New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns - 1/3/20 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: New York Knicks vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Friday, January 3, 2020
Location: Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix -5.5
Talking Stick Resort Arena is the venue where Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns (13-21, 3rd in the Pacific Division) will take on the New York Knicks (10-24, 5th in the Atlantic Division) on Friday. New York opens this contest as 5.5 point dogs. The O/U opens at 218.
The Knicks are covering 52.9% of the time, having gone 18-16-0 ATS. Phoenix is covering 57.6% of the time, going 19-14-1 against the spread.
Key New York Knicks Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Phoenix Suns Injuries
No key injuries to report
Julius Randle comes into this contest averaging 18.8 points per game while playing 32.0 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 9.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 3.3 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 70%. Marcus Morris averages 18.3 points per game in 31.5 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 5.6 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 86%.
Devin Booker averages 25.2 points per game while playing 35.8 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 3.9 rebounds per game and has 6.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 50% and his free throw percentage is at 91%. Kelly Oubre averages 18.0 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.4 minutes per contest. He also averages 6.0 rebounds per contest and 1.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is 79%.
Useful Team Statistics
New York averages 103.7 points per contest this season, which ranks them 29th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -7.2 and their shooting percentage is 43% as a team, which has them ranked 28th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 22nd in the league. They average 46.5 rebounds per game and 21.1 assists per game, which ranks them 7th and 29th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 22nd with 14.3 per game. The Knicks allow 110.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 17th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 38% average from behind the arc, ranking them 18th and 28th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.4 rebounds a game which ranks 22nd and they give up 23.7 assists per contest, which puts them in 13th place in the league. They force 14.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 7th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix is 6th in the league with 114.1 points per game this year. They are 11th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -1.1. They shoot 35% from 3-point range, which is good for 21st in the NBA. They are 24th in the league in rebounding with 43.2 boards per game, and 1st in assists per contest with 28.4. The Suns are 19th in turnovers per game with 14.6. The Suns surrender 115.1 points per contest, which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 48% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 28th and 26th in those defensive statistics. They rank 15th with 23.9 assists allowed per contest and 12th with 45.1 rebounds surrendered per game. The Suns are 27th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 16.2 per game.
The Knicks are 28th in the league in defensive rating with 112, and their offensive rating of 104.8 is ranked 21st. They are 25th in the NBA in pace with 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 49% is 28th. As a unit they are 30th in the league in true shooting percentage with 52% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 24th in the NBA. New York is 22nd in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 9th in the NBA.
Phoenix is 21st in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 5th in the NBA. The Suns are 9th in the league in defensive rating with 111.4, and their offensive rating of 110.4 is ranked 19th. They are 10th in the NBA in pace with 102.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 11th. As a unit they are 9th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 14th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Knicks/Suns NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take New York +5.5
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