New York Knicks Have Chance To End November Over .500

Double G SportsCorrespondent INovember 22, 2010

DENVER - NOVEMBER 16:  Amar'e Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks holds his hand to his ear as he attempts to engage the home team fans of the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on November 16, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks are rolling, winners of three straight on the road. New York is currently 6-8 this season, and with five games remaining this month, could be over .500 as we enter December.

Winning three on the road after losing the trip's opening game to Denver is a nice sign for Mike D’Antoni’s team. After that 120-118 loss to Denver, the Knicks defeated the Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers.

Just one of their next five games is against a team with a winning record this year, the Atlanta Hawks. Before hosting Atlanta, New York plays a home and home against the Charlotte Bobcats Tuesday and Wednesday. Like the Knicks, Charlotte is currently 5-8.

Atlanta is 8-5 right now and will travel to the Garden on Saturday. The Knicks will follow-up that game with a trip to Detroit to take on the 5-8 Pistons.

They end the month against the rival New Jersey Nets, who currently stand at 4-9 this season.

For the Knicks to finish November over .500, they must win four of the remaining five games. Not easy, but certainly possible.

New York has shown the ability to score. In their last four games, the Knicks are averaging 120 points per game. The problem is that the defense has not been stellar and forcing the offense to win the close games.

Of the four teams New York will play in the next five games, only Detroit gives up an average of 100 or more points per game. It will be up to the Knicks to score and play defense. New York is third in the league, averaging 107 points per game.

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