Saturday, January 21, 2017
Madison Square Garden
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The Phoenix Suns travel to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has New York as 6 point favorites.
The Suns come into this game with an overall record of 13-29. They are 5th in the Pacific Division. They currently have a point differential of -6.0 as they are averaging 105.8 points per game while giving up 111.8 per contest. The Knicks have an overall record of 19-25. They currently are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 105.5 points per game and surrendering 108.3, good for a point differential of -2.8.
Eric Bledsoe comes into this contest averaging 20.4 points per game while playing 32.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Suns. He pulls down 5.1 rebounds per game and dishes out 6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is currently at 83%. Devin Booker averages 20.4 points per game in 34.2 minutes per contest this season. He averages 3.2 assists per contest and 2.9 rebounds per game for Phoenix. His field goal percentage is 42% for the year while his free throw percentage is 83%.
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Derrick Rose averages 17.9 points per game while playing 31.9 minutes per contest this year for the Knicks. He grabs 4 rebounds per game and has 4.4 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage currently is at 86%. Carmelo Anthony averages 22.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 6 rebounds per contest and 3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Phoenix averages 105.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 12th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -6 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them ranked 20th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 25th in the league. They average 53.2 rebounds per game and 18.3 assists per game which ranks them 9th and 30th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 28th with 16 per game. The Suns allow 111.8 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 29th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 39% average from behind the arc ranking them 27th and 29th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.5 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 22.2 assists per contest which puts them in 13th place in the league. They force 15.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 2nd in the league.
New York averages 105.5 points per game this year which ranks them 14th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.8 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team which has them sitting in the 19th spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 36% which is good for 14th in the NBA. They average 54.2 rebounds per game and 21.7 assists per contest which ranks them 5th and 18th respectively. In the turnover department the Knicks rank 18th with 14.3 per game. The Knicks allow 108.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 25th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from behind the arc ranking them 14th and 15th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 53.1 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 22.7 assists per contest which puts them in 17th place in the league. The Knicks force 13 turnovers per game which ranks them 25th in the NBA.
The Suns have an offensive rating of 105.2 and a defensive rating of 111.1. In terms of pace they average 99.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they shoot 3 pointers on 27% of their shots. Phoenix turns the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions and they force 13.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%.
The Knicks rating on offense is 108.2 and they have a defensive rating of 111. They get 96.9 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 50%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 54% and they attempt 3 pointers on 28% of their shot attempts. New York turns the ball over on 12.7 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 11.7 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 51%.
Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 21-20-1 against the spread
The Phoenix Suns are 27-14-1 against the over/under
New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 25-19-0 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 23-21-0 against the over/under
Phoenix Suns Injuries
No key injuries to report
New York Knicks Injuries
01/20/17 C Joakim Noah Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Phoenix
01/17/17 F Lance Thomas Facial out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take New York -6
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