Last Updated Mar 04, 2022, 9:32 PM

New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA coverage will conclude on Friday night with a compelling non-conference matchup between the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns. Coverage begins from Footprint Center at 10:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Score Prediction

Suns 119, Knicks 110

Best Bets

Suns -6.5 (-110) at DraftKings

Over 221 (-110) at FanDuel

Knicks vs. Suns Predictions

After finishing fourth in the East with a record of 41-31 SU last year, New York briefly kept that same ball rolling with another strong start to this season, as the Knicks opened with a sturdy 11-9 SU and 9-11 ATS run– which included tough victories over the Sixers (2), Bucks, Hawks, Bulls, and Lakers.

The Knicks have looked like a shell of that squad since mid-November though, considering New York enters Friday riding a rocky 14-28 SU skid – despite getting tagged as favorites in 18 of those contests.

On the other hand, Phoenix also posted a strong start to the season, as the Suns kicked things off with a sturdy 27-8 SU and 18-17 ATS run – with 18 of those victories coming by 10+ PTS.

Phoenix has been red hot since the midway point of January though, considering the Suns boast records of 23-4 SU and 16-11 ATS across their last 27 games – while scoring 116.3 OPPG and allowing just 106.5 DPPG during that timeframe.

I’ll take the over here, as Friday’s nightcap should be a relatively high-scoring battle between a Suns squad that’s averaging 119.1 OPPG across their latest 8-2 SU stretch – and a Knicks squad that’s allowing 118.3 DPPG across their current six-game losing streak.

Knicks vs. Suns Betting Odds

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Knicks vs. Suns Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Atlantic vs. Pacific
  • Date: Friday, March 4, 2022
  • Venue: Footprint Center
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ
  • TV-Time: ESPN - 10:00 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

New York Knicks Betting Analysis

  • SU: 25-37
  • ATS: 26-36
  • O/U: 31-31

New York seemingly caught the entire conference by surprise last season, as the Knicks finished fourth in the East with a sturdy record of 41-31 SU, before inevitably falling to the Hawks in a quick five-game set to open the playoffs.

The Knicks haven’t caught anybody off guard this season though, considering New York ranks 12th in the East straight-up with a record of 25-37 SU, and 13th against the spread with a record of 26-36 ATS – despite getting tagged as favorites in 32 matchups so far this season.

Phoenix Suns Betting Analysis

  • SU: 50-12
  • ATS: 34-28
  • O/U: 30-31-1

After battling Utah for the top spot in the conference all the way through the final day of last year’s regular season (51-21 SU), the Suns were surprisingly rusty to start this season, as Phoenix dropped three-of-four games out of the gate – while scoring just 106.3 OPPG across that window.

Devin Booker and company clearly just needed a few days to settle into a rhythm though, considering the Suns boast records of 48-9 SU and 32-25 ATS since their opening skid, while ranking fourth in the league in both scoring and offensive efficiency (113.7 OPPG, 1.109 OE) – and on the flipside, ranking sixth in points allowed and third in defensive efficiency (105.6 PPG, 1.109 DE).

The Knicks are 0-6 ATS in their last six games. (AP)

Knicks vs. Suns Head-to-Head

The Suns swept a two-game regular-season set against New York last year, with both matchups soaring over the total at an average of 230.5 PPG. The most recent meeting between these teams took place back in November of this season though, which resulted in a relatively high-scoring victory for the Suns (118-107, O 214).

Key Players to Watch

  • NYK: RJ Barrett - SG (18.9 PPG, 5.7 REB, 2.7 AST)
  • NYK: Julius Randle - PF (19.7 PPG, 10.1 REB, 5.3 AST)
  • PHX: Devin Booker - SG (25.6 PPG, 5.2 REB, 4.6 AST)
  • PHX: Deandre Ayton - C (16.5 PPG, 10 REB, 1.4 AST)

Knicks vs. Suns Betting Conclusion

After extending their losing streak to six games with a loss in Philly on Wednesday night (L, 123-108), the Knicks hit the road again for Friday’s contest as steep underdogs against the Suns at Footprint Center – marking the ninth time New York has been an underdog across their last 12 games.

I’ll take the over here, as Phoenix should ultimately emerge victorious in Friday’s matchup, considering the Suns are 8-2 SU in their last ten games, while averaging a lofty 119.1 OPPG across that window – but I think we’ll see a similarly inspired offensive effort from a Knicks squad that’s averaging roughly 110 OPPG across their latest 1-9 SU skid.

Knicks vs. Suns Betting Trends

  • The Knicks are 0-6 ATS in their last six games.
  • The Suns are 7-0 ATS in their last seven matchups against New York.
  • The total has gone OVER in five straight Knicks' games.
  • The Suns are 2-4 ATS in their last six games.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the last ten Suns' games.
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