New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau will be looking to guide his team their 10th straight win as they host the Suns.
- Knicks seek 10th win in a row hosting the Phoenix Suns on a back-to-back
- Phoenix is trying to avoid their first three-game losing slide since January
- Get the latest Suns vs Knicks odds, betting preview and a pick below
After an impressive start to their East coast trip, the Phoenix Suns could see it end with their first three-game losing streak since January.
To avoid it, they’ll have to win in New York against the Knicks, who are seeking their 10th straight win.
If that sounds jarring, imagine how the oddsmakers are trying to handicap this: even with the Suns playing on the second half of a back-to-back and the Knicks surging, Phoenix is still a 2-point road favorite.
Suns vs Knicks Odds
|Team||Spread at FanDuel||Moneyline||Total|
|Phoenix Suns||-2 (-110)||-126||Ov 215.5 (-110)|
|New York Knicks||+2 (-110)||+108||Un 215.5 (-110)|
Odds as of April 25. Tipoff is Monday at 7pm ET
Suns Burned for Consecutive Losses
After besting 3rd-seeded Milwaukee and 2nd-seeded Philly to open the trip, the Suns have taken two pretty definitive L’s.
In Boston Friday night, the Suns couldn’t make a shot, dropping a 97-86 decision. They were just 6-for-35 from three point range and committed 17 turnovers. It was the second time in four games they had failed to crack 100 points. They’d done that only once before the entire season.
I asked Kevin Durant if the Suns were a measuring stick game for the Nets: “I think we were a measuring stick for them.”
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) April 25, 2021
Against Brooklyn Sunday, they couldn’t stop the offensive onslaught. Freshly-returned Kevin Durant had 34 points, while Kyrie Irving added 33 and 12 assists, as Brooklyn cruised in this potential Finals preview, 128-119. Devin Booker led Phoenix with 36 points, while Deandre Ayton had 20 points and 13 rebounds.
Courtside POV for you. pic.twitter.com/SEfAYsc6aV
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 25, 2021
Chris Paul, who had 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against Boston, was held to 14 points, eight assists and four board against the Nets.
Now 42-18, the Suns are a full two games behind the Utah Jazz for first place in the Western Conference with 12 games to go in the season.
Phoenix not only blew chance to pull within a game of Utah as Jazz lost Saturday to T-Wolves, they’re now tied with Clippers, who own the tiebreaker over #Suns.
Fell Sunday to Nets in 4th of five-game road trip. Face Knicks, winners of 9 straight, Monday. https://t.co/QrxJNK5WnJ pic.twitter.com/vEA2J2c5hB
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) April 25, 2021
Jae Crowder, who’s been out the last two games with an ankle injury, is listed as questionable for Monday’s game against the Knicks. Dario Saric, who also sat out Sunday with a sore ankle, should be a go Monday.
Knicks’ Offense Clicking
What a ride for the New York Basketball Knicks.
They’ve ripped off nine wins in a row to move seven games over .500 at 34-27, into sole possession of fourth in the Eastern Conference.
New York has shifted their fortunes this year by playing an elite-level defense, which ranks first in points allowed (104.7 a game), and first in both field-goal shooting defense (44.2%) and 3-point shooting D (33.7%).
The Knicks haven’t been to the playoffs since the Carmelo Anthony era. They’re currently 4th in the East and are on a 9-game win streak. Can someone explain why Julius Randle isn’t on the #MVP ladder? 🤨
— Da Kid Gowie (@DaKidGowie) April 25, 2021
But this recent run hasn’t been dominated by defense, though they’ve ranked seventh in points allowed and three-point defense. It’s their suddenly potent offense that has carried them. Over the past nine games, New York is putting up 118.6 points a game, which ranks fourth in that sample, and a major step-up from their usual 106.9 points a night (26th).
They’ve also found the range from downtown, hitting at a 41.7% clip, which ranks second, and 48.3% from the field, which is sixth-best during this streak.
RT if you agree. pic.twitter.com/rWNx5rq2FF
— NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) April 24, 2021
The catalyst all year has been forward Julius Randle, and he was again in their latest win against the Raptors, going for 31 points and 10 boards, while drilling 5-of-7 from downtown. That’s the sixth game he’s gone for 30+ during this streak, including a pair of 40-bombs in wins over the Hawks and Mavericks.
RJ BARRETT with the dagger in the Knicks 9TH WIN IN A ROW!
25 PTS, 12 REB, 4 AST pic.twitter.com/RliZGPCjpk
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) April 24, 2021
RJ Barrett, emerging as the star sidekick, had 25 points, 12 boards and four assists against the Raptors. While he’s scoring 17.8 points per game in April, down from 20.2 in March, his extended range is making a difference in the Knicks’ spacing. Through April, Barrett is connecting on 49.3% of his 5.5 three-point attempts per game.
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What’s the Best Bet?
Even with their recent stumbles, Phoenix is still 8-2 in their last 10 against Eastern Conference competition, and they are 18-8 overall against the East this season, which is the second-best mark of any team outside Utah. While they are just 1-4-1 ATS in their last six, they are 4-1 both straight up and ATS against the Knicks. They also sport a 10-4 mark on the second half of a back-to-back.
But the Knicks have been a bettors dream lately, sporting a 10-0 mark against the spread in their last 10, including a 7-0 mark ATS in their last seven home games. Let’s ride the Knicks wave and see where it takes us.
The pick: Knicks +2 (-110)
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