The New York Knicks (22-16) travel to face off against the Memphis Grizzlies (14-24) on Saturday, January 13th. This game will be played at FedExForum in Memphis and televised on BSSE. Both the Knicks and Grizzlies will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Knicks vs Grizzlies
The Knicks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Knicks will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Mavericks with a final score of 128-124. Besides losing the game outright, the Knicks also fell short against the spread, failing to cover as -5 point favorites. The over/under line entering this matchup was 234.5 points, and both teams achieved a total score that exceeded that line.
As they get ready for today’s games, the Knicks are 22-16 overall and have gone 2-1 in their last three games. In the Eastern Conference, the Knicks are in 6th place and are 3rd in the Atlantic division.
New York is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 22-16. Currently, the Knicks are on a two game ATS win streak when they are underdogs, and they are 13-7 vs. the spread as favorites.
The Grizzlies Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Grizzlies conveyed a message to the Clippers with a score of 128-119. The Grizzlies picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 65-53.
Despite being heavy underdogs (+8.5), the Grizzlies are hoping to add to their 14-24 overall record with a win over the Knicks. In the Western Conference, the Grizzlies are in 13th place and are 4th in the Southwest division.
Memphis arrives with an ATS record of 16-22 for the season up to this point. In their last three road games, Memphis has successfully covered the spread, and they hold an ATS record of 12-9 on the road in contrast to 4-13 at home.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
The Knicks come into today’s game as the 14th ranked scoring offense at 115.9 points per game.
So far this season, the Knicks have been a below-average scoring team, ranking 14th in the NBA with 115.9 points per game. However, when playing on the road, they have increased their scoring to 116.7 points per game.
When it comes to their offensive style, the Knicks have been one of the more efficient three-point shooting teams in the league. They are currently 11th in the NBA in three-pointers made per game at 13.3. Overall, they are shooting 37% from beyond the arc.
One area where the Knicks have struggled is in terms of pace, as they are 27th in the NBA with an average of 97.1 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 21st in the league at 46%.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
This season, the Memphis offense is ranked 29th in the NBA in scoring at 108.4 points per game.
At home, the Grizzlies are averaging 105.2 points per game, which is 30th in the NBA. Overall, they are 29th in scoring at 108.4 points per game.
Memphis has been below the NBA scoring average in 73.7% of their games this season. However, they have outscored their season average in their last five games.
So far, the Grizzlies have made 13.4 three-pointers per game, which is 9th in the league. However, they are last in three-point shooting percentage at 34%.
Knicks Team Defense
On defense, the Knicks come into the game ranked 11th in the league in points allowed at 112.1 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 105.7 points per contest (16th). In the terms of takeaways, Knicks are causing 12.6 turnovers per game, ranking 11th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 29th in rejections, averaging 3.5 blocked shots each game.
Grizzlies Team Defense
So far, the Grizzlies’ defense is ranked 13th in the league at 113.6 points per contest. Memphis’ defense is currently forcing 13.8 turnovers per game, which is 21st in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 4th in blocked shots, with an average of 6.2 rejections per game.
Key Players For The Knicks And Grizzlies
In today’s game, our projections have Jalen Brunson leading the Knicks with 25 points on 9/18 shooting from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 25.8 points per game, along with 3.8 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Desmond Bane to be the top scorer for the Grizzlies. Our projection has him finishing the game with 23, and he is expected to secure 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 47.4% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 24.4 points per game.
Knicks vs Grizzlies Trends
- New York has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 124 points per game while allowing 108. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
- The Grizzlies are 3-2 ATS in their last home games and 3-2 straight-up.
- Memphis has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 3-2 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five games.
- As the betting favorite, the Knicks have an ATS record of 2-1 in their last three games. In these matchups, their straight up record was 2-1.
In this Knicks vs. Grizzlies matchup, our point-spread bet is on the Grizzlies at +8.5. While we project the Knicks to win 114-110, our recommendation is to bet on the Grizzlies for the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 222.5, and our model projects the Knicks and Grizzlies to reach a combined total of 224 points. Our bet is on taking the over.
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