The New York Knicks look to build off an inspiring comeback victory last time out when they play host to the red-hot Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. The NBA picks and spreads may change up until game time due to injury issues.
The Knicks roared back from 21 points down to knock off the Miami Heat 100-98 on Friday for their seventh win in the last nine games. Jalen Brunson led the way with 24 points for New York,
New York defeated Phoenix in January to snap a nine-game losing streak in the series, but the Suns are on fire in the second half of November with six straight wins..
Phoenix is without third-leading scorer Bradley Beal (back), while leading point producer Kevin Durant is questionable after being held out of the last game with a foot injury. Devin Booker stepped up to score 40 as the Suns defeated Memphis, 110-89, on Friday.
The Knicks are +5000 to win the NBA title in the Vegas odds while Phoenix is +650.
Odds Are Booker Takes Lead For Suns
Booker is averaging 29.6 points, but produced a season high Friday while draining 15-of-21 from the field and 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point arc.
“The guy’s a professional scorer,” Phoenix coach Frank Vogel told reporters. “He’s a big reason we are having a six-game winning streak.”
The Suns were able to get away with the absence of Durant as Eric Gordon poured in 20 points, but they may need all hands on deck against the Knicks. The good news is, they could be healthier.
Some good news on the Suns injury report for tomorrow: Kevin Durant (right foot soreness) and Yuta Watanabe (left quad contusion) have been upgraded to questionable for tomorrow, while Drew Eubanks (left ankle sprain) is probable. Bradley Beal and Damion Lee still out
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Jordan Goodwin matched his season high with 14 points on Friday as Phoenix shot 51.3% from the field, well above its season average (47.9) if you bet online.
Defense Key To Knicks’ Moneyline Chances
New York boasts three players averaging at least 19 points per game, but the Knicks’ calling card this season has been defense.
After giving up 37 points in the third quarter Friday, New York limited the talented Heat to11 in the final 12 minutes to spark the comeback. The Knicks are currently second in the league in points against per contest (105.3)
Brunson leads the way for New York at 24.2 points per contest, followed by improving RJ Barrett (20.5) and forward Julius Randle (19.1). Immanuel Quickley (15.7) is also a big factor for the Knicks, including his big 20-point, 26-minute performance Friday.
New York has won four straight at home after dropping its first two of the season to Boston and Cleveland.
Suns vs Knicks Game Information
- Game: Suns (10-6) vs Knicks (9-6)
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
- Day/Time: Sunday, Nov. 26, 6 p.m. ET
- Suns vs Knicks Live Stream: NBA Game Pass
Suns vs Knicks Betting Lines
Best Bets for Suns vs Knicks
If Durant returns healthy to give Booker more room to operate, the Suns might be tough to beat – especially as the 3½-point underdog in the NBA odds. The Knicks are playing pretty darn good basketball, though, and they could ride the momentum of the win against the Heat. Brunson and Barrett are becoming a strong scoring combo and we think superfan Spike Lee will enjoy a home win. Even though the Knicks play good defense, going over the number (219 1/2) is a good bet.
Best Bet: Knicks ML (-155), Over 219 ½ (-110)
Best Prop Bets for Suns vs Knicks
The best value on props lie on the Phoenix side if you expect Durant to play and continue his run of 30-point games (now at five). Hedging against your Knicks moneyline bet in this close game is not a bad idea. A small bet could pay off well.
Best NBA Prop: Suns win by 3-6 points (+600) or 7-9 (+1000)
Questions of the Day
Which player is the favorite to get the most assists in the game?
He might score the most points as well, but Booker averages 8.6 assists per game. Randle leads the Knicks with 5.4.
Which are some of the best player props for this contest?
Brunson has been consistent, scoring at least 20 in all but one game this month. The guard is probably the player to put in a parlay prop.