The Memphis Grizzlies remain one of the hottest teams in the league. Even though they saw their three-game winning streak snapped in Philadelphia in their latest outing, they’ve still won 16 of their last 20.
They have fared much better than the New York Knicks of late. Even though they are coming off a huge win over the Sacramento Kings, the Knicks have lost six of their last eight games.
Will this be the time the Knicks finally get back-to-back wins again? Or will the Grizzlies quickly push them away?
- Game: Memphis Grizzlies at New York Knicks
- Location: Madison Square Garden, New York
- Day/Time: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET
- Television: ESPN
Memphis Grizzlies at New York Knicks
Memphis is an incredibly young team that doesn’t play with any fear these days. That has helped the Grizzlies get on such a hot streak. Plus, the leadership of Ja Morant has been impressive to keep tabs on.
However, much of their team success has been centered around their offensive dominance. They are the fourth-highest scoring team in the league, with Morant leading the charge.
He averages 26.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.8 assists for Memphis. Desmond Bane has also been a wonderful surprise. In just his second season, Bane stepped into a starting role and has thrived, averaging 18.1 points.
He has also picked up the slack that Dillon Brooks left behind after being out the last few weeks with an injury.
The Grizzlies are one of the most exciting teams to watch in the league, and Morant has proved this season that nobody should take them lightly.
Knicks: Bigger Issues Than Scoring
Despite adding Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier to their roster during the offseason, the Knicks offense remains toward the bottom of the league in terms of points scored per game.
To be exact, they are ranked 27th in the league, ahead of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the two teams with the worst record in the NBA.
The chemistry just hasn’t been right with Walker and Fournier, and Derrick Rose hasn’t played in weeks due to injury. Julius Randle was heavily expected to be that guy again this season, but he just hasn’t performed well.
Randle averages 18.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 5.0 assists, which isn’t bad, but he’s not playing like the All-Star he was last season. And he’s shooting just 41.4 percent from the field and 30.7 percent from behind the arc.
On top of that, Knicks fans were upset about Randle giving them a thumbs down during a game and rumors started to spread about him getting traded at the deadline.
New York has a lot of issues on its plate right now and they’re not going to go away until this offense finds some form of consistency.
Grizzlies Narrow Favorites
Memphis has been far better throughout the last month. Plus, its offense is on the complete other end of the spectrum in a positive way.
Even though New York won its last game, the Knicks just don’t match up with the Grizzlies at the moment and are likely to lose by at least three points.
The over-under is set at 218½ and the under looks enticing. Even with the Grizzlies’ fourth-ranked offense, the Knicks being ranked so low really kills the chances of this going over. Six of New York’s last seven games have gone under that total as well.