Memphis Grizzlies vs New York Knicks Prediction, 4/9/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs New York Knicks
Date: Friday, April 9, 2021
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+1)
Madison Square Garden is the venue where and the New York Knicks (25-27) will take on the Memphis Grizzlies (26-23) on Friday. Memphis opens this game as 1-point dogs. The O/U is set at 213.5.
The Memphis Grizzlies stepped onto the hardwood against the Atlanta Hawks and notched a win by a score of 131-113 in their last game. Memphis wrapped up the contest with a 53.9% field goal percentage (48 out of 89) and converted 17 of their 40 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the free throw line, the Grizzlies buried 18 of their 21 shots for a rate of 85.7%. When talking about getting rebounds, they collected a total of 54 with 11 of them being offensive. They also doled out 30 dimes for this game as well as forcing the other team into 7 turnovers and having 5 steals. Regarding defense, Memphis allowed their opponent to shoot 44.6% from the field on 45 of 101 shooting. Atlanta earned 26 assists and had 5 steals in the matchup. Additionally, Atlanta pulled down 42 rebounds (11 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Atlanta finished the game shooting 86.7% when shooting free throws by making 13 of their 15 attempts. They also made 10 out of their 28 tries from beyond the arc.
Grayson Allen is a player who played a role for this game. He ended up scoring 30 points on 10 of 18 shooting. He played 30:29 mins played and also snagged 4 boards. Allen shot 55.6% from the field and also earned 3 assists. Another guy that was a major contributor in this game for the Grizzlies was Ja Morant. He totaled 7 rebounds in his 31:18 minutes played on the night. He ended up shooting 61.5% from the field for the matchup by going 8-of-13 (19 points). Overall, Morant accounted for 7 assists.
Memphis comes into this one with a mark of 26-23 so far this year. They are averaging 112.5 pts per game (15th in the league) while hitting 46.6% from the floor. The Grizzlies are connecting on 35.6% on shots from downtown (537 of 1,507) and 78.2% from the free throw line. As a team, Memphis is pulling in 46.3 rebounds per contest and has totaled 1,313 assists so far this season, which has them ranked 10th in basketball in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.5 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 18.5 personal fouls per game. When they are on defense, the Grizzlies have forced 15.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.2 personal fouls. They rank 13th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,243 conceded this year. The Grizzlies defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 46.6% (760 of 891) and they concede 43.9 rebounds per game as a team. They are giving up 36.6% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 12th in the league in PPG allowed (111.1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the New York Knicks went home defeated by a final of 101-99 against the Boston Celtics. The Knicks collected 34 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for this contest. They also coughed up the ball 14 times, while getting 7 steals for the game. The Celtics had 14 fouls for this game which took the Knicks to the charity stripe for 16 tries. They were able to make 13 of them for a rate of 81.3%. Concerning three-point shots, New York converted 16 of 33 tries (48.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Knicks finished the game shooting 35 out of 84 from the field which had them shooting 41.7%. The Knicks allowed the Celtics to knock down 36 out of 86 attempts from the field which left them shooting 41.9% in this contest. They shot 37.5% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 15 out of 40 and finished the game at 14 out of 20 at the charity stripe (70.0%). In relation to how they attacked the glass, New York allowed Boston to collect 53 in all (16 on the offensive side).
RJ Barrett ended up having an impact for the Knicks for this game. He buried 10 out of 14 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 71.4%, and added 5 rebounds. Barrett racked up 29 points in his 35:33 minutes on the court and had 2 assists for the contest. Someone else that ended up playing a role for New York was Julius Randle. He finished with 6 assists in 36:48 minutes on the court, and he shot 9 of 23 from the floor. Randle ended the game having shot 39.1% from the field while also totaling 22 points and 9 total rebounds.
New York has a mark of 25-27 on the season. New York has scored 5,453 points this season (104.9 per game) and they collect 45.5 rebounds per game. The Knicks are responsible for committing 20.7 personal fouls every game and they go 76.6% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Knicks are hitting on 45.1% from the floor, which is ranked 22nd in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 21.1 times per contest (29th in the league) and they are giving up possession 13.5 times per game. The Knicks are ranked 1st in basketball in PPG allowed with 104.1. The New York defense allows 33.6% on 3-pointers (623 of 1,855) and their opposition knocks down 75.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 22.8 dimes and 43.9 boards on a nightly basis, ranking them 5th and 13th in the league. They have forced 12.7 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 44.1% from the floor (1st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Memphis (+1)
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