- Offense: 1
- Defense: 11
- Overall: 2
- Offense: 16
- Defense: 26
- Overall: 25
Something’s gotta give:
A few loggerheads in the rankings to watch today:
- Neither team turns the ball over. Knicks turnover rate is, per usual, 1st. Suns rank 4th. If one team can take away the other’s strength here it should provide them a boost. In that regard the Knicks are 4th in opponent’s turnover rate and the Suns aren’t too bad either, at 13th.
- Pace. The Suns are fast (5th). The Knicks are slow (28th). Which team will impose its will on the other?
- The Knicks rank 3rd in eFG% (effective field goal percentage – FG% factoring in the added value of 3 pointers). The Suns seem to do an awful job of chasing teams off the 3 point line (28th in OppeFG%). If the Suns are going to cede the Knicks’ biggest strength – the Knicks take the largest percentage of their shots from deep of any team in the league (and the shots actually continue to fall) – it could mean another blowout win at the Garden.
Offense, defense and overall rankings are based on ORtg, DRtg, and John Hollinger’s Power Rankings, respectively. Hollinger’s method.
Source: NBA.com/stats; Espn.com