New York Knicks (20-32 SU, 21-31 ATS)
The New York Knicks stand at 20-32 this morning and should be a longshot to make the playoffs but in the Eastern Conference anything is possible. That's because there is a steep drop off in talent once you get beyond the top four seeds (Indiana, Miami, Chicago and Toronto). The Knicks are still a viable candidate for a postseason berth, only 2 ½ games behind the Bobcats for the eighth and final playoff spot.
While the season has been bleak for the Knickerbockers the play of their star team co-captain Carmelo Anthony has been anything but. 'Melo has been tearing through the opposition this season averaging 27.3 points and boasting a career high 8.6 rebounds per game. He didn't skip a beat in the All-Star game when he set an All-Star game record draining eight three-pointers en route to a total of 30 points on the night. That wasn't the only record that Carmelo broke this year as he also claimed title to a Knicks franchise single game scoring record on January 24th when he poured in 62 points and paved the way to a 125-96 thrashing of the Bobcats which made New York backers mighty glad they backed them as part of their NBA picks.
Memphis Grizzlies (29-23 SU, 24-27-1 ATS)
The Grizzlies have stuck with their New Year's resolutions by registering a 16-6 straight up mark (14-8 ATS in NBA odds) since the inception of 2014. In keeping with the spirit of winning Memphis has cultivated they reeled off two consecutive wins before the break, nipping the Wizards 92-89 but failing to cover as four-point home favorites in NBA odds and then notched an 86-81 win and cover over the Magic in Orlando.
The good times should get even better for Memphis as they welcome back their star point guard Mike Conley who has been shelved since January with an ankle injury. However, the status of their big man in the middle Marc Gasol is still questionable as he tweaked the same knee that sidelined him for 23 games this season against the Magic on Wednesday night. Gasol has reportedly rested the knee since the All-Star break but is questionable for tonight's game as of this writing. Yet, his absence did not deter the Grizzlies from topping the Knicks earlier this season when Gasol was in the midst of his injury and Zac Randolph stepped up and drilled New York for 25 points en route to a 95-87 victory as three-point road dogs in NBA odds.
Free NBA Pick:
As of this writing lines on this game are as scarce as restraint at a buffet full of fat guys. However, one offshore bookmaker who has dabbled his toe in the NBA gambling waters has assigned New York as a two-point road favorite which I find curious at best. Outside of Carmelo Anthony the Knicks have been lackadaisical and almost disinterested recently.
The statistics will tell you that the Grizzlies have done it with defense this season, currently ranked 3rd in the NBA allowing only 94.5 points per game while the Knicks don't do much of anything very well. Of course Carmelo Anthony can be a game changer all by himself but I don't see him able to overcome a home team that is in fact simply the better team.
The Grizzlies got the job done last time without Gasol and now they have the benefit of home court advantage. Don't be afraid to back the Grizzlies here in your NBA picks.
Play Memphis +2 (as of this writing) in your NBA picks at Bet365.com.