Nets coach Lionel Hollins may deny he’s feeling the pressure of underachieving this season. (126897)

After being run out of the Pepsi Center, the home of the Denver Nuggets, Monday night to begin a seven-day, five-game road trip, the Knicks fought the Utah Jazz to the final buzzer 24 hours later but still fell short by 87-82.

They went into both games without guards Jose Calderon (strained Achilles) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (tightness in his back), as well as forward Quincy Acy (knee). With or without them, the Knicks must press on tonight versus the Lakers in Los Angeles, Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors and Sunday versus the Phoenix Suns to conclude the gauntlet.

At 12-51 before challenging the Lakers, the worst record in the league, the Knicks are well into their reconstruction plan. Almost no one on the current roster is expected to be a significant part of what the franchise’s key decision makers hope is a positive metamorphosis starting next season.

Perhaps guard Alexey Shved should be considered. His 19 point showing at Denver, followed by 21 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds against the Jazz, illuminates an offensive skill set that makes Shved a potentially impactful player on a winning team.

“He’s one of those guys that even if things are breaking down in an offensive possession, his ball skills and his passing and his shot making kind of allow him to just figure some things out,” said Knicks head coach Derek Fisher on the MSG Network Tuesday, describing Shved. “It’s great to see him playing with that type of confidence, and we want all of our guys to play with that type of belief in themselves.”

Acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves at last month’s trade deadline, the 6-foot-6, 26-year-old from Russia may turn out to be a keeper.