New York Knicks (22-15) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (14-23)
New York Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies 1/13/24 – As the New York Knicks and the Memphis Grizzlies gear up for their showdown on January 13, 2024, the eyes of top handicapper selections are locked in on what promises to be an electrifying matchup. The Knicks, with their impressive 22-15 record, are set to take on the Grizzlies, who currently stand at 14-23, at the FedExForum. This game, scheduled for 8:00 PM ET, will be broadcasted on BSSE, marking a pivotal moment in the season for both teams.
The Knicks have enjoyed an exceptional run over their last five games, winning all 5-0 both against the spread and overall. Their road game record of 12-10 against the spread showcases an excellent showing away from home; but surprisingly none of their recent wins saw an over-goal total occur- indicating strong defense rather than high scoring. Of their last 15 home games however, 6 of those saw overs go over as evidence of more aggressive offense.
Conversely, the Grizzlies display inconsistent results. Although they boast a respectable record of 4-1 over their last five games against the spread, their performance against it has been less consistent; with only two out of their last five road games going OVER against the spread while four have gone over altogether; suggesting an occasional tendency towards higher-scoring matches.
New York Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies 1/13/24 Game Info
|Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET
|NBA League Pass
Jalen Brunson (PG) vs. Desmond Bane (SG)
Jalen Brunson has had an exceptional season as the Knicks point guard, playing all 37 games while averaging 25.6 points per game and dishing out an impressive 6.4 assists per game, boasting an outstanding 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio and posting 25.6 points on average per game. Yet his 2.3 turnovers per game could prove an issue against an opponent such as Memphis with their powerful defense.
Desmond Bane, the Grizzlies’ shooting guard, closely mirrors Brunson in terms of impact. Averaging 24.7 points over 36 games played, Bane provides slightly better rebounding (4.7 per game) but lacks in playmaking (1.9 assist-to-turnover ratio). His strength lies in scoring ability and defensive contributions (0.6 blocks per game); however