New York Knicks vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 5/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Monday, May 3, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
The Memphis Grizzlies (31-30) play the New York Knicks (35-28) at FedExForum on Monday.
The New York Knicks faced the Chicago Bulls and earned the victory with a final of 113-94 in their last game. New York ended having earned a 46.2% field goal percentage (42 of 91) and buried 12 of their 27 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Knicks buried 17 of 19 attempts for a rate of 89.5%. In relation to hauling in boards, they earned 41 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 27 dimes in the game in addition to forcing 14 turnovers and having 10 steals. When it comes to defending, New York allowed 45.9% from the floor on 39 of 85 shooting. Chicago doled out 29 dimes and had 2 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Chicago grabbed 43 rebounds (7 offensive, 36 defensive) and had 9 blocked shots. Chicago finished the contest at 60.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 6 of their 10 tries. They knocked down 10 out of their 29 tries from 3-point range.
Julius Randle is a player who was important for this contest. He totaled 34 points on 12 out of 23 shooting. He played 36:11 mins played and pulled down 7 rebounds. Randle went 52.2% from the floor and dished out 3 dimes. Another guy that was a major factor in this contest for the Knicks was RJ Barrett. He pulled down 7 rebounds in his 41:33 min on the court. He finished the contest at 60.0% from the field for this game by connecting on 9-of-15 (22 points). Overall, Barrett earned 6 assists.
New York steps onto the hardwood with a record of 35-28 so far this year. The Knicks are shooting 38.7% on shots from 3-point land (725 of 1,874) and 77.9% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 107.0 points per game (26th in the NBA) while going 45.7% from the floor. They cough up possession 13.2 times per contest and as a squad are committing 20.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, New York is collecting 45.4 rebounds per contest and has racked up 1,346 assists on the year, which ranks 29th in basketball in terms of passing. When they are on the defensive end, the Knicks are able to force 12.7 turnovers per game and they draw 18.0 fouls. The Knicks are allowing a field goal percentage of 44.4% (2,396 of 5,401) and they concede 43.4 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 6th in basketball in allowing assists with 1,478 conceded so far this season. They are surrendering 33.8% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 1st in the league in PPG allowed (104.7).
In their last game, the Memphis Grizzlies took a loss by a score of 130-109 against the Portland Blazers. The Grizzlies were able to collect 36 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards for a total of 44 for the matchup. They also coughed up the ball 11 times, while getting 7 steals for the game. The Blazers were called for 20 personal fouls in the game which got the Grizzlies to the free throw line for a total of 30 tries. They were able to make 26 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 86.7%. Concerning shots from downtown, Memphis made 9 of their 32 tries (28.1%). When all was said and done, the Grizzlies shot 37 for 88 from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.0%. The Grizzlies permitted the Blazers to make 45 of their 92 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.9% in this matchup. They shot 37.5% from distance by shooting 15 of 40 and ended up shooting 25 of 28 from the free throw line (89.3%). In relation to team rebounding, Memphis allowed Portland to collect 51 in total (11 offensive).
Jonas Valanciunas ended up being a major contributor for the Grizzlies for this contest. He converted 8 of 13 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 61.5%, and had 6 rebounds. Valanciunas tallied 19 points in his 24:34 mins of playing time and tallied 1 assist in the matchup. An additional guy who came through for Memphis was Dillon Brooks. He ended up walking away with 1 assist in 21:30 minutes played, and he converted 6 out of 10 from the floor. Brooks ended the game having shot 60.0% from the field while collecting 18 points and 2 rebounds.
Memphis has a win-loss mark of 31-30 on the season. Memphis has accounted for 6,933 pts on the year (113.7 per game) and they snag 46.1 rebounds per game. The Grizzlies commit 19.0 fouls per game and they connect on 77.9% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Grizzlies are hitting on 46.8% from the field, which ranks 14th in the league. Their rate of earning assists is at 27.0 times per game (5th in basketball) and they turn the ball over 13.2 times per contest. The Grizzlies are ranked 19th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 113.0. They are able to force 15.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.6% from the field (15th in the league). The Memphis defense gives up 36.5% from downtown (791 of 2,166) and their opponents are converting on 78.6% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 25.7 dimes and 44.8 boards per contest, which is ranked 24th and 18th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Memphis
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