The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips as high-flyers Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks both aim to bounce back from a loss.
12:00 (AEST), Sat 8th May @ Phoenix Suns Arena
History: Played 131: Suns 67 V Knicks 64
Last meeting: April 26, 2021: Suns 118 d Knicks 110 at Madison Square Garden
Final Thoughts: Two of the 2020-21 NBA season’s surprise packets lock horns – and there’s plenty at stake for Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks.
The Suns have won five straight against the Knicks, including a 118-110 come-from-behind result in New York two weeks ago. Devin Booker (33 pts) and Mikal Bridges (21 pts) were prominent for the Suns, while Chris Paul (20 pts, 5 reb, 6 ast) came up with some huge clutch shots late in the game. Derrick Rose (22 pts, 6 reb, 6 ast) top-scored off the bench for the Knicks.
The 47-19 Suns slipped back to second in the Western Conference with a 135-103 loss to the Hawks two days ago. The heavy defeat – in which Booker topped 30 points for the fourth straight game – snapped a five-game winning streak.
The 37-29 Knicks currently hold the fourth seed in the East, but the Hawks, Celtic and Heat are all within a couple of wins behind.
Their loss to the Suns ended a nine-game winning run. The Knicks responded with three straight wins over the Bulls, Rockets and Grizzlies by 14-plus, but they succumbed 113-97 to the Nuggets two days ago. Spearhead Julius Randle – who averages 24.1 points – was held to just 14 by the Denver defence.
New York are also sweating on the availability of Alec Burks and Immanuel Quickley. Jae Crowder is in doubt for Phoenix and Cameron Johnson is out.
These sides boast the NBA’s best two ATS records: the Knicks are 42-23-1 against the line; the Suns are 40-25-1. The Suns are a dominant 25-9 at home overall and 22-12 ATS. The Knicks are 15-18 on the road but 21-12 ATS.
The Suns have to be favoured for the win at home by a blowout result would surprise.
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