Knicks Preview: Keys to Defeating the New Orleans Pelicans

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Feb 19, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) hugs New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) following a win in a game at the Smoothie King Center. The Knicks defeated the Pelicans 98-91. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Knicks are in the midst of one of the most difficult stretches any team will face in 2015-16. Eight of its 10 games have been against teams that made the playoffs in 2014-15, and it won’t get any easier over the next two weeks.

With very few favorable games on the schedule, New York must capitalize on every opportunity it has to win.

On Sunday, November 15, the Knicks will host a banged up New Orleans Pelicans squad at Madison Square Garden. Both teams are desperate for a win, making this a clash that’s guaranteed to be supremely competitive.

New Orleans is a shocking 1-8, while New York has been a dreadful 1-4 at home.

According to Ian Begley of ESPN New York, superstar power forward Anthony Davis will play for the Pelicans. He’s somewhat expected to be slowed down by their respective injuries, but great players produce.

No matter what Davis does, New York cannot let this opportunity for a home win slip away.

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