On Friday, the Phoenix Suns look to win their 15th game in a row when they take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. The Suns are just three wins away from tying the franchise record of 17 wins in a row, and they have to be thinking about history at this point.
Will Phoenix pull out a big road victory against a tough Eastern Conference opponent? Keep reading our Suns vs. Knicks NBA picks and predictions for Friday, November 26 to find out.
Suns vs Knicks odds
Odds via the Covers Line, an average comprised of odds from multiple sportsbooks.
The Suns opened as 3-point favorites in this Friday night showdown at the world’s most famous arena, but Phoenix can now be found as a favorite of anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5. The total is similarly all over the place, with the number starting at 215 and now being anything from 214.5 to 216.5.
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Suns vs Knicks predictions
Predictions made on 11/26/2021 at 9:05 a.m. ET.
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Suns vs Knicks game info
• Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
• Date: Friday, November 26, 2021
• Tip-off: 7:00 p.m. ET
• TV: MSG, BSAZ, SN1
Suns vs Knicks betting preview
Suns: Frank Kaminsky III C (Out), Dario Saric F (Out).
Nuggets: Mitchell Robinson C (Questionable), Derrick Rose G (Questionable), Taj Gibson F (Questionable).
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Betting trend to know
The Over is 12-5 in Phoenix’s last 17 games as a road favorite. Find more NBA betting trends for Suns vs. Nuggets.
Suns vs Knicks picks and predictions
Our predictions are compiled from the analysis of the spread and total and are indications of where we are leaning for this game.
Our best bet is the play that we like the most for this game, which we would actually put some of our bankroll behind.
Only two teams in the league are allowing more made threes per game than the 13.8 that New York is giving up this year, and this Knicks team just doesn’t defend quite as well as it did one year ago. That’s part of the deal when bringing on offense-first players like Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier in the offseason, and it’s still too early to say whether or not the overall change in philosophy was good for the Knicks. But what is certain is that New York’s guard are going to have trouble with Phoenix’s elite backcourt.
This season, Devin Booker is averaging 23.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game, while Chris Paul is giving the Suns 14.1 points, 10.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. Booker hasn’t exactly been the most efficient player in the world this year, as his field goal percentage is down from 48.4 last year to 45.1 this year. He is, however, shooting a career-high 39.3 percent from deep, and the Knicks just don’t have an answer for a player with his ability to score the ball at all three levels. Booker is just too crafty and skilled for anybody on New York’s roster, and he also happens to be averaging 30.1 points per game in six career trips to Madison Square Garden. Phoenix won four of those six contests.
As for Paul, he should have no trouble manipulating a Knicks defense that just hasn’t played all that well this year. Sure, New York has really turned it on as of late, but there has still been some sloppy play. Paul, who’s still in complete control of the game, should have no trouble picking apart this defense. He’ll likely look to get his teammates involved early on, but he’ll be aggressive as a scorer if the Suns need him to take over in the fourth. He’s still more lethal in the mid-range game than just about anybody else in the league.
For what it’s worth, Phoenix also has the right personnel to defend this Knicks offense. Mikal Bridges is capable of taking RJ Barrett out of this contest, as the Suns wing is looking to make the NBA All-Defensive First Team this year. Then, Phoenix has the luxury of having Deandre Ayton in the paint. The big man’s ability to defend around the basket should make things extremely tough on New York.
Prediction: Suns -2.5 (-115)
Coming into this game, Phoenix has gone Over the total in each of its last four games. The Suns are averaging 118.3 points per game in that time, and putting up such a number again would make it extremely difficult for this game not to go Over. That’s even the case against a Knicks team that has gone Under the total in eight straight games and 10 of its last 11. The reality is that if the Suns do continue to score at the clip they have recently, they’ll only need the Knicks to score around 105 points in this game. It’s hard to imagine that not happening.
For what it’s worth, the Over is 10-7 in games in which New York has played as a home underdog with Tom Thibodeau as head coach. It’s also a ridiculous 52-29 when the Suns have played against teams that make at least 36.0 percent of their threes since Monty Williams became Phoenix’s head coach.
Prediction: Over 214.5 (-110)
The 214.5 total isn’t widely available, but it’s not a huge deal if you can’t nab that number. This play really should be a somewhat straightforward one, regardless of where you end up taking it.
Since the start of last season, the Over is 26-13 in Phoenix games against Eastern Conference opponents. The average number of points scored in those contests was 224.5 per game, which is much higher than this game’s number — regardless of what you find it at.
This also seems like a game in which the Knicks are going to have to speed up and find a way to score with the Suns. Phoenix is fourth in the league in pace of play and eighth in the league in offensive rating, which is definitely a nice combination when playing against a New York team that is only 16th in the league in defensive rating this year. The Suns should be able to score a good number of points in this one, so the Knicks are going to have to do the same.
Pick: Over 214.5 (-110)
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