Friday, January 29, 2016
Madison Square Garden
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The Phoenix Suns travel to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks on Friday, January 29, 2016. The opening line for this game has New York as 7 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 204.
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The Suns come into this game with an overall record of 14-33 and a road record of 4-20. They are 4th in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -5.6 as they are averaging 101.4 points per game while giving up 106.9 per contest. Phoenix is 3-5 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 9-19. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games. The Knicks have an overall record of 22-25 and a home record of 13-10. They currently are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 99.6 points per game and surrendering 101.2, good for a point differential of -1.7. New York has a division record of 6-2 and a conference record of 15-16. In their last 10 games they are 4-6.
T.J. Warren comes into this contest averaging 10.9 points per game while playing 22.8 minutes per night so far this season for the Suns. He pulls down 3.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 0.9 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 50% while his free throw percentage is currently at 71%. Markieff Morris averages 10.3 points per game in 22.9 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.9 assists per contest and 4.9 rebounds per game for Phoenix. His field goal percentage is 39% for the year while his free throw percentage is 71%.
Carmelo Anthony averages 21.3 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per contest this year for the Knicks. He grabs 7.5 rebounds per game and has 4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 82%. Kristaps Porzingis averages 14 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.8 rebounds per contest and 1.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 85%.
Phoenix averages 101.4 points per contest this season which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -5.6 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 20th. Behind the arc they shoot 37% which is good for 3rd in the league. They average 51.2 rebounds per game and 20.7 assists per game which ranks them 19th and 22nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 29th with 16.8 per game. The Suns allow 106.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 48% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc ranking them 30th and 29th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.2 rebounds a game which ranks 17th and they give up 22.6 assists per contest which puts them in 21st place in the league. They force 15.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the league.
New York averages 99.6 points per game this year which ranks them 22nd in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.7 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 22nd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 22nd in the NBA. They average 52.3 rebounds per game and 20.6 assists per contest which ranks them 13th and 23rd respectively. In the turnover department the Knicks rank 7th with 13.7 per game. The Knicks allow 101.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 14th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 10th and 5th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 53.1 rebounds a game which ranks 21st and they give up 20.2 assists per contest which puts them in 3rd place in the league. The Knicks force 11.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the NBA.
The Suns average 99.4 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 98 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -11.1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -9.7 per contest. The Suns have an offensive rating of 102.9 and a defensive rating of 108.5. In terms of pace they average 98.3 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 50%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 30% of their shots. Phoenix turns the ball over an average of 15 times per 100 possessions and they force 14.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%.
The Knicks score 102.1 ppg at home and they have averaged 98 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -15.7 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 0.9 points per game. The Knicks rating on offense is 105.4 and they have a defensive rating of 107.2. They get 93.4 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 48%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 25% of their shot attempts. New York turns the ball over on 12.7 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 10.9 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 48%.
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 18-29-0 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 25-22-0 against the over/under
New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 27-20-0 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 25-21-1 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Injuries
12/29/15 PG Eric Bledsoe Knee out for season
01/28/16 F Jon Leuer Back "?" Friday vs. New York
01/28/16 F Mirza Teletovic Ankle probable Friday vs. New York
01/23/16 PG Brandon Knight Groin out indefinitely
01/14/16 PG Ronnie Price Toe out indefinitely
New York Knicks Injuries
12/30/15 F Cleanthony Early Knee out indefinitely
01/28/16 F Carmelo Anthony Knee is downgraded to expected to miss Thursday vs. Toronto
01/28/16 PG Jose Calderon Groin "?" Thursday vs. Toronto
Tony's Pick: Take Phoenix
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