Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks Betting Prediction, Odds Lines, & Picks
The Suns will try to avoid a third straight defeat as they visit the red-hot Knicks on Monday evening. After losing to Brooklyn and Boston, Phoenix is just one game ahead of the Clippers at the NO. spot in the West. They finish their East road trip tonight after splitting the previous four games. Over the season the Suns are 42-18 straight up and 36-23-1 against the spread. The Knicks, on the other hand, show no signs of cooling off, after winning the 9th straight game on Saturday against Toronto. They’re now tied for the 4th in the East with a 34-27 record. Their ATS record is at 39-21-1. This is the first game this season between the two. The Suns won 4 out of 5 previous matchups.
Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks Betting Odds & Line Movement
The Knicks are the home underdog for this one. The opening odds had them at +1, but with some early action backing the Suns, the line has moved to +2. The total has been stable at 215.5.
Notes On The Phoenix Suns
The Suns are one of the feel-good stories this year. They own the second-best record in the league and are only two games behind the league leaders the Jazz. The offseason addition of Chris Paul brought stability on both sides of the floor. At the moment, Phoenix is the seventh-best offensive team in the league with 115.1 points per 100 possessions. On the defense, they’re even better, ranking fifth with 109.2 points per 100 possessions. However, they’re coming off the two tough losses. Last night, they had no answer for Irving and Durant as they lost 128-119 in Brooklyn. Devin Booker led the scoring with 36 points while DeAndre Ayton added 20, plus 13 rebounds. Torrey Craig had a good game off the bench with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
The main issue for tonight’s game is the availability of Jae Crowder who is listed as questionable. If he plays, Crowder should be the primary defender on the in-form Julius Randle. Langston Galloway is also questionable, while Abdel Nader is definitely out.
Notes On The New York Knicks
The Knicks continued their improbable run with a convincing win against Toronto on Saturday, They have now won 9 straight and covered in 13 consecutive games. In addition to elite defense, they’re currently one of the hottest shooting teams in the league. In the last two weeks, they have the 6th-best effective field goal percentage with 56.6%. The Knicks have also found their groove from the deep shooting 42.1% for three. On Saturday, Julius Randle solidified his MIP case and could easily end up in the top 5 in the MVP voting. He dropped 31 points on Toronto and added 10 rebounds. RJ Barret scored 25 shooting .500 from the floor and added 12 rebounds of his own. Derrick Rose had another great game from the bench with 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Alec Burks is still out due to health and safety protocols. The only other player out is Mitchell Robinson who is out indefinitely with a foot injury.
Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks Betting Prediction, & Pick:Knicks +2
it’s hard to look beyond New York’s fantastic form. The Suns are the better team overall, but for the past two weeks, the Knicks have been on fire. They have posted a +11.7 point differential while the Suns have -1.4 during the same stretch. Plus, Phoenix is on the second night of a back-to-back. In addition, the possible absence of Crowder will cause matchup problems against Randle.