If the Knicks are this optimistic following the worst home beating in NBA Christmas history, imagine the enthusiasm a win over Toronto would bring on Friday?

A day after getting trounced by Oklahoma City by 29 points with Carmelo Anthony a frustrated bystander on the bench, Mike Woodson, the much-criticized coach whose job security has been in question, treated the Knicks’ current struggles like an afterthought and predicted a second straight Atlantic Division title following practice on Thursday.

“We won it last year,” Woodson said, unprompted, “and I expect us to win it this year.”

Woodson’s confidence was grounded in the facts that the Knicks play in a division that is horrible and that they are 6-6 in their past 12 games. That some of those wins have come against some of the worst teams in the NBA wasn’t on Woodson’s mind, however. No, Woodson asked rhetorically, “Do I see some light at the end of the tunnel?” and answered, “I do.”

Woodson noted the twisted reality of the Atlantic, whose leader is Toronto with an 11-15 record; the Raptors are just three games ahead of the Knicks (9-19). The Knicks have a chance to shrink that gap with a home-and-home against Toronto on Friday and Saturday. Anthony is questionable for Friday’s game at the Garden with a sprained left ankle he sustained in Monday’s win over Orlando and he didn’t practice on Thursday after receiving treatment. Woodson listed him as “day to day.”