When the Knicks face off against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder during Oklahoma City's only regular season visit to Madison Square Garden, it will be the first of a handful games in which New York will face a team from the NBA's Western Conference over the next month.
Starting Mondy night, eight of the Knicks' next 10 games will be non-conference, including a five-game road trip starting in Sacramento that will see the Knicks face the Kings, Lakers, Suns, Warriors. and Nuggets starting December 9. That could prove to be an important, season-defining stretch for the Knicks, who have struggled on the road mightily this season.
Historically speaking, the Knicks' road trips out west have been a challenge to say the least, but they won't be playing any back-to-back games, where they have been 0-4 this season. In fact, with head coach Jeff Hornacek's new "modern triangle," the Knicks want to play at a faster pace getting more possessions. And five of the seven teams the Knicks will play over the next 10 games are all in the top-10 in possessions per game.