The NBA is set up with a strong night of action throughout May 7. Ten games are up on the board throughout Friday night. One of these matchups will be between the New York Knicks and the Phoenix Suns. These two teams have been strong this season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 10:00 PM Eastern time.
New York has earned a record of 37-29 to this point in the season, which has them sitting in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. The Knicks are half a game up on the Atlanta Hawks and will look to hold on to that lead. New York is coming off a loss in their last game, but have won twelve of their last fourteen. The Knicks will look to bounce back in this one.
The Suns have put up a record of 47-19 throughout this season, which has them in second place of the Western Conference. Phoenix is only one game back on the top seeded Utah Jazz. The Suns are coming off a loss in their last matchup, which ended a five game winning streak. Phoenix will look to get back on track with a big win in this one.
These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a big win on Friday night. Phoenix is trying to snag that top spot in the Western Conference, while the Knicks are looking to hold on for the fourth seed. New York has been one of the hottest teams in the NBA as of late, but the Suns will look to cool them off in this one.
The Knicks and the Suns met up twice throughout last season. Phoenix hosted the first game on January 3. Marcus Morris scored 25 points, while Bobby Portis added 20 points off the bench. It was not enough for New York though. Devin Booker scored 38 points on the night. Kelly Oubre Jr. dropped 29 points as the Suns earned a big 120-112 win on the night.
The second game of the season series shifted to New York on January 16. Julius Randle scored 26 points on the night, but the Knicks still could not win. Devin Booker finished with 29 points, while Deandre Ayton dropped 26 points and 21 rebounds. Ricky Rubio added 25 points and 13 assists to help give Phoenix a 121-98 win on the road.
The first game of this season’s series was in New York on April 26. Derrick Rose scored 22 points off the bench, while Julius Randle added 18 points. The Knicks still came up short though. Devin Booker finished with 33 points. Mikal Bridges dropped 21 points and Chris Paul put up 20 points. The Suns were able to finish with a solid 118-110 win in this one.
Phoenix has won five games in a row against the Knicks throughout the last three seasons. The Suns will look to keep up that pace in this one. Phoenix earned a big win a couple of weeks ago and will look to keep that up in this one. I expect both teams to come out fast to try and control the pace of play early in this one.
Field Goal Shooting
New York has not been great shooting the ball so far this season. The Knicks have made around 45.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 22nd in the league. New York has been shooting 39.1 percent from deep, which is 3rd in the NBA. The Knicks have sunk 77.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 14th in the league.
The Suns have been strong shooting the ball throughout the season. Phoenix has been able to drain 48.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 2nd in the NBA. The Suns have shot 37.3 percent from behind the arc, which is 12th in the league. Phoenix has been making 82.7 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 2nd in the NBA.
Phoenix has been stronger shooting the ball so far this season, but the Knicks have had the better defense. New York has held their opponents to a 44.2 percent from the field, which is 1st in the league. The Suns have allowed opposing teams to a 46.5 percent from the field, which is 13th in the NBA. The Knicks will need their defense to step up in this one if they want to earn a win on Friday night.
Julius Randle has been the leader for the Knicks throughout this season. Randle has averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds per game. R.J. Barrett is averaging 17.5 points per game. Alec Burks has averaged 14.5 points, while Immanuel Quickley and Elfrid Payton are both averaging around 11 points per game. Reggie Bullock rounds out this lineup, averaging 10.5 points per game.
Devin Booker has been great for Phoenix so far this season. Booker is averaging 25.5 points per game. Chris Paul has averaged 16 points and 9 assists per game in his first season with the Suns. Deandre Ayton is averaging 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Mikal Bridges has averaged 13.5 points per game to round out the lineup.
New York has had the deeper lineup throughout this season, but the Suns have had the better top players. Booker has been on a mission, while Paul and Ayton have provided great support. Phoenix will look for these three to step up, especially if Jae Crowder is ruled out again. The Knicks will look to bounce back in this one after a tough performance in their last game.
The Knicks have been really hot as of late, but I think they will take their second straight loss in this one. I think that Phoenix can come out hot in this one to earn the win. The Suns have the better lineup and have been much better shooting the ball. I like Phoenix to control the pace early at home, which should help them earn a dominant win.
BetOnline has the Suns listed as a -6 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Phoenix on Friday night. I agree with this line as the Suns have been the better team throughout this season. Phoenix has been more impressive, taking the second seed in the Western Conference. I think the Suns will dominate early to grab the win.