New York Knicks vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 5/7/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Bally Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+8)
The Phoenix Suns (47-19) host the New York Knicks (37-29) at Phoenix Suns Arena on Friday. New York opens this game as 8-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 219.
The New York Knicks stepped onto the hardwood against the Denver Nuggets and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 113-97 in their last game. New York finished the contest with a 38.4% field goal percentage (33 of 86) and made 13 out of their 35 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Knicks converted 18 of their 27 attempts for a percentage of 66.7%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they earned a total of 42 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 18 assists in this contest as well as forcing the opposition into 13 turnovers and having 6 steals. When discussing defense, New York allowed their opponent to shoot 37.8% from the field on 37 out of 98 shooting. Denver earned 23 dimes and had 13 steals for the game. In addition, Denver grabbed 64 rebounds (18 offensive, 46 defensive) and had 10 blocked shots. Denver went 81.8% at the free throw line by knocking down 27 of their 33 shots. They knocked down 12 of 39 attempts from distance.
Julius Randle is someone who played a role for the game. He ended up walking away with 14 points on 5 out of 15 shooting. He played for 29:38 minutes and snagged 8 rebounds. Randle ended up going 33.3% from the floor and recorded 5 assists. An additional guy that came through in this matchup for the Knicks was RJ Barrett. He totaled 3 rebounds in his 27:58 minutes played. He finished 30.8% from the floor for this contest by shooting 4-of-13 (14 points). When this game wrapped up, Barrett had 1 assist.
New York enters this matchup with a mark of 37-29 so far this year. They are averaging 107.3 pts per game (25th in basketball) while hitting 45.7% from the field. The Knicks are connecting on 39.1% from downtown (770 of 1,971) and 77.8% from the free throw line. As a unit, New York is collecting 45.2 boards per game and has totaled 1,405 dimes on the campaign, which is 29th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They are giving up possession 13.2 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 20.5 personal fouls per game. On defense, the Knicks are able to force 12.8 turnovers per game while drawing 18.0 fouls. They are currently ranked 5th in the league in giving up assists with 1,546 conceded so far this year. The Knicks defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 44.2% (2,501 of 5,664) and they surrender 43.8 boards per contest as a group. They relinquish 33.7% on three-point shots and they are ranked 1st in the NBA in points per game allowed (104.7).
In their last game, the Phoenix Suns took a defeat with a final score of 135-103 when they played the Atlanta Hawks. The Suns pulled down 20 defensive boards and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 30 for this contest. They turned it over 9 times, while earning 9 steals in this contest. The Hawks committed 21 fouls in this game which got the Suns to the charity stripe for a total of 29 tries. They were able to knock down 25 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 86.2%. Regarding shots from 3-point land, Phoenix buried 12 of 32 tries (37.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Suns shot 33 out of 79 from the field which had them shooting 41.8%. The Suns allowed the Hawks to bury 53 of 84 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 63.1% for the game. They finished 50.0% from beyond the perimeter by going 13 out of 26 and finished the contest at 16 of 18 from the free throw line (88.9%). In reference to how they rebounded, Phoenix permitted Atlanta to get 46 in all (9 on the offensive glass).
Devin Booker ended up being a major contributor for the Suns for the game. He made 11 out of 20 for the contest for a field goal percentage of 55.0%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Booker accumulated 30 points in his 31:26 mins on the court and had 5 dimes for this contest. One more player who was a determining factor for Phoenix was Mikal Bridges. He left the arena with no assists in 28:52 minutes on the hardwood, and he knocked down 6 of 9 from the floor. Bridges walked away from this one going 66.7% from the floor as well as totaling 18 points and 3 rebounds.
Phoenix has a record of 47-19 so far this season. In terms of offensive execution, the Suns are connecting on 48.9% from the floor, which ranks 2nd in basketball. Phoenix has totaled 7,565 pts for the year (114.6 per game) and they average 43.1 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 26.9 times per contest (4th in the league) and they are losing possession via turnover 12.7 times per contest. The Suns are committing 19.1 fouls every game and they connect on 82.7% from the free throw line. The Suns on defense are ranked 7th in basketball in points allowed per contest with 108.9. The Phoenix defense surrenders 35.6% on 3-pointers (775 of 2,174) and opponents are making 77.5% of their foul shots. They have conceded 22.7 assists and 42.9 boards every game, which is ranked 2nd and 11th in the NBA. They are forcing 13.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the floor (13th in basketball).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Phoenix (-8) and under 219 points
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