NEW YORK KNICKS (20-8)
at PHOENIX SUNS (11-17)
Tip-off: Wednesday, 9:05 p.m. ET
Line: New York -3, Total: 199
The Knicks head to Phoenix on Wednesday night trying to get back to their dominant form from the beginning of this season.
New York isn't playing as well as they did to start the season and is now coming off three losses (1-4 ATS) in the past five games. Luckily the Knicks have a chance to get back on track in Phoenix against a Suns team that has lost two straight and nine of 13. When these teams met earlier in the season, Phoenix covered the spread, but New York won 106-99.
Can the Knicks bounce-back from their Christmas Day loss and win one night later? For the answer, connect to NBA Best Bets for all the Expert picks throughout the entire 2012-13 season. The experts have sizzled since Saturday with a collective 12-4 ATS (75%) mark, including a perfect 6-0 ATS from StatFox Dave. The experts are 63% ATS (22-13) since Dec. 19 and are 52% ATS (166-153-10) on Best Bets for the season. StatFox Gary is 54.4% ATS (31-26-3) Best Bets for the year, while StatFox Scott is at 54% ATS (37-32) Best Bets for the season and StatFox Brian is at 52% ATS (41-38-3) after going 9-5 ATS (64%) since Dec. 14. For NBA Totals, Scott is 42-27 (61%) for the season.
The Knicks lost to the Lakers on Christmas Day, but there’s still no reason for the team to panic. SF Carmelo Anthony is on top of his game and the rest of the team is starting to get healthy. Anthony is averaging 28.5 PPG on the season (2nd in NBA) and 31.8 PPG in the four games he’s played since spraining his ankle. New York got back a healthy C Marcus Camby this week, which is great news considering its other backup big man, Rasheed Wallace, suffered a stress fracture in his left foot. SG J.R. Smith is also performing at a very high level for New York, scoring 25 points on 10-of-23 shooting against the Lakers and averaging 21.2 PPG over the past five games.
The Suns seemed like they were turning around their season with a four-game winning streak just a week ago, but now they have lost two straight. A bright spot for Phoenix is that C Marcin Gortat is starting to look like the Gortat of last season. He is averaging 12.0 PPG, 11.4 RPG and 2.4 BPG over the past five games while shooting 52% from the field. On the other hand, Goran Dragic must improve his play if the Suns are going to break their losing streak. Over the past two games, Dragic is shooting just 6-of-21 from the field, a poor percentage compared to his 45% field goal shooting on the season. SF Michael Beasley is questionable for Wednesday's game due to an illness.