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After an awful loss to the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night the New York Knicks are barely holding on to their 1.5-game lead for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.The Milwaukee Bucks, winners of 10 of 14, are making a late season push to take the Knicks’ spot.
On top of that, they have an equally large problem brewing that will likely keep them from making the playoffs: the Knicks have a MUCH harder schedule than the Bucks.
The combined winning percentage of the teams on New York’s schedule is .480, while Milwaukee’s remaining games feature teams that are only winning at a .438 clip.
The Knicks have 12 games remaining, including tough matchups against the Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls (twice), Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, and Los Angeles Clippers. The only easy games left for New York are versus the Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards, and New Jersey Nets.
As for the Bucks, their 13 games present fewer difficult matchups, with hard games against the Indiana Pacers (twice), Oklahoma City Thunder, Philadelphia 76ers, and Boston Celtics.
The Bucks also have a slew of easy games left versus the Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Bobcats, New Jersey Nets, and Toronto Raptors.
There’s also the April 11 game when the Bucks host the Knicks for a chance to pick up a game in the standings.
In layman’s terms: the Milwaukee Bucks will benefit from their easier schedule and leapfrog the New York Knicks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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