New York Knicks News Mix, 11/19/17: ESPN Predicts Playoff Chances
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Tim Hardaway Jr. #3,Frank Ntilikina #11 and Kristaps Porzingis #6 of the New York Knicks react in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Madison Square Garden on November 13, 2017 in New York City.The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the New York Knicks 104-101. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The New York Knicks are playing their best basketball in years, but ESPN’s BPI still gives them a slim chance to make the postseason.

The New York Knicks were viewed as one of the “tanking teams” in the 2017-18 season in the wake of the Carmelo Anthony trade. That was before everyone realized just how good Kristaps Porzingis already was. The expectations of some have shifted to the playoffs.

ESPN’s Basketball Power Index (BPI) doesn’t share that sentiment. It gives New York a 12.7 percent chance to make the postseason, and that was before Friday’s blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors that dropped the Knicks to 8-7.

BPI predicts that New York will win 36 games. Only Brooklyn, Atlanta, and Chicago will finish with worse records in the Eastern Conference. Even if New York wins 36, that’s a lot more than anyone thought they would get.

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The Knicks host Blake Griffin and the Clippers on Monday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The Clippers are desperate for a win. They’ve lost eight games in a row and 10 of their last 11 games.

Griffin has historically beat up on the Knicks. In 11 career games, he’s posted phenomenal averages of 23.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists on a slash line of .544/.500/.594.

The new leader of the Clips will be looking for another big game on Monday to try and snap his team out of their vicious losing streak. LA has been without Patrick Beverley and Danilo Gallinari recently due to injury.

That will benefit the Knicks. Especially if Hardaway misses Monday — which is apparently a possibility now.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.