The New York Knicks (11-12) welcome the Memphis Grizzlies (8-15) to Madison Square Garden. The Grizzlies are 2.5-point underdogs and can end a five-game road losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 197 points and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Southeast at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Memphis Grizzlies at New York Knicks Betting Odds
In their last contest, the Knicks got blown out by the Indiana Pacers, 115-97, while the Grizzlies barely escaped the Minnesota Timberwolves, 95-92.
Memphis dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.292 (above their season average of 0.215) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.514 (above their season average of 0.504). For those same stats, Minnesota put up marks of 0.228 and 0.468, respectively. New York, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (28.8 vs. 20.0). Willy Hernangomez had a solid outing for New York with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Meanwhile, Memphis was led by Marc Gasol, who finished with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
New York should have an advantage on the offensive glass in this showdown. The Knicks rank third in offensive rebounding percentage (26.5 percent), while Memphis ranks 19th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.0 percent).
Of the Grizzlies’ 23 games, 15 have finished under the projected point total. Memphis comes into the game with records of 8-15 straight up (SU) and 8-14-1 against the spread (ATS).
Similarly to Memphis, Knicks games also have a tendency to finish under the O/U total (56.5 percent). Additionally, New York owns records of 11-12 SU and 13-10 ATS.
This was a highly competitive series last year, as the teams split their two games last season. The Grizzlies won the last contest 101-88. Memphis did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (10-12; 83.3 percent). New York, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (6.0 vs. 13.0). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. New York Knicks Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – Knicks, ATS Winner – Knicks, O/U – Under
The Grizzlies rank 20th in steals per game (7.3) while the Knicks rank 26th (6.7).
New York ranks third in second chance points per game (15.0) while Memphis ranks 29th (8.9).
The Knicks rank eighth in rebounds per game (45.0) while the Grizzlies rank 27th (39.3).
Memphis ranks 11th in three pointers allowed per game (28.0) while New York ranks 29th (33.2).
Memphis ranks fourth in assists allowed per game (20.1) while New York ranks 15th (22.7).
The Grizzlies rank first in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.7) while the Knicks rank 26th (19.5).
The Grizzlies rank sixth in blocks per game (5.5) while the Knicks rank 17th in blocks allowed per game (4.9).
New York ranks third in points allowed in the paint per game (39.9) while Memphis ranks eighth (41.7).
Memphis ranks fifth in fast break points per game (14.4) while New York ranks 28th (6.1).
New York is 5-0 when they hold opponents below 100 points, while Memphis is 6-3.
The Knicks are 11-5 when they reach the century mark, while the Grizzlies are 4-4.
New York is 11-4 ATS at home, while Memphis is 4-5-1 ATS on the road.
The total has gone over in 5 of the Grizzlies’ 10 road games, while 8 of the Knicks’ 15 home games have gone under.
The Grizzlies are 2-2-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Knicks are 2-3.
In their last five games, Memphis has 3 unders and 2 overs, while New York has 3 unders, 1 over and 1 push.
During their last five games, the Grizzlies have scored an average of 93.6 points per game (4.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 101.0 points per game (0.0 below their season average).
The Knicks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.2, up from 0.3 for the season.