Phoenix Suns at New York Knicks NBA Picks & Predictions 12/17/2018
Monday, December 17, 2018
Madison Square Garden
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The Phoenix Suns head to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks on Monday, December 17, 2018. The opening line for this game has New York as 3 point favorites.
The Suns have a record of 6-24. They are 5th in the Pacific Division. They have a point differential of -10.5 as they average 102.3 points per game while giving up 112.7 per contest. The Knicks have an overall mark of 9-21. They currently are 5th in the Atlantic Division. They total 108.9 points per contest and give up 115.2, which is a point differential of -6.3.
Valuable Phoenix Suns Betting Trends
The Phoenix Suns are 11-19-0 against the spread this season
The Phoenix Suns are 12-18-0 against the over/under this year
Important New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 15-14-1 against the spread this season
The New York Knicks are 17-13-0 against the over/under this year
Key Phoenix Suns Injuries
12/16/18 PG Austin Rivers Acquired is questionable Monday vs New York
Key New York Knicks Injuries
12/16/18 G Allonzo Trier Hamstring is downgraded to doubtful Sunday vs Indiana
12/15/18 PG Frank Ntilikina Ankle is upgraded to probable Sunday vs Indiana
12/15/18 C Mitchell Robinson Ankle is downgraded to out Sunday vs Indiana
12/15/18 PG Trey Burke Knee is upgraded to probable Sunday vs Indiana
12/14/18 G Damyean Dotson Shoulder is questionable Sunday vs Indiana
11/07/18 SF Lance Thomas Knee is out indefinitely
10/11/18 F Kristaps Porzingis Knee is out indefinitely
T.J. Warren comes into this game averaging 18.1 points per contest while playing 29.3 minutes per night this year. He grabs 4.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 1.3 assists per game. His FG percentage is 52% while his free throw percentage is 86%. Devin Booker averages 23.8 points per contest in 35.3 minutes per game. He averages 6.8 assists per game and 3.8 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% for the season while his free throw percentage is 84%.
Tim Hardaway scores 21.1 points per contest while playing 33.4 minutes per game. He hauls in 3.2 rebounds per contest and has 2.9 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 39% and his free throw percentage is at 86%. Enes Kanter averages 15.0 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 27.0 minutes per game. He also brings in 11.4 rebounds per game and has 2.0 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 56% and his free throw percentage is 82%.
Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix averages 102.3 points per contest, which is 28th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -10.5 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 21st. From 3-point territory they shoot 33%, which is good for 26th in the NBA. They average 40.4 boards per contest and 23.7 assists per game, which ranks them 28th and 18th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 2nd with 16.1 per game. The Suns allow 112.7 points per contest, which is 24th in the NBA. They also surrender a 48% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 29th and 10th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.0 rebounds a game which ranks 20th, and they allow 25.4 assists per game which puts them in 25th place in the league. They force 14.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 20th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
New York is 20th in the NBA with 108.9 points per contest this season. They are 28th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -6.33. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 16th in the league. They are 14th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.5 boards per contest and 29th in assists per game with 19.9. The Knicks are 19th in turnovers per contest with 14.0. The Knicks give up 115.2 points per game, which ranks them 26th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 48% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 27th and 27th in those defensive statistics. They rank 29th with 25.8 dimes allowed per game and 24th with 46.3 boards surrendered per contest. The Knicks are 14th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.1 per contest this year.
The Suns are 29th in the league in defensive rating with 112.9, and their offensive rating of 102.4 is ranked 26th. They are 21st in the NBA in pace with 99.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 22nd. As a unit they are 23rd in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 15th in the NBA. Phoenix is 2nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 7th in the NBA.
New York is 19th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.3 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 2nd in the league. The Knicks are 21st in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.8, and their defensive rating of 114.1 is ranked 28th. In terms of pace they are 14th in the league with 99.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 28th. As a team they are 26th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 32% of their shots, ranking 23rd in the league.
Who will win tonight's Suns/Knicks NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Phoenix +3
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