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Phoenix Suns at New York Knicks odds, picks and best bets -

16th January, 16:14

The Phoenix Suns (16-24) pay a visit to the New York Knicks (11-30) Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET. We analyze the Suns-Knicks sports betting odds and lines, with NBA betting advice and tips around the matchup.

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NBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full set of today's betting odds. Odds last updated at 10:15 a.m. ET.

Suns 122, Knicks 110

The SUNS (-154) are heavy road favorites against the potentially undermanned Knicks (+125). Phoenix is 5-5 across its last 10 games but coming off a 123-110 road loss to the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday. They're 7-10 on the road for the season. New York is 4-6 over its last 10 games and just 6-13 at MSG for the season. It's coming off a 128-102 road loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday and has lost six of its last seven games.

The Knicks would offer adequate value if all five of the players mentioned above are able to suit up, but even if they are, they're unlikely to be at full health. The Suns are already the vastly superior offensive team (113.1 points per game to 104.8 for the Knicks) and they'll be able to fill the stat sheet against a Knicks team giving up 113.2 PPG and without some of its top defenders.

The SUNS (-3.5, -106) are getting much more profitable odds to win by just 4 points on the road. They claimed a 120-112 victory over the Knicks in Phoenix Jan. 3.

Phoenix is 20-19-1 against the spread overall and 10-7 on the road. The Knicks are 20-21-0 ATS overall and 9-10 at MSG. All but one of the Knicks' last 11 losses was decided by a margin of at least 4 points.

Take the OVER 226.5 (-106) with the Knicks' depleted roster opening the doors for an offensive explosion for the Suns. We should need 110 points or so from the Knicks to reach this projected total, and it's a number they topped in two of their last three games.

Esten's NBA betting record: 143-113

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