible that they win more games than they lose.
It all starts on the first of the month.
February 1 vs. Milwaukee Bucks
New York played in Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Nov. 28 and came out victorious, 102-88. Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points in three quarters of play, and Steve Novak made himself at home like the good old Marquette days.
You can expect a similar end result Feb. 1 when the Knicks host the Bucks at Madison Square Garden.
Expect Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis to come back seeking vengeance, but their combined efforts won't be enough.
At the end of the day, Carmelo will have another 20-plus point game, and New York will win another one. New York will just be hungrier and the young guns of Milwaukee won't be able to compete.
Prediction: New York wins 106-94
February 2 vs. Sacramento Kings
The last time the New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings met, the Knicks lost a heartbreaker.
This game had New York down by as many as 27 in the first half. However, the Knicks weren't going to go down like that. J.R. Smith led the team with 28 points, but his team lost on a buzzer-beater from the Kings' James Johnson.
Luckily for New York, things are going to go a bit different when these two teams meet again.
For one, the Knicks will have Carmelo Anthony, who sat out the last time because of a hyperextended knee, and you can almost guarantee that he'll have another 20-plus point game, maybe even 30-plus.
Also, Iman Shumpert will be playing defense on the guards, and Amar'e Stoudemire will be producing against Sacramento's bigs.
Let's not downplay the Kings team; they have what could be one of the top big men in the coming years in DeMarcus Cousins, but they'll need more than just him to beat the Knicks.
Prediction: Knicks win 102-91
February 4 vs. Detroit Pistons
Carmelo Anthony is going to face the team that passed up on him in the 2003 NBA draft. The last time the Knicks met the Detroit Pistons, they were on neutral grounds—the O2 Arena in London—but this time they'll be under the roof of the Mecca of Basketball.
New York took care of business in England, coming out with a 102-87 win, and unfortunately for the Pistons, the end result is going to be the same.
Detroit will try to put up a fight, specifically big man Greg Monroe, as he's opposite of reigning Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler.
This is going to be the matchup you must keep an eye on.
Monroe is shaping up to be a dependable big, averaging 16 points and nine rebounds, and although he's not a physical player, he gets the job done.
On the other hand, Tyson Chandler is as physical as they come, and he's more mobile than his opposition. Currently, Chandler puts up 12 points to go with 11 rebounds per game, and that should be what he puts up against Detroit.
Experience will prevail here, and the Knicks will come out with another win.
Prediction: Knicks win 102-95
February 6 at Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards started the season off on the wrong foot; they're currently 11-33, good enough for second-worst record in the league.
With that being said, the Wizards are not capable of knocking off the New York Knicks, even with John Wall and Bradley Beal in the backcourt.
John Wall missed November's game against the Knicks where New York put up 108 points to Washington's 87, so expect Wall to try to show off here in front of his home crowd.
Don't forget about guard Jordan Crawford. While he's coming off the bench, he's easily one of the best scorers on that team. Last time, he put up 17 points for Washington. I'll expect him to score consistently, and he could very well surpass his 14 points per game average.
On the other end, this is going to be a great game for Raymond Felton. In the previous contest against Washington, he finished with just two assists, but I expect him to up that number to at least seven. He'll have plenty of opportunities to connect with bigs Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire, and he'll even feed the open man in the corner, giving him ample situations to record an assist.
I see the Knicks winning their fourth in a row for the month of February.
Prediction: Knicks win 105-84
February 8 at Minnesota Timberwolves
The game against the Minnesota Timberwolves is going to be closer than most expect, and it can certainly go either way depending on who comes out hotter in the first quarter and carries the momentum over to the second half.
Minnesota's young point guard Ricky Rubio has been struggling lately, but things are going to change for him within the next month. The T'Wolves also got their big man back in Nikola Pekovic, and he'll play a big role in cleaning up the glass.
That means all hands will be on deck and New York is going for the knockout, but Minnesota's that opponent that just keeps getting back up.
The game will be a battle of the points guards—Ricky Rubio vs. Raymond Felton.
Rubio's off to a rough start, averaging just five points and five assists, but he can get hot at any moment.
Felton's playing his best basketball since he departed the Knicks in 2011 in the Carmelo Anthony trade. Averaging 15 points and six assists, Ray Velvet is looking like the point guard this team needed him to be, and he's going to be the deciding factor here.
