It’s a quick edition of game notes today, but we should pay our respects to the New York Knicks' win streak. After ripping off nine consecutive wins and 13 straight covers, the Knickerbockers were felled by the Phoenix Suns on Monday night. Devin Booker dropped 33 points, but Chris Paul was the talk of the town with a ridiculous dagger in the waning minute that gave the Suns the win.
While we mourn the loss of that streak, we celebrate the Suns, who are now just one game behind the Utah Jazz for the top overall seed in the Western Conference. Phoenix has games against the Los Angeles Clippers and Jazz coming up, which means this week will be massive for those tracking the seeding race in the West.
Updated odds for every game can be found here.
Updated injury reports for every game can be found here.
*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back.
The Main Event
Dallas Mavericks* (-1, 227.5) at Golden State Warriors
Thanks to the new play-in tournament format, this game now holds a tremendous amount of weight. Golden State sits just 2.5 games behind Dallas for the sixth seed in the Western Conference, and the Mavericks are trying to solidify their standing outside of the play-in seeds. If Dallas wants to keep itself above that line, the Mavs will need to put together a better defensive effort than the ones bettors have seen recently.