Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks Prediction, 1/2/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Phoenix Suns vs New York Knicks
Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
The New York Knicks are hosting the Phoenix Suns at Madison Square Garden on Monday.
The Suns took the court against the Wizards and went home with a loss by a final score of 127-102 in their last game. Regarding personal fouls, the Suns ended up walking away with 21 while the Wizards recorded 15 personal fouls. They converted 8 of their 26 attempts from beyond the perimeter. Washington finished the game shooting 89.3% at the charity stripe by knocking down 25 of their 28 attempts. Furthermore, Washington collected 46 boards (12 offensive, 34 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Washington doled out 27 dimes and had 7 steals for this game. In regard to the defense, Phoenix let their opponent shoot 57.3% from the field on 47 out of 82 shooting. They also doled out 25 assists for this contest while forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and having 7 steals. Regarding hauling in rebounds, they earned a total of 30 with 11 of them being offensive. At the free throw line, the Suns made 11 of their 16 attempts for a percentage of 68.8%. Phoenix wrapped up the game with a 44.8% FG percentage (39 of 87) and made 13 of their 31 three-point attempts.
Deandre Ayton is a player who was a factor in the game. He racked up 31 points on 14 out of 22 shooting. He saw the court for 36 mins and also totaled 7 rebounds. Ayton went 63.6% from the floor and also earned 3 assists.
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Phoenix heads into this contest with a mark of 20-16 on the year. They are turning it over 13.5 times per game and as a squad they commit 21.6 fouls per contest. As a team, Phoenix is grabbing 43.1 boards per game and has accounted for 971 assists for the campaign, which is 2nd in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Suns are hitting 38.4% on shots beyond the perimeter (477 of 1,243) and 78.8% from the free throw line. They have an average of 115.4 points per game (9th in the league) while hitting 47.0% from the floor.
Defensively, the Suns have forced 15.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.3 fouls. They surrender 36.1% on shots from distance and they rank 10th in basketball in PPG from their opponents (111.9). The Suns defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 47.1% (1,446 of 3,073) and they surrender 43.3 boards per contest as a basketball team. They are 7th in the league in giving up assists with 834 conceded on the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Knicks took a loss by a final score of 122-115 when they faced the Spurs. In reference to team rebounding, New York permitted San Antonio to collect 48 in total (14 on the offensive glass). They finished shooting 39.3% from downtown by going 11 out of 28 and finished the game at 21 out of 29 at the charity stripe (72.4%). The Knicks allowed the Spurs to convert 45 of 88 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.1% in this matchup. When this game wrapped up, the Knicks finished the game shooting 38 out of 90 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.2%. In reference to shots from downtown, New York converted 15 out of their 41 attempts (36.6%). They were able to convert 24 of them for a rate of 77.4%. The Spurs earned 23 personal fouls in this game which got the Knicks to the free throw line for a total of 31 shots. They coughed up the ball 12 times, while getting 7 steals for the game. The Knicks were able to pull down 25 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 38 in this matchup.
Julius Randle was important for the Knicks in the matchup. Randle racked up 41 points in his 43 minutes of playing time and accumulated 7 dimes in this matchup. He converted 14 of 27 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 51.9%, and earned 11 rebounds.
New York has a mark of 18-17 this year. When it comes to offense, the Knicks are connecting on 45.9% from the field, which is 24th in basketball. New York has scored 4,012 pts for the campaign (114.6 per game) and they snag 47.4 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.5 times per contest (23rd in the league) and they are giving up possession 13.9 times per contest. The Knicks commit 21.2 fouls every game while shooting 78.4% from the free throw line.
The Knicks on the defensive end are ranked 13th in the league in points per game surrendered with 112.5. They are able to force 13.5 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.4% from the floor (2nd in the league). The New York defense gives up 34.2% on three-point shots (453 of 1,326) and their opponents are making 76.4% of their free throw shots. They have given up 24.8 dimes and 43.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks them 13th and 20th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Phoenix
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