The New York Knicks will have one of their biggest Tests of the year when they face the scorching Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
After everyone has digested their turkey, the Knicks really get going again in this conflict between conferences.
New York has already met some tough opponents, but they haven’t met a high-profile, full-strength team that has played their own basketball. The Phoenix Suns are 15-3 and have won 14 games in a row.
New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns betting odds
According to WynnBet, the Knicks enter the game as 4-point home underdogs and the Suns as 4-point road favorites.
The New York Knicks moneyline is +150 and the Phoenix Suns is -170.
The over / under for the game is 216 points.
The Knicks scored a big win against the understaffed Los Angeles Lakers, but lost a 26-point lead in the early game.
Consistency, large gaps in their level of play, falling asleep at the end of the halves – these issues have yet to be fixed and it won’t work against a team of Sun caliber.
New York Knicks vs Phoenix Suns prediction:
The last time the Phoenix Suns faced the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, it was a classic game.
The Knicks held up throughout the game until Chris Paul took over late in the game to hit a couple of clutch hits.
Chris Paul will continue to be a problem. The Knicks aren’t the best to take on enemy point guards of Paul’s caliber.
The starters of the New York Knicks can’t let the game get out of hand when they start the first and third quarters. Players like RJ Barrett need to be at the top of their game.
I would expect the Knicks to get stuck on this one, but somewhere in the area where they are never able to get stops and are consistently 8-12 points behind.
This Suns team is in a different league than the Knicks and I’m not sure NY will be the team to end their winning streak. Expect the suns to be covered.