It has been a long road for the New York Knicks to get back to the top of the mountain the Atlantic Division. They haven’t won the division since way back in the 1993-94 season, and seven other teams have won the Atlantic since that point, including all of the teams in the current division. This week starts the second half of the season for New York, as the All-Star Break is said and done with, and the team starts off with a 2 ½-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets.

The Knicks are the overwhelming favorites on the NBA odds to win the Atlantic Division from here, and this week should be one where the lead extends just a bit.

The Indiana Pacers are the first team on tap on Wednesday night, and the trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse is going to be one of the toughest games that is on tap in the near future. New York will visit the Toronto Raptors and host the Philadelphia 76ers for the rest of the week, both games in which the team is going to be comfortably favored.

Of course, these are the types of games that gave the Knicks problems down the stretch of the first half of the season as well. New York was beaten by the Raptors and the Los Angeles Clippers at home, and the Washington Wizards on the road from February 6th through the end of the first half, and these are the games that the team cannot lose to hold the division lead for the rest of the year.

New York is 13-10 SU and 10-11-2 ATS on the road this year, and the team has to do well in games like these that are very winnable this week if that two-decade stretch without a division title is going to end this season.