Phoenix Suns at New York Knicks NBA Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions

December 17, 7:30 PM EST

Betting Odds

Point Spread: 
New York -1.5

The New York Knicks (6-24) will host the Phoenix Suns (9-22) at the World’s Most Famous Arena Madison Square Garden for a cross-conference clash on Monday, December 17th, 2018. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM and scheduled to be televised on both MSG and the YES network. The Knicks and Suns series is best characterized by one of streaks as each team has won four of the previous eight meetings but has compiled four two-game winning streaks going back and forth between the two parties over this span. Most recently, the Knicks defeated the Suns in the desert by a score of 107-85 as a one-point favorite in the desert in January.

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Phoenix Suns at New York Knicks Overview

Phoenix Suns

The Suns come in off a two-game winning streak when they notched a duo of home wins against Dallas and Minnesota. In both contests, the Suns pulled outright upsets as both a six and a 7.5-point underdog in these respective games. Most recently, the Suns defeated the Timberwolves at home on Saturday by a score of 107-99.

New York Knicks

The Knicks enter in off a road loss endured last night in Indianapolis where they fell 110-99 against the Indiana Pacers. The loss marks the Knicks' eighth in their past ten games, but New York still managed to find a splitting-hair cover as an 11.5-point dog in Indiana.

Reasons To Avoid New York

The Knicks have been in relatively bad form and enter on less rest compared to their counterparts. The Suns have had an extra day to prepare for this contest and recover from traveling. All of these attributes make the Knicks a dicey selection here against a Suns team finding their groove.

Reasons To Back Phoenix

In addition to the aforementioned variables, the Suns are more efficient in the shooting department as they hit 45.1% of their field goals (20th in the NBA) to New York’s 28th ranked 43.9% field goal shooting percentage. In a game forecasted to be settled by a possession, this is a significant advantage to Phoenix.

Suns at Knicks Prediction 12/17/2018

On the year, the Phoenix Suns are 1-13 SU on the road, so backers of the Knicks are assuming here that the low-hanging fruit is easy money given Phoenix's woes away from home. However, the market actually says the opposite as it is incredibly underpriced on Phoenix concerning this narrative. In fact, one could argue that had this game been played a less reputable venue that the Suns may actually be favored to get their second win of the season. There is an old idiom that when anyone backs the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, they pay a premium to do so on several occasions. This is one of those spots as there is no reason to justify the Knickerbockers being favored here other than this combined with an emphasis on Phoenix’s away record. Things will change tonight, and the Suns will win convincingly.

Free Pick: 
Take Phoenix +100
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