Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks Prediction, 4/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks
Date: Monday, April 26, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (+1.5)
Madison Square Garden is the venue where and the New York Knicks (34-27) will play the Phoenix Suns (42-17) on Monday. Phoenix opens this contest as 1.5-point dogs. The O/U opens at 223.5.
The Phoenix Suns faced off with the Boston Celtics and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 99-86 in their last contest. Phoenix finished with a 40.9% FG percentage (36 of 88) and made 6 out of their 35 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Suns knocked down 8 of 9 attempts for a percentage of 88.9%. With regard to pulling down boards, they earned 38 with 10 of them being offensive. They also doled out 18 assists in the matchup while forcing the other team into 20 turnovers and earning 10 steals. When talking about the defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 42.9% from the field on 33 out of 77 shooting. Boston doled out 20 dimes and had 7 steals in this game. Moreover, Boston pulled down 48 rebounds (10 offensive, 38 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Boston ended up going 87.5% from the free throw line by making 21 of their 24 attempts. They also made 12 out of their 40 attempts from distance.
Chris Paul is one player who came through in this game. He had 22 points on 8 out of 16 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38:06 minutes and also grabbed 8 boards. Paul finished the game shooting 50.0% from the floor and also dished out 8 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in this contest for the Suns was Mikal Bridges. He pulled down 2 rebounds in his 44:44 minutes played on the night. He finished the contest at 43.8% from the field for this contest by shooting 7-of-16 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, Bridges totaled 4 assists.
Phoenix enters this game with a win-loss record of 42-17 on the campaign. They average 114.2 points per game (10th in basketball) while connecting on 48.7% from the field. The Suns are connecting on 37.4% on shots from distance (768 of 2,055) and 82.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Phoenix is pulling in 43.3 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,598 assists on the year, which ranks 5th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 13.0 times per game and as a unit are committing 19.4 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Suns are able to force 13.7 turnovers every game and they draw 18.0 fouls. They are giving up 34.9% on 3-point shots while they are 6th in basketball in points per game allowed (108.1). The Suns defense is allowing an opponent FG percentage of 45.9% (2,353 of 5,122) and they concede 43.2 boards per game as a unit. They are 1st in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,308 surrendered so far this year.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the New York Knicks walked away with a victory by a final of 120-103 when they played the Toronto Raptors. The Knicks earned 39 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 44 for the game. They also coughed up the ball 13 times, while getting 4 steals for the matchup. The Raptors were called for 19 fouls in this matchup which took the Knicks to the free throw line for a total of 24 tries. They were able to convert 20 of the free throws for a rate of 83.3%. Concerning shooting from 3-point land, New York buried 16 of their 31 tries (51.6%). When the game finished, the Knicks shot 42 out of 75 from the floor which had them at 56.0%. The Knicks permitted the Raptors to bury 36 out of their 83 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 43.4% in this contest. They went 38.6% from three-point range by shooting 17 out of 44 and ended up shooting 14 out of 19 from the free throw line (73.7%). In relation to rebounding, New York allowed Toronto to snag 33 in all (5 on the offensive side).
Julius Randle pitched in for the Knicks for the game. He knocked down 10 of 17 for the matchup for a rate of 58.8%, and had 10 rebounds. Randle tallied 31 points in his 39:22 minutes on the hardwood and had 1 assist in the game. One more player that was important for New York was RJ Barrett. He left the arena with 4 assists in 38:05 minutes played, and he converted 8 out of 16 from the floor. Barrett ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor while also contributing 25 points and 12 rebounds.
New York has a mark of 34-27 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Knicks are connecting on 45.5% from the field, which ranks them 22nd in the league. New York has scored 6,520 points this year (106.9 per contest) and they pull down 45.6 boards per game. They are earning an assist 21.2 times per game (29th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 13.4 times per contest. The Knicks are committing 20.5 fouls per contest and they connect on 77.7% from the charity stripe. The Knicks on the defensive side of the court are 1st in the NBA in PPG allowed with 104.7. They concede 23.4 dimes and 43.5 total boards per game, which is 5th and 13th in basketball. The New York defense gives up 33.7% on three-point shots (732 of 2,172) and opponents are converting on 75.5% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 12.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.2% from the field (1st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Phoenix (+1.5)
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