At 7:30 ET, the Memphis Grizzlies will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the New York Knicks. The Knicks are favored by 13.5 points over the Grizzlies. The over/under line for the game is 213 points at most NY sportsbooks.
Memphis comes into the game having lost five straight and is currently 13th in the Western Conference with an 18-32 record. New York is 4th in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Atlantic Division at 32-18.
Memphis Grizzlies Preview
As 13.5-point underdogs, the Grizzlies are looking to snap a five-game losing streak. This season, they have been the underdog in 37 of their 50 games and have gone 12-25 straight-up and 18-19 against the spread.
Memphis’ most recent game was a 131-91 loss to the Celtics. They were 19.5-point underdogs in that game and are now 23-27 ATS for the season.
The average scoring line for the Grizzlies’ games this year is 220 points, which is higher than today’s O/U line of 213. So far, their over/under record is 20-29-1.
Overall, Memphis is 18-32 and currently 13th in the Western Conference. Against the West, they are 12-23 and 6-6 against other teams in the Southwest Division.
In their games on the road, the Grizzlies are 15-12 ATS compared to 8-15 ATS at home. Their straight-up road record is 13-14, with an average scoring differential of -5.1 points per game.
Heading into their matchup against the Knicks, the Grizzlies are one of the worst scoring teams in the NBA, averaging just 106.9 points per game (30th). They have actually been slightly better on the road, averaging 109.1 points per game.
So far this season, the Grizzlies have outscored the NBA scoring average in just 22% of their games. They have also struggled to shoot the ball, ranking 30th in field goal percentage (43%). From two-point range, they are shooting 51% (29th).
One area where the Grizzlies have excelled is three-point shooting, ranking 9th in made threes per game (13.5). However, they are just 29th in three-point shooting percentage (34%).
Currently, the Grizzlies’ defense holds the 13th rank in the NBA, allowing 113.1 points per game. So far this season, the Grizzlies’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 10th in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 22.7 times per game vs. Memphis.
New York Knicks Preview
Today, the Knicks are favored by 13.5 points against the Grizzlies. This season, they have been favored in 31 of their 50 games and have a record of 24-7 in those games. As the favorite, they have gone 21-10 against the spread, with an average scoring margin of +10.1 points per game.
In their last game, the Knicks lost to the Lakers by a score of 113-105. New York was favored by 2.5 points in that game, and the O/U line was 227.5. This loss dropped the Knicks to 32-18 overall, which is good for 4th place in the Eastern Conference.
New York’s O/U record for the season is 19-30-1, and their games have averaged 224.3 points per game. Today’s O/U line of 213 is lower than their season average of 226.2.
The Knicks are 31-19 against the spread this season, including an ATS record of 16-8 at home. However, they have failed to cover the spread in their last three home games. The team’s current winning streak against the spread on the road is also at three games.
Against Eastern Conference teams, the Knicks are 22-10 compared to 10-8 against the West. In the Atlantic Division, they are in 2nd place with a record of 6-3 against division opponents.
So far this season, the Knicks have been a below-average offensive team overall, ranking 15th in the league in scoring at 115 points per game. However, at home, they have been even worse, averaging just 114.2 points per game (21st).
In terms of pace, the Knicks are one of the slowest teams in the league, ranking 29th at just 96.2 possessions per game. Despite their slower pace, the Knicks are 13th in the league in three-point attempts at 35.5 per game.
When it comes to two-point shooting, the Knicks are 23rd in the league at 53%. Overall, they are 22nd in field goal percentage at 46%.
On defense, the Knicks come into the game ranked 2nd in the league in points allowed at 109.3 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 107 points per contest (10th). On two point field goal attempts, the Knicks’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 54.0% and allowing 35.7% from beyond the arc.
The Grizzlies and Knicks did not have any head-to-head matchups last season. But over the last three times playing each other, the Grizzlies have a record of 2-1. However, against the spread the Knicks went 2-1. The over/under record in these matchups was 2-1 on an average of 225 points per game. The last three times, the Grizzlies have matched up against the Knicks on the road, they are 2-1 vs. the spread.
How to Bet Knicks vs. Grizzlies in New York
When looking to get a point-spread pick down in this Grizzlies vs. Knicks game, our recommendation is to take the Grizzlies at +13.5. Despite our model showing the Knicks winning 113-112, we like Grizzlies as our point-spread pick. As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 213 and our model has the Grizzlies and Knicks finishing with a combined 225 points. Our pick is to take the over.
- SportsBettingNY ATS Prediction: Grizzlies +13.5
- SportsBettingNY OU Prediction: Over 213