New York Knicks vs. Phoenix Suns - 1/13/14
Phoenix Suns (21-15) at New York Knicks (14-22)
NBA Basketball: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -3 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
The New York Knicks look to continue their hot streak tonight when they play host to the Phoenix Suns.
The Knicks have won five of their last six and are now looking for a season-high fifth straight win after taking down the 76ers by 102-92 on Saturday. Amare Stoudemire led the scoring with a super efficient outing of 21 points on eight of 10 shooting, while Carmelo Anthony contributed with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, but the real game changer was JR Smith who returned from a one-game benching to score 11 of his 14 points in the game turning second quarter where the Knicks outscored the 76ers by 32-12. With the fourth straight win, New York improve to 14-22 overall and 8-10 on the road.
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Meanwhile, the Suns were on a hot streak of their own, but have come off the boil with three losses in their last four outings. They would like to cap off their five-game road trip with a win after losing to the Grizzlies and the Pistons in consecutive nights. Channing Frye made five three pointers and scored 21 points to lead six players finishing in double digits in scoring, but the Suns will still be shaking their hands after the Pistons' Josh Smith banked in a running layup to win the game. With the loss, Phoenix drops to 21-15 overall and 9-10 on the road.
In ATS trends, the Suns are 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a loss and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 road games, while the Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win and 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the Suns are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four meetings and the Over is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in New York.
This will be the first time these two teams meet this season and the edge has to go with the Knicks who seemed to have turned their horror season around. I didn't think I'd be saying this a week ago, but the Knicks are one of the hottest teams in the league so there's no real reason why they shouldn't be able to win and cover at home against the Suns tonight.