Knicks Try To Rebound At Phoenix Off Christmas Day Loss
By: Michael Robinson
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
New York Knicks at Phoenix Suns
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Date: 12/26/2012 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: New York -3½, O/U 199
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New York Knicks: New York (20-8 straight-up, 15-13 against the spread) only trails Miami in the Eastern Conference but has shown some chinks in the armor lately at 2-3 SU in its last five. The team is also just 1-5 ATS in its last six. The latest setback was 100-94 as 4-point ‘dogs at the Lakers on Christmas Day despite getting 34 points from Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks have seen their scoring decrease over the last five games at 98 points per game with the "under" going 4-1. They are ranked sixth in the NBA for the season at 102.3 ppg. Point guard Raymond Felton has shot just 36.4 percent from the field (32-of-88) the last five games and is listed as questionable on the NBA injury report with an ongoing finger issue. Anthony has also been dealing with his own knee injury and has been downgraded to expected to miss this game.
Phoenix Suns: The Suns (11-17 SU, 11-16-1 ATS) have lost two in a row (1-1 ATS) after winning their previous four (4-0 ATS). The latest was a 103-77 blowout home loss to the Clippers on Sunday. That went well "under" the 195½-point total, and the "under" is 6-1 in the team's last seven games. The Suns could be without Michael Beasley (10.5 ppg), who is questionable with an illness. However, this is a balanced offensive attack that ranks 12th in the NBA (97.3 ppg) with five other players all averaging double digits. New York and Phoenix met in the Big Apple back on Dec. 2 with Anthony scoring 34 for the Knicks in a 106-99 victory. The Suns did cover the spread as large 11½-point underdogs, and they are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings between the teams.
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