The New York Knicks still have one of the best records in the league right now, but they aren’t a team in good form for NBA picks. They’ve lost five of their last 10 games, and they are clearly starting to lose their cool just a bit.

The formula for beating the Knicks this year seems to be to play stout defense and get under their skin. It’s doable, and it looked clear as day when F Carmelo Anthony went after F Kevin Garnett following a loss to the Boston Celtics a few nights ago.

This week, there are three very frustrating teams that are coming up on deck, as the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls, and New Orleans Hornets all play very tough defense and like to play a physical brand of basketball.

It will be a tough stretch of three games in just four days for the Knicks, and it will be a true test to their mental and physical toughness, as we head towards the halfway point of the season.