The Phoenix Suns will look for another test of their depth Friday night when they host the New York Knicks in an NBA crossover conference game at the Footprint Center. The Suns (50-12) crushed the Trail Blazers 120-90 Wednesday night despite missing Chris Paul (thumb) and Devin Booker (COVID-19 protocols). Paul could miss the rest of the regular season, while Booker’s return date is uncertain. Still, the Suns have the best record in the Western Conference and face the floundering Knicks (25-37), who are struggling offensively beyond their two stars. New York is 12th in the East and last in the Atlantic Division, and has won just one win in its last 11 games. Phoenix has won nine of its last 11 games.
Tipoff is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET in Phoenix, Arizona. Caesars Sportsbook lists Phoenix as a 6.5-point favorite in its latest Knicks vs. Suns odds, and the over-under for total points is set at 223. Before making the Suns vs. Pick the Knicks, be sure to see NBA predictions and betting tips from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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- Knicks spread vs. Suns: Phoenix -6.5
- Knicks vs. Suns over-under: 223 points
- Knicks vs. Suns money line: New York -320, Phoenix +250
- NYK: RJ Barrett is averaging 28.6 points per game over his last seven games.
- PHX: Cameron Johnson has made 18 of his last 35 3-point tries (51.4%).
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Why suns can cover
Phoenix is dominant at both ends and outscores opponents by 8.1 points per game, the best differential in the NBA. That’s 14-9 ATS in non-conference games and 34-28 ATS overall. The Suns lead the league in field goal percentage (48.2) and are third in field goal percentage (44) while scoring 113.6 points (fourth in the NBA). The Knicks are scoring 105.1 points per game (27th) and shooting 43.4% (28th). Their only “strength” on offense is 3-point shooting (35.1%, 16th), but the Suns are the best defensive team in the NBA against the three (33.2%).
Johnson and Deandre Ayton stepped up on Wednesday in the absence of top scorer Booker (25.6 points). They combined for 38 points, with Johnson hitting four of five three-point tries for 20. He’s shooting 43.7% on his 3-point attempts, fourth-best in the league, and the Suns are seventh in that stat , hitting at a 36% clip. The Suns had 14 interceptions in Wednesday’s game, led by Jae Crowder’s five, and edged Portland 46-35. Ayton is second on the team with 16.5 points and has a team-high 10 rebounds per game.
Why the Knicks can cover
New York’s strength has been its defense. He’s 10-13 ATS in non-conference games and 26-36 ATS overall. He’s holding opponents at 107.3 points per game (eighth in the NBA) and he’s seventh in opponent shooting percentage (44.7). The Knicks are seventh in the league in rebounds (46 per game) and fifth in offensive boards (11.4) with Julius Randle averaging 10.1 rebounds. They are decent from 3 points, with Evan Fournier hitting 39.2% of his attempts. He’s averaging 14.4 points but went 0 for 5 in practice on Wednesday and scored just three points.
The Knicks are 16-20 ATS after a loss, and they need to be offended by players other than Barrett and Randle. Barrett scored 30 points in Wednesday’s loss and averaged 18.9 points per game, while Randle had 24 and is scoring a team-high 19.7 per game. Only two other players scored in double figures, with Immanuel Quickley third in the team with just 11 points. The Knicks are playing the third-slowest pace in the league, so they’ll try to slow things down and hope the Suns struggle with Booker, their leading scorer, and Paul, the league’s leading passer.
How to make choices between the Suns and Knicks
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