Nov 24, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Isaac Okoro (35) during the second half at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
- The Phoenix Suns are a 3-point favorite over the New York Knicks on Friday (Nov. 26th, 7 pm ET)
- Phoenix has won 14 straight games
- Read below for odds, analysis and a betting prediction
Can anyone slow down the Phoenix Suns? Last year’s Western Conference champions have reeled off 14 straight wins, their longest winning streak since the 2006-07 season. The Suns will look to make it 15 victories in a row on Friday (November 26th) when they travel to New York to face the Knicks.
Suns vs Knicks Odds
|Phoenix Suns||-140||-3 (-110)||O 216 (-110)|
|New York Knicks||+120||+3 (-110)||U 216 (-110)|
Odds as of Nov. 25th at FanDuel.
Phoenix is a 3-point favorite, in a game that features a total of 216. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm ET at Madison Square Garden, as the Suns will look to improve on their NBA best 7-1 record away from home.
Phoenix is Still Rising
The Suns current run is their third longest winning streak in team history. Six of the 14 victories have come on the road, including on Wednesday in Cleveland.
Devin Booker led the way with 35 points, while Chris Paul poured in 17 and added 12 assists in a 120-115 decision. Phoenix found themselves in a much closer game than they likely anticipated with Cavs star rookie Evan Mobley out, but Booker and Paul helped put away the victory when things got tight down the stretch.
Devin Booker and our Suns are on a major roll 🔥 pic.twitter.com/PGIUsMvyT2
— Suns Nation (@SunsNationCP) November 25, 2021
The Suns shot 52% from the field, while winning the rebounding and assist battle. Phoenix boasts one of the premier offenses in the league, leading the NBA in field goal percentage, and ranking third in points per game.
Defensively, they held Cleveland to just 44.3% shooting, which is just a hair north of their season average. The Suns rank 10th in opponent field goal percentage, and 11th in scoring defense. They’ve yielded 105 points or less in seven of their past 10, holding five of those opponents below 99 points.
JaVale said… N⛔️ pic.twitter.com/YpgatvG8rn
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) November 25, 2021
On the injury front, Abdul Nader sat out his third straight game due to injury management, while Frank Kaminsky missed his fifth straight outing. Kaminsky is out indefinitely with a knee injury, while Nader is questionable versus the Knicks.
New York Underwhelms After Strong Start
As for New York, they’ve won just four times in their past 11 outings, after starting 6-1. Last time out, they did get a 106-100 win over a shorthanded LA Lakers squad, but they nearly blew a 25 point lead.
Evan Fournier led the way with 26 points, while Julius Randle racked up 20 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Immanuel Quickley splashed 14, doing his best work in the final quarter. Quickley scored 12 of his 14 points down the stretch, helping to preserve the victory.
I’ve always wanted the #Knicks to draft a guard like Immanuel Quickley
Someone who can create his own 3 point shot off the dribble, infectious energy & fearless mindset
Future is BRIGHT for IQ
— Knicks Media 🗽 (@NYKnicks_Media) November 25, 2021
The Knicks were missing Derrick Rose (ankle), Mitchell Robinson (concussion), and Taj Gibson (groin), and all three are questionable versus Phoenix.
New York shot 45% from the field and 44% from three against LA, which falls right in line with their season averages. The Knicks rank 21st in field goal percentage, but only three teams are more proficient from behind the arc.
— KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) November 25, 2021
Defense is once again the Knicks calling card, which isn’t surprising for a Tom Thibodeau team. New York held the Lakers to 37.4% from the field, while forcing 17 turnovers. The Knicks rank third in opponent field goal percentage, third in blocks, and 13th in scoring defense.
Suns vs Knicks Pick
Fuelled by a strong defense, New York has been cashing under tickets at a very high rate. Six of the Knicks’ past eight games have failed to clear the total, while the under is 6-4 during New York home games this season.
https://t.co/wWGNmWnCY9’s updated Power Rankings:
1. Golden State Warriors
2. Phoenix Suns
3. Chicago Bulls
4. Brooklyn Nets
5. Miami Heat
6. Washington Wizards
7. Utah Jazz
8. LA Clippers
9. Boston Celtics
10. Milwaukee Bucks
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) November 22, 2021
When you think Phoenix, you likely think high scoring games, but that hasn’t been the trend so far this season. The under has hit in 10 of the Suns 18 contests, including in five of their eight road tilts. The under is 4-2 when Phoenix is a road favorite, and this game has a strong chance to underwhelm offensively as well.
Pick: Under 216 (-110)
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