The NBA is set up with a solid night of action throughout April 26. Eleven games will be up on the board throughout Monday night. One of these games will be between the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks. 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 7:30 PM Eastern time.
Phoenix has earned a record of 42-18 throughout this season, which has them sitting in second place of the Western Conference. The Suns are only two games back on the Utah Jazz and will look to catch them before the season ends. Phoenix has lost back to back games and three of their last five. The Suns will look to get back on track in this one.
The Knicks have put up a record of 34-27 to this point in the season, which has them in fourth place of the Eastern Conference. New York is only half a game ahead of the fifth seed and four games behind the third. The Knicks have won nine games in a row entering this one. New York will look to keep the winning streak alive on Monday night.
These two teams have been really solid throughout this season and will look to earn a big win in this one. The Suns are coming off a tough loss on Sunday afternoon and will look to get back on track in this one. New York has been one of the hottest teams as of late and will look to keep cruising in this one. I expect both teams to try and set the pace early in this one to earn a big win.
The Suns and the Knicks met up twice throughout last season. Phoenix hosted the first game on January 3. Marcus Morris scored 25 points, while Bobby Portis finished with 20 points off the bench. It was not enough for New York though. Devin Booker dropped 38 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. put up 29. Aron Baynes added 20 points and 12 rebounds to help lift the Suns to a 120-112 win.
New York hosted the second game of the season series on January 16. Julius Randle dropped 26 points and Marcus Morris added 17. It still was not enough for the Knicks though. Devin Booker finished with 29 points, while Deandre Ayton scored 26 points and 21 rebounds. Ricky Rubio put up 25 points and 13 assists to help lead Phoenix to a 121-98 win on the road.
These two teams only met up twice last season, with the Suns taking both games. Phoenix has won four games in a row against the Knicks and will look to keep that trend up in this one. The Suns have switched things up quite a bit this season and will look to catch New York off guard. If either team can come out shooting strong early, it could be enough for the win.
Field Goal Shooting
Phoenix has been really strong shooting the ball throughout this season. The Suns have made around 48.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 3rd in the league. Phoenix is also shooting 37.4 percent from behind the arc, which is 10th in the NBA. The Suns have sunk 82.8 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 2nd in the league.
The Knicks have not been great shooting the ball so far this season. New York has drained around 45.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 22nd in the NBA. The Knicks have shot 38.6 percent from deep this season, which is 5th in the league. New York has made 77.7 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 14th in the NBA.
The Suns have the edge shooting the ball in this one, while New York has a slight edge on defense. The Knicks have held opposing teams to a 44.2 percent from the field, which is 1st in the league. Phoenix has allowed their opponents to make 45.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 10th in the NBA. The Suns will look to slow down New York in this one to let their offense take over.
Devin Booker has been the leader for the Suns throughout this season. Booker is averaging 25 points per game. Chris Paul has averaged 16 points and 9 assists per game. Deandre Ayton is averaging 15 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, while Mikal Bridges has averaged 13 points. Cameron Johnson is averaging 10 points per game to round out this lineup.
Julius Randle has been playing really well for New York so far this season. Randle has averaged 24 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. R.J. Barrett is averaging 17.5 points per game. Derrick Rose has averaged 13.5 points off the bench, while Immanuel Quickley and Elfrid Payton are both averaging 11.5 points per game. Reggie Bullock has averaged 10.5 points to round out the lineup.
These two teams have had a nice spread of scoring throughout this season. The Knicks are without Alec Burks in this one, while Phoenix is missing Jae Crowder. Both teams will look for some role players to step up in this one. If the Suns guard duo of Paul and Booker can take over early, I think it could be too much for New York to keep up with.
Phoenix has been the better team throughout this season, but are coming off back to back losses. I think the Suns can bounce back in this one though and end New York’s nine game winning streak. The Knicks will have a tough matchup in this one and I think the guard play favors Phoenix. I like the Suns to come out strong after suffering a loss on Sunday afternoon.
BetOnline has Phoenix listed as a -1 against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to the Suns on the road. I agree with this line with how dominant Phoenix has been this season. I think that the Suns will come out hot on the road against a strong Knicks team. New York has been on a long winning streak, but I like the value on Phoenix to end it in this one.