Dec 22, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) dunks as he warms up before a game against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

First Round of the Playoffs come through New York

The goal of any team heading into the playoffs is to get as many games on their home court as possible. The New York Knicks are no different. They have been playing some of their best basketball of the season under the bright lights of the “World’s Most Famous Arena.”

The top four teams in each conference receives home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. New York currently sits in the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors will most likely lock up the top two seeds. That leaves the third and fourth seeds up for grabs.

New York has played 16 of their 31 games at Madison Square Garden this season. In those games, they have a record of 11-5. They are averaging 106.9 points during home games. The Knicks are shooting better at home as well. Their field goal percentage is 45.9 percent and their three-point percentage is 37.4 percent.

In 15 road games, their record is 5-10. They are only averaging 104.1 points in those games. Both their field goal and three-point percentages are lower on the road as well. Of course, they will not even make the playoffs if they do not improve their defense.

Michael has been covering the Knicks since 2016. He does not claim to know everything about basketball, just more than most.