Suns vs Knicks 1/16/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks
Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix -2.5
Kelly Oubre and the Phoenix Suns (16-24, 3rd in the Pacific Division) are headed to Madison Square Garden on Thursday where they'll meet the New York Knicks (11-30, 5th in the Atlantic Division). The spread on this contest has Phoenix as 2.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 220.
The Suns cover the spread 51.3% of the time, having gone 20-19-1 ATS. New York covers the spread 48.8% of the time, going 20-21-0 against the spread.
Key Phoenix Suns Injuries
01/14/20 PG Ricky Rubio Personal is questionable Thursday vs New York
01/04/20 PF Frank Kaminsky Knee is out indefinitely
Key New York Knicks Injuries
01/14/20 PF Marcus Morris Neck is questionable Thursday vs Phoenix
Kelly Oubre comes into this contest averaging 18.3 points per game while playing 34.0 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 6.3 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 78%. Devin Booker averages 26.1 points per game in 36.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 6.4 assists per contest and 3.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 51% for the year while his free throw percentage is 92%.
RJ Barrett averages 14.3 points per game while playing 31.7 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 5.3 rebounds per game and has 2.5 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 40% and his free throw percentage is at 61%. Julius Randle averages 18.8 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 32.0 minutes per contest. He also averages 9.2 rebounds per contest and 3.3 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 70%.
Useful Team Statistics
Phoenix averages 113.1 points per contest this season, which ranks them 10th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -1.2 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 14th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 22nd in the league. They average 43.5 rebounds per game and 27.6 assists per game, which ranks them 24th and 2nd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 19th with 14.5 per game. The Suns allow 114.3 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 24th in the league. They also allow a 47% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 27th and 26th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 45.0 rebounds a game which ranks 13th and they give up 23.7 assists per contest, which puts them in 13th place in the league. They force 16.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 28th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
New York is 27th in the league with 104.8 points per game this year. They are 26th in the league in shooting at 43%, while their average scoring margin is -8.4. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 25th in the NBA. They are 10th in the league in rebounding with 46.1 boards per game, and 29th in assists per contest with 21.2. The Knicks are 21st in turnovers per game with 13.9. The Knicks surrender 113.2 points per contest, which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 47% shooting percentage and a 39% average from 3-point range, ranking them 22nd and 30th in those defensive statistics. They rank 18th with 24.4 assists allowed per contest and 22nd with 46.5 rebounds surrendered per game. The Knicks are 10th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 14.2 per game.
The Suns are 15th in the league in defensive rating with 111, and their offensive rating of 109.9 is ranked 19th. They are 9th in the NBA in pace with 102.1 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 53% is 15th. As a unit they are 10th in the league in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 15th in the NBA. Phoenix is 19th 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 54%, which is 6th in the NBA.
New York is 23rd in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 4th in the NBA. The Knicks are 27th in the league in defensive rating with 113.7, and their offensive rating of 105.3 is ranked 28th. They are 18th in the NBA in pace with 99.3 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 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 26th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Suns/Knicks NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Phoenix -2.5
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