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#539 Phoenix Suns vs.
#540 New York Knicks
Friday, November 26, 2021 at 7:10pm EST
Madison Square Garden, New York
Written by Nick Raffoul

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The Phoenix Suns will head on the road to Madison Square Garden on Friday evening as they continue their Eastern Conference road trip with a battle versus the New York Knicks.

Phoenix comes into the weekend with a 15-3 overall record but the Suns are just 9-9 against the spread during that span. Meanwhile, New York is 10-8 with an 8-10 record against the spread in 18 games.

Can the Knicks cool off the Suns off at home on Friday night?

Booker leads Suns to 14th straight win

Devin Booker poured in 35 points and Phoenix defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-115 to keep its winning streak alive on Wednesday night. Chris Paul had 17 points and 12 assists while JaVale McGee added 13 points and 12 rebounds off of the bench in the win.

The Suns’ 1-3 start is suddenly a distant memory. Phoenix has won 14 consecutive games but will be moving forward without big man Frank Kaminsky, who will be sidelined indefinitely with a stress reaction in his right knee. Kaminsky filled in admirably in DeAndre Ayton’s absence earlier in the season and was averaging 10.6 points per game prior to getting hurt.

According to, Phoenix enters with a +4.4 adjusted net rating, which ranks fifth in the NBA. The Suns own an adjusted 109.5 offensive rating, 12th in the NBA, and a 105.1 adjusted defensive rating on the other end of the floor, good for fourth in the league.

Knicks hoping to build off win vs. Lakers

The Knicks beat the L.A. Lakers 106-100 without LeBron James on Tuesday night to remain above the .500-mark. Evan Fournier led the way with 26 points while Julius Randle finished with 20 points, 16 rebounds, and five assists in the win. The Knicks also got a considerable push from their bench, which had three players finish with double-figures in scoring, led by Immanuel Quickley with 14 points.

There is growing concern about the regression of third-year forward R.J. Barrett, who is quietly having an inefficient season. The 21-year-old has shot just 39.1 percent from the field through 18 games, a career-low mark. He’s also tied his career low by knocking down just 32.0 percent of his 3-point shots while watching his scoring average drop from 17.6 points per game in 2020-21 to just 14.8 points per game this season.

According to, New York comes in with an adjusted -1.4 net rating, which ranks 22nd in the NBA. The Knicks own an adjusted 108.3 offensive rating, 14th in the league, but rank 19th in the NBA on defense with an adjusted 109.7 rating through 18 games.

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The Knicks come into Friday’s contest as 3.5-point underdogs against a team that has won 14 in a row. Phoenix’s winning streak has to come to an end at some point and this looks like a good spot for that to happen. New York has won two of its last three games, including a confidence-building win over the Lakers on Tuesday. The Suns nearly lost versus Cleveland and have had some close calls as of late, winning five of their last six games by eight points or fewer. With a matchup versus Brooklyn looming tomorrow, this is a prime letdown spot for the Suns. Take New York to cover the spread at home in this matchup on Friday night. 

Prediction: New York Knicks +3.5

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These two teams are projected for 216.5 points but that number might be too high in this spot. While the Suns play fast, they also happen to rank among the best defensive teams in the NBA. Meanwhile, New York ranks near the bottom of the NBA in pace, ranking 24th in tempo and 26th in average possession length on offense, which should help keep this total from getting out of hand. Take this game to stay under the projected number at Madison Square Garden on Friday evening.

Prediction: Under 216.5

Written By Nick Raffoul , "Nick Raffoul"

Shortly after graduating with an Honors in Business Administration, Nick turned his attention from traditional stocks and bonds to investing in the performance of sports teams. He has been a very successful sports bettor over the years and has now brought his talents to us here at Winners & Whiners. Nick uses a combination of advanced stats and historical data to create sports investment models to identify value and generate consistent profits. Let Nick win for you.