NBA: Suns return home, shoot for 6th consecutive win
It has been almost four years since the last time the Phoenix Suns won six consecutive games, but that can change tonight when the surprise team of the NBA hosts the New York Knicks.
Phoenix (43-29) has gone 7-2 since the return of Eric Bledsoe to the rotation as he has excelled in the past four games, scoring at least 20 points in each contest.
In the last matchup between these two teams the Suns lost 98-96 in overtime at Madison Square Gardens and were without Bledsoe. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 29 points and 16 rebounds.
The Suns have sole possession of 8th place in the West after Dallas lost last night and can move up to the 7th seed with a win and a little help from Golden State who plays the Grizzlies tonight. Phoenix defeated the Wizards to complete a perfect three-game road trip on Wednesday with Bledsoe scoring 23 points and grabbing six rebounds with Goran Dragic helping out with 25 points, seven rebounds, and six assists of his own.
The Knicks (30-42) comes in just 1.5 games behind the Hawks for 8th in the East with 10 games to play. New York defeated Sacramento 107-99 on Wednesday behind 36 points from Carmelo and J.R. Smith’s nine 3-pointers.
Prediction: Suns 108 Knicks 101
It won’t be a case of “shutting down” Melo, it will be a case of limiting him. He will score 20+ points on the Suns tonight because that is quite frankly what the man does. He is averaging 28.2ppg this season and it’s for a reason. He is one of the most prolific scorers in the league, right up there with Kevin Durant and LeBron James. If the Suns can keep him under 30 points and can get out to a fast start in the beginning of each of the two halves, they will be able to set the tone that this is their game to win.