Knicks Playoff Tracker: Odds, explainers, and everything else you need to know

Danny Abriano
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Julius Randle RJ Barrett Knicks city jerseys April 2021

The Knicks are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season. Here's everything you need to know...

Current playoff position

The Knicks (31-27) are currently the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference with 14 games left in their regular season.

New York is a half game behind the No. 4 seed Atlanta Hawks (31-26) and No. 5 seed Boston Celtics (31-26).

The Knicks are 1.5 games up on the No. 7 seed Miami Heat (29-28) and 7.0 games up on the Chicago Bulls, who are at No. 11 and on the outside looking in.

Postseason odds

The Knicks have an 89.6 percent chance of making the postseason, per Basketball Reference.

Play-in round explainer

The teams in each conference that finish in the top six automatically advance to the Quarterfinals of the playoffs, which will consist of eight teams in each conference.

The teams in each conference that finish between seventh and tenth play in the play-in round for the chance to advance to the Quarterfinals.

How the play-in tournament works...

  • The team with the seventh-highest winning percentage in each conference hosts the team with the eighth-highest winning percentage in a play-in game. The winner of that game earns the No. 7 seed in the playoffs The loser hosts the winner of the team that wins the "nine-ten" game.

  • The team with the ninth-highest winning percentage in each conference hosts the team with the tenth-highest winning percentage. The winner of that game travels to play the loser of the seven-eight play-in game, with the winner of that game earning the No. 8 seed in the playoffs.

When does the postseason start?

The play-in tournament takes place from May 18 to May 21.

The playoffs begin on May 22.