Grizzlies vs. Knicks NBA Picks: High Scoring Game At The Big Apple

Kevin Stott

Friday, February 5, 2016 1:54 PM GMT

Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks play host to Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and the warming Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night, get our free NBA pick inside.

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Final Score Prediction: Knicks 104 Grizzlies 103
NBA Pick: Over 197 
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

 

Memphis Grizzlies vs. New York Knicks
Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies (29-20 SU, 10-13 Away) head to The Big Apple to face Carmelo Anthony, Rookie Kristaps Porzingis and the host New York Knicks (23-28 SU, 14-10 Home) on Friday night at Madison Square Garden in an interesting inter-conference showdown and the second of two meetings between these two teams this Regular Season. NBA odds makers have opened the visiting Grizzlies up as 3-point favorites (-115, The Greek) with the game’s Total (Points) set at 197 (The Greek). The Money Line (Winner) odds see Memphis priced at -162 (Paddy Power) with the host Knicks lined at +135 on the takeback. The Memphis Grizzlies Team Total Points has been set at 100½ (Under -125, Sky Bet) with the New York Knicks Team Total Points at 97½ (Under -125, Sky Bet) while the 1st Half odds sees the Grizzlies open as 2½-point favorites (Winner).

 

New York Knicks
The New York Knicks (29-22-0 ATS, 14-2 ATS Home) and Head Coach Derek Fisher have been a moneymaker so far this season, thanks in large part to low expectations and a guy many loyal Knicks fans booed on NBA Draft night, Latvian stud Kristaps Porzingis, and with a Starting 5 which includes underrated C Robin Lopez star SF Carmelo Anthony (21.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.1 apg), SG Arron Afflalo, PG José Calderón along and the aforementioned, Porzingis at PF, this team is as good as it has been in awhile. But lately, the Knickerbockers have begun to swoon (3-7 SU L10) and in its last game, New York played the Pistons in Detroit on Thursday night (Pistons -5½, Ladbrokes), so, this will be the second night of back-to-backs for the Knicks who had to travel to Detroit and then back to New York City in the span of 48 hours. With Arizona product Derrick Williams is adding points off the Knickerbockers (125/1 to win Eastern Conference, bet365) Bench, this is a team that still may end up surprising and will be a tough 1st Round draw should they make the Postseason. Currently still in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, New York (#22 in NBA in with 99.2 ppg Scoring average) still has a lot of work to do and allowing 101.1 ppg and sitting 5 games under .500 in February when they have two players having wonderful seasons speaks volumes about the Culture and Expectations of this enigmatic Knicks team.

 

Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies (23-24-2 ATS, 10-12-1 ATS Away) have woken up and are currently in the Beale Street Blue and Gold midst of a 4-game Win Streak and have W8 of their L10 to move 5 games over .500 and into 5th place in the rugged Western Conference. And it has been the Usual Suspects who have led Memphis (80/1 to win NBA title, at Ladbrokes) and Head Coach Dave Joerger on this nice little run. The Grizzlies (97.7 AF-99.0 AA) key cogs, C Marc Gasol (16.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.9 apg), PF Zach Randolph (13.8 ppg, 8.0 rpg), SF Tony Allen (6.8 ppg, 4.8 apg, 1.64 spg), SG Courtney Lee (10.3) and PG Mike Conley (14.6 ppg, 6.1 apg) have all helped this almost expected yearly surge from Memphis—who defeated the Pelicans, 110-95 in New Orleans in its last game—but a look at last year’s scoring average for the Grizzlies starters reveals some regression pointwise at almost every position, thus the NBA’s 26th Scoring ranking (97.7 ppg). And that’s even with players like Mario Chalmers (10.5 pg) and vet Vince Carter coming in off the Bench—proof a commitment to playing great team Defense can only take a professional sports team so far. Injury-wise, Memphis SF Matt Barnes (Hamstring) is currently listed as Questionable for this game while PF Brandan Wright (mid-February return) and SG Jordan Adams (mid-March return) are both Out with Knee injuries.

 

Recent Relevant Series Trends, Logical Reasoning and Pick
That last meeting between these two teams less than a month ago on Jan. 16 in Memphis and saw the Grizzlies win, 103-95 as big man Gasol went off for 37 points as Memphis covered (Against The Spread) as 5½-point chalks—the Grizzlies have covered 3 straight in this series—with the game going Over the closing Total of 187½. In the L10 meetings in this series, Memphis is 6-4 ATS (7-3 SU) with the Total 7-2-1 (O/U) in those games with an average Halftime score of NYK 49.7, MEM 49.1 and with New York (10-4 Under on Fridays) outrebounding Memphis by an average of 41.1-34.9 per game over that 10-game span. Despite all those New York numbers, the Grizzlies have still found a way to win the majority of those L10 meetings and to cover ATS at a healthy enough (60%) clip. In the L3 meetings, Memphis has scored over 100 points while New York has been in the 80’s (105-83, 103-82, 103-95), but 9 of those 10 games were New York teams without the prolific Porzingis and with less Hope than the team possesses now, believe it or not. Memphis is 2-6 ATS its L8 games on the Road and 5-16 ATS its L21 games played on a Friday and in the L16 meetings in this series, the Over has been the call (12-4 ATS) and the Over is 10-1 ATS in the L11 Grizzlies games overall. So it seems the Over the safer NBA pick than a Side here with the Knicks capable of winning in this spot and recent history offering up a contrarian reality where Memphis has won by 22, 21 and 8 points in the L3 meetings. This one should be much closer and more competitive and the host Knicks actually need the game much more than does visiting Memphis.