Memphis Grizzlies (26-23) at New York Knicks (25-27)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +1.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks meet Friday in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.
The Memphis Grizzlies look for a win after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 112.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 111.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 18.8 points and 7.4 assists while Dillon Brooks is averaging 16.3 points and 2.9 rebounds. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Anderson is grabbing 5.9 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 35.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.3 rebounds per game.
The New York Knicks need a win after losing five of their last six games. The New York Knicks are averaging 104.9 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 104.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Julius Randle is averaging 22.9 points and six assists while RJ Barrett is averaging 17.5 points and 5.9 rebounds. Alec Burks is the third double-digit scorer and Immanuel Quickley is dishing 2.2 assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game.
The Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games as a favorite. The Knicks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Friday games and 18-8-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The over is 7-3 in Grizzlies last 10 overall. The under is 9-3 in Knicks last 12 overall. The Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in New York and 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
The Memphis Grizzlies are probably the better team here and are starting to play consistent basketball, but how many times are we going to get the Knicks in the underdog role and see them cover numbers? The Knicks don't win much, but they continue to cover the spread, and they're allowing just 42.3 percent shooting from the field in their last five games. Win or lose, the Knicks are going to compete and give you a chance to make money. Give me the Knicks and the free bucket.