New York Knicks (11-9) at Brooklyn Nets (14-6), 7:30 p.m. ET, TNT
• Brooklyn’s James Harden (7.5 ppg) and Kevin Durant (5.1 ppg) rank first and third, respectively, in isolation scoring, according to Synergy play type data. Julius Randle is New York’s top iso threat, averaging 4.0 ppg (10th in NBA).
• Brooklyn’s Patty Mills ranks first in the NBA in effective field goal percentage on catch-and-shoot field goals (71.9%) and second in the NBA in effective field goal percentage on pull-up field goals (56.9%), with a minimum of 50 shot attempts on each type.
• The Knicks (-2.1) and Nets (-1.7) rank first and second in field goal percentage differential so far this season. New York holds its opponents to 42.7% shooting, which is 2.1 percentage points lower than their opponents’ overall field goal percentage (44.9%) on the season. Brooklyn holds its opponents to 42.6% shooting, which is 1.7 percentage points lower than their opponents’ usual percentage (44.3%). Overall, the Nets and Knicks rank second and third, respectively, in defensive field goal percentage.
• Brooklyn has excelled in defending the 3-point line as opponents are shooting just 30.7% from beyond the arc against the Nets compared to their collective standard of 34.3% for a league-leading 3.5 differential. The Knicks rank 17th in defensive 3-point percentage (34.5%) after leading the league a season ago (33.8%).
• Brooklyn enters the game ranked last in the NBA in points in the paint (39.0 ppg), and New York’s defense ranks third in allowing the fewest points in the paint (41.5 ppg). The Knicks hold their opponents to 58.7% shooting inside six feet, which is the sixth-lowest percentage allowed in the league.
Golden State Warriors (18-2) at Phoenix Suns (17-3), 10:00 p.m. ET, TNT
• The Warriors are the only team in the NBA to rank in the top five in both offensive efficiency (113.0, 2nd) and defensive efficiency (99.4, 1st). Golden State’s 13.6 net rating is 6.5 points higher than third-ranked Phoenix (7.1).
• The Warriors are assisting on a league-high 70.6% of their baskets so far this season. That is on pace to be the highest assist average since the 2003-04 New Jersey Nets (71.4%).
• The Suns (101.43) and Warriors (100.40) rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in pace so far this season. However, the Warriors lead the NBA in fast-break points (17.2 ppg), while the Suns rank 16th (12.3 ppg). Defensively, the Suns allow the ninth-most fast break points in the league (12.9 ppg), while the Warriors allow the sixth-fewest (10.9 ppg).
• The Suns are 8-1 in games featuring clutch time, with Devin Booker and Chris Paul leading the way. Booker has 30 clutch points (11th in NBA) on 11-15 shooting from the field (73.3%), 3-5 from 3-point range (60%), but just 5-12 (41.7%) at the free-throw line. Paul has 29 clutch points (T-12th) on 6-9 (66.7%) shooting from the field, 1-2 (50%) from 3-point range and 16-17 (94.1%) from the free-throw line. Stephen Curry is Golden State’s leading clutch scorer (12 points in seven games), but has not shot well in these situations; 4-18 (22.2%) from the field, 2-12 (16.7%) from 3-point range and 2-2 from the free-throw line.
• Golden State’s Stephen Curry (8.7 ppg, 70.5 eFG%) and Jordan Poole (6.5 ppg, 54.6 eFG%) rank 1st and 10th, respectively, in points per game on catch-and-shoots. Of the 134 players with at least 50 catch-and-shoot field goal attempts on the season, Curry’s 70.5 effective field goal percentage ranks fourth in the league, but second in his family (Seth Curry, 2nd, 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%) rank 4th, 6th and 10th, respectively, in points per game on pull-up shots. Of the 102 players with at least 50 pull-up field goal attempts on the season, Curry’s 55.3 effective field goal percentage ranks fifth in the league, while Paul ranks 11th and Booker ranks 37th.