Phoenix Suns (6-24) at New York Knicks (9-22)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks -1.5 -- Over/Under: 218 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks meet Monday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Phoenix Suns have a chance to win three straight games for the first time since March of 2017. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 102.3 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 112.7 points on 48 percent shooting. Devin Booker is averaging 23.8 points and 6.8 assists while TJ Warren is averaging 18.1 points and four rebounds. Deandre Ayton is the third double-digit scorer and Josh Jackson is dishing 2.2 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.4 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost their last five road games.
The New York Knicks could use a feel good victory after losing eight of their last 10 games. The New York Knicks are averaging 108.9 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 115.2 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 21.1 points and 2.9 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 15 points and 11.4 rebounds. Emmanuel Mudiay is the third double-digit scorer and Trey Burke is dishing three assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost seven of their last nine home games.
The Suns are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Suns are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in New York and 9-4-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The under is 8-3 in Suns last 11 overall. The over is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 overall.
Laying chalk with the New York Knicks doesn't seem ideal, but backing the Phoenix Suns seems like an even worse option. Yes, the Suns have won two straight and have a chance to win three straight for the first time in forever, but they're also being outscored by nearly 16 points on the road this season. The Knicks play decent basketball at home and have been on the wrong side of some tough losses. Against the worst team in the league, I'll lay the small chalk.