Are Knicks, Nets Among NBA’s Most Snake-Bitten Teams?

Are Knicks, Nets Among NBA’s Most Snake-Bitten Teams?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

With the NBA regular season ending Sunday and the playoffs starting next week, wanted to look at teams that have struggled the most in the playoffs since the 2010-11 season.

Whether it is not making it out of the first round or losing to lower-seeded opponents, we found the teams that just can’t seem to make noise come April.  
Using a formula, we were able to combine each of the three categories to come up with the Top 10 teams that have been snake-bitten when reaching the NBA postseason. 
Anyone connected to New York sports betting can tell you: The New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets have had their share of woes as of late. But there are signs of light these days.

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Most Snake-Bitten Since 2010-11 Season

RankTeam1st-Round Exit %Higher-Seeded
First-Round Exits
Second-Round Exits
1🏀 LA Clippers44%31
2🏀 Portland Trail Blazers66.7%20
3🏀 Chicago Bulls57.1%20
4🏀 Brooklyn Nets71.4%11
5🏀 Denver Nuggets57.1%11
6🏀 Memphis Grizzlies55.6%11
7🏀 Orlando Magic100%10
8🏀 Okla City Thunder44%11
T-9🏀 New York Knicks25%11
T-9🏀 Indiana Pacers66.710


Frustrating Times for Nets

Ranking in the top five is not where you want to be as the Nets have had a high first-round exit percentage at 71.4%. But Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are no longer in Brooklyn and what was promised with glorified hopes for their first NBA title have been replaced by young talented players who are hungry and provide energy and enthusiasm on the court.

First-year head coach Jacque Vaughn has instilled a sense of passion and has turned the team's former negativity into positive vibes, but that has not translated to betting odds. All NY betting apps still have the Nets as longshots to win the NBA title this season.

With a 123-108 victory at the Detroit Pistons Wednesday, the Nets need just one win in their final two home games of the regular season to clinch the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. In all likelihood, the Nets would face the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round.

The Nets (44-36) have made the playoffs in four consecutive seasons, losing in the first round three of those times, including a 4-0 sweep by the Boston Celtics last season.

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Outlook Brighter for Knicks

Talk about turning a page! 

The New York Knicks (47-33) have clinched the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference and will visit the fourth-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round. The additions of guards Jaylen Brunson and Josh Hart – former Villanova teammates – have infused a winning attitude in Manhattan.

Add in the resurgence of a talented bench, along with the play of power forward Julius Randle, and the Knicks are a sleeper to make a run in the playoffs.

The Knicks made the playoffs in the 2020-21 season, but dropped a 4-1 first-round series to the Atlanta Hawks. Then you must go back to the 2012-13 for a previous postseason berth.

New York is tied with the Indiana Pacers for ninth in the rankings above with a 25% first-round percentage exit.

Latest BetMGM Futures

Here are the latest future odds on both New York teams heading into the NBA playoffs as of Thursday afternoon at BetMGM New York
Brooklyn: +10000 to win Eastern Conference, +20000 to win NBA title 
New York: +3500 to win Eastern Conference, +8000 to win NBA title 
One thing is certain: Spring postseason basketball is back in New York.

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Lou Monaco

Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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