New York Knicks (11-9) vs. Brooklyn Nets (14-6), 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
• Brooklyn’s James Harden (7.5 points per game) and Kevin Durant (5.1 points per game) rank first and third in single scores, respectively, according to play-type data Synergy. Julius Randle is New York’s main iso threat, averaging 4.0 points per game (10th in the NBA).
• Patty Mills of Brooklyn ranks first in the NBA for the percentage of effective field goal on catch-and-shoot field goals (71.9%) and second in the NBA for the percentage of effective field goal on the field goal pull-up (56.9%), with a minimum of 50 shooting attempts on each type.
• The Knicks (-2.1) and Nets (-1.7) rank first and second in field goal percentage spread so far this season. New York maintains its opponents at 42.7% shots, or 2.1 percentage points less than the overall field goal percentage of their opponents (44.9%) over the season. Brooklyn keeps their opponents 42.6% shooting, 1.7 percentage points lower than their opponents’ usual percentage (44.3%). Overall, the Nets and Knicks rank second and third, respectively, in defensive basket percentage.
• Brooklyn has excelled at defending the 3-point line as opponents shoot just 30.7% over the arc against the Nets compared to their collective standard of 34.3% for a 3-point differential. , 5 at the top of the league. The Knicks are 17th in 3-point defensive percentage (34.5%) after leading the league a season ago (33.8%).
• Brooklyn enters the game last in the NBA for points in the paint (39.0 points per game), and the New York defense ranks third in allowing the fewest points in the paint (41.5 points per game) per game). The Knicks keep their opponents 58.7 percent of shots within six feet, which is the sixth lowest allowed percentage in the league.
Golden State Warriors (18-2) at the Phoenix Suns (17-3), 10 p.m. ET, TNT
• The Warriors are the only team in the NBA to place in the top five in offensive (113.0, 2nd) and defensive (99.4, 1st) efficiency. Golden State’s 13.6-point net score is 6.5 points higher than third-placed Phoenix (7.1).
• The Warriors have assisted 70.6% of their baskets so far this season. That’s on track to be the highest assist average since the 2003-04 New Jersey Nets (71.4%).
• The Suns (101.43) and Warriors (100.40) are respectively fourth and fifth in pace this season. However, the Warriors lead the NBA in quick points (17.2 points per game), while the Suns rank 16th (12.3 points per game). Defensively, the Suns allow the ninth-fastest break points in the league (12.9 ppg), while the Warriors allow the sixth minus (10.9 ppg).
• The Suns are 8-1 in clutch-time games, with Devin Booker and Chris Paul in the lead. Booker has 30 clutch points (11th in the NBA) on 11-15 shots from the field (73.3%), 3-5 of 3 points (60%), but only 5-12 (41.7%) in free throw line. Paul has 29 clutch points (T-12th) on 6-9 (66.7%) shots from the field, 1-2 (50%) at 3 points and 16-17 (94.1%) from the free throw line. Stephen Curry is Golden State’s top clutch scorer (12 points in seven games), but hasn’t shot well in those situations; 4-18 (22.2%) from the field, 2-12 (16.7%) from the 3-point lineup and 2-2 from the free throw line.
• Golden State’s Stephen Curry (8.7 points per game, 70.5% eFG) and Jordan Poole (6.5 points per game, 54.6% eFG) rank 1st and 10th respectively in points per game on the catch-and-shoots. Of the 134 players with at least 50 field goal and shooting attempts this season, Curry’s effective percentage of 70.5 field goals ranks fourth in the league, but second in his family (Seth Curry , 2e, 70.9 eFG%).
• Devin Booker (10.3 ppg, 47.9 eFG%), Stephen Curry (9.9 ppg, 55.3 eFG%) and Chris Paul (8.9 ppg, 53.3 eFG%) are respectively ranked 4th, 6th and 10th in points per game on the pull-up shots. Of the 102 players with at least 50 field goal attempts this season, Curry’s effective percentage of 55.3 field goals ranks fifth in the league, while Paul ranks 11th and Booker ranks 37th. .