Wednesday, March 9, 2016
US Airways Center
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The New York Knicks travel to US Airways Center to play the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The opening line for this game has New York as 3 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 209.
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The Knicks come into this game with an overall record of 26-38 and a road record of 10-20. They are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of -2.5 as they are averaging 99 points per game while giving up 101.5 per contest. New York is 6-7 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 17-25. They are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Suns have an overall record of 17-46 and a home record of 11-21. They currently are 4th in the Pacific Division. They are averaging 100.6 points per game and surrendering 107.4, good for a point differential of -6.8. Phoenix has a division record of 3-7 and a conference record of 11-27. In their last 10 games they are 3-7.
Carmelo Anthony comes into this contest averaging 21.7 points per game while playing 35.3 minutes per night so far this season for the Knicks. He pulls down 8.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Kristaps Porzingis averages 14 points per game in 27.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.2 assists per contest and 7.3 rebounds per game for New York. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Devin Booker averages 11.4 points per game while playing 24.8 minutes per contest this year for the Suns. He grabs 2.2 rebounds per game and has 2.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 84%. P.J. Tucker averages 7.1 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 5.8 rebounds per contest and 1.9 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 41% and his free throw percentage is 72%.
New York averages 99 points per contest this season which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -2.5 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 23rd. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 23rd in the league. They average 52 rebounds per game and 20.1 assists per game which ranks them 15th and 26th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 7th with 13.3 per game. The Knicks allow 101.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 11th and 6th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.8 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 20.6 assists per contest which puts them in 4th place in the league. They force 11.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the league.
Phoenix averages 100.6 points per game this year which ranks them 22nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -6.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 27th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 7th in the NBA. They average 51.9 rebounds per game and 20.4 assists per contest which ranks them 16th and 25th respectively. In the turnover department the Suns rank 29th with 16.9 per game. The Suns allow 107.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 28th and 30th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 52.7 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 22.2 assists per contest which puts them in 17th place in the league. The Suns force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 10th in the NBA.
The Knicks average 98 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 97 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -4 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -2.3 per contest. The Knicks have an offensive rating of 105.1 and a defensive rating of 107.8. In terms of pace they average 93.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 48%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 25% of their shots. New York turns the ball over an average of 12.4 times per 100 possessions and they force 10.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%.
The Suns score 103.4 ppg at home and they have averaged 101 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 3.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of -2.2 points per game. The Suns rating on offense is 102.3 and they have a defensive rating of 109.3. They get 98.1 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shot attempts. Phoenix turns the ball over on 15.1 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 13.8 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 53%.
New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 34-30-0 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 30-33-1 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 25-38-0 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 33-30-0 against the over/under
New York Knicks Injuries
12/30/15 F Cleanthony Early Knee out indefinitely
03/08/16 F Kristaps Porzingis Leg is upgraded to probable Tuesday vs. Denver
Phoenix Suns Injuries
12/29/15 PG Eric Bledsoe Knee out for season
02/02/16 F T.J. Warren Ankle out for season
01/23/16 PG Brandon Knight Groin out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take New York
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