The NBA betting action goes on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 with nine games around the league, including this interconference showdown at Madison Square Garden in New York City, so we bring you the best Grizzlies vs. Knicks betting pick along with the latest odds update on DraftKings Sportsbook.
New York defeated Memphis the last two times these teams have met, including a 118-104 victory back in May of last year. Steven Adams is listed as questionable for the Grizzlies and Dillon Brooks is out for this contest. Nerlens Noel is questionable for the Knicks and both Derrick Rose and Ryan Archidiacono are out.
OT Loss Ends Grizzlies Win Streak
The Memphis Grizzlies (35-18) saw their three-game winning streak come to an end when they lost in overtime to Philadelphia on Monday, 122-119. This is a team that has been on a roll since after Christmas, winning 11 straight games at one point and they are 16-4 in their last 20. The Grizzlies are 6-4 ATS in their last 10.
Ja Morant and Desmond Bane had big games against the 76ers. Morant scored 37 points and added five rebounds and five assists. Bane had 34 points and seven rebounds. Morant now leads the club at 26.4 points per game and he is averaging 6.0 rebounds and 6.8 assists per contest. Bane is third at 18.1 points per contest. The loss of Brooks is huge as he is second on the club at 18.4 points per game.
The Grizzlies have been an outstanding offensive club this season, fourth in the NBA in points per game at 112.1. This is not a great shooting team, but they take lots of shots, second overall in field-goal attempts per game (93.0). It has been an outstanding performance on the glass that has helped Memphis as they are first in offensive rebounds (13.5) and in total rebounds (48.3).
Knicks Dominate Kings
The New York Knicks (24-27) currently find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture, 11th in the Eastern conference. The team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 116-96 victory over Sacramento. The Knicks are 2-6 in their last eight games and are 6-4 ATS in their last 10.
Alec Burks led the way for the Knicks, coming off the bench to score 21 points and adding five rebounds. The team shot 50% from the field and hit 23 of 29 free-throw attempts. Six players scored in double-digits. The 21-point performance is helping Burks to maintain his presence off the bench, as he is averaging 11.2 points in 26.9 minutes per game.
New York is an outstanding defensive club, fifth in the NBA in points allowed per contest at 104.6. They have also been solid on the boards, sixth in offensive rebounds (11.0) and 10th in total rebounds (45.6).
- 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games.
- 4-0 ATS in their last four games on the road against the team with a losing record at home.
- 8-21 in their last 29 games when playing on one day’s rest.
- 1-7 ATS in their last eight games at home against a team with a winning record on the road.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. New York Knicks Pick
The spread has reached as high as 4.0, and it does not matter whether it is 3.5 or 4.0, Memphis is going to easily win this contest. While New York has been solid defensively, they simply cannot match the size and physical presence that the Grizzlies bring. Plus, Memphis is first in steals per game (10.2) and blocks (6.5). Those are key statistics that will limit the Knicks effectiveness in the Memphis zone.
Memphis has been solid on the road this season, going 16-9. New York is 13-14 at home and are 1-3 in their last four games at Madison Square Garden.
Pick: Take the Los Angeles Clippers at -3.5 (-110)
The total in six of the last seven games played by the Knicks has gone under 217. This is a team living off their strong defensive play while averaging just 104.1 points per game. The inability of New York to hit baskets is going to be a huge factor in keeping the total under for this contest.
New York has gone under in 10 of their last 14 games at home and have gone under in five of their last seven when playing on one day’s rest. Memphis has gone under in five of their last seven games against a team with a losing record. Look for a total around 212.
Pick: Go under 217.0 (-110)