Prediction: Knicks win 96-90
February 10 vs. Los Angeles Clippers
The New York Knicks welcome the Los Angeles Clippers to the big city, but it's the Clippers that will introduce the Knicks to "Lob City."
The Clippers are a favorite to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals, so this will be a test for New York.
No one is sure how much time Chris Paul will miss with his nagging knee, but considering this game is over a week away, my guess is he'll be ready, and the Clips will need him for this one.
This game will not be decided by how well Chris Paul plays for the Clips or how many points Carmelo Anthony puts up. Instead, it'll come down to how much help each team's bench gives.
Currently, Los Angeles has the No. 1 bench with a 49 percent efficiency rating; the Knicks trail them by 10 percent and come in ranked No. 12. Looking further into it, the Clippers' bench scores 41.5 points per night and the Knicks' second unit scores 38 per game.
If you don't see where I'm going with this, it's in favor of Los Angeles, as the team puts an end to New York's five-game win streak.
Prediction: Knicks lose 98-90
February 13 vs. Toronto Raptors
The new-look Toronto Raptors will look to get the ball rolling against the New York Knicks in their first matchup of the season.
Fortunately for New York, they're still the Toronto Raptors and are in the basement of the Atlantic Division.
Although Toronto has key pieces like Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and—thanks to that trade with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to ESPN.com—Rudy Gay, the three likely won't be enough, and the Knicks will bounce back from the previous loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Because the Raptors have a smaller lineup, New York should be able to have fun with this one, especially in Madison Square Garden.
Look for Amar'e Stoudemire and J.R. Smith to lead New York's bench with modest numbers.
Prediction: Knicks win 101-89
February 20 at Indiana Pacers
The New York Knicks need to win this one in Indiana.
If you recall the last time the Knicks squared off against the Indiana Pacers, New York didn't break 80 points, and they lost 81-76.
The Pacers team is young and talented, but the team remains inexperienced, and that's going to seal its fate.
With Danny Granger still out due to a knee injury, Indy will turn to Paul George to be its scorer. Based on his two past games against New York, George should be able to record at least 20 points, but he'll be pitted against Carmelo Anthony, and preventing him from scoring is next to impossible, even for the Pacers, who allow 90 points a game.
New York's defense will win this game.
Prediction: Knicks win 88-83
February 22 at Toronto Raptors
New York looks to take care of business on the road in this game against the Toronto Raptors...and they'll do just that.
The Raptors are just too young to compete yet, and New York will toss them around, specifically on the glass with Tyson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire cleaning up the boards. These two will play physical down under and it'll take it's toll on Toronto.
DeMar DeRozan will look to be a scorer, but in the end it'll be Rudy Gay carrying the team on his back.
The home crowd will try to keep their team in it, but New York is just going to swallow the Raptors up, as they've done in the past.
Prediction: Knicks win 99-84
February 24 vs. Philadelphia 76ers
New York will square off with Philadelphia 76ers for the first time with Andrew Bynum playing center.
The Knicks swept the home-and-home series back in November, but the Sixers came out victorious in the most recent meeting.
In that Jan. 26 game, Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday scored 35 points, and in this game not only will he score, but he'll feed his new big in the paint.
He and Bynum will be just too much for the Knicks to handle, as they won't take Philly serious and pay the price here.
Bynum should finish with a double-double, and the Sixers will tie the season series at two apiece.
Prediction: Knicks lose 95-88
February 27 vs. Golden State Warriors
Squaring off with the Golden State Warriors for the first time this season, the New York Knicks look to close out the month of February with a notch in the win column.
The Warriors are currently averaging 100.9 points per game, and the Knicks put up 100.4 of their own, so fans can expect a high-scoring contest.
Carmelo Anthony will feast on the defense, as Golden State allows close to 100 points per contest, but he's going to need some help, and the extra three days off might have the rest of the team playing lazy ball.
On the contrary, the Warriors have many weapons available at their disposal.
Former Knick and current Warrior David Lee is having an All-Star season, and he's looking to display his talents against his previous team. For the season, Lee is averaging 19.6 points per game and 10.9 rebounds as well. The man is doing his thing, and unfortunately, I don't see the Knicks derailing this freight train.
The Warriors also have Stephen Curry, who is a capable scorer averaging 21 points a game, and Klay Thompson, who brings 17 points to the table as well. The Warriors aren't going to have trouble finding a scorer, and the way this Knicks team has been playing lately, it's hard for me to predict a win here.
Prediction: Knicks lose 102-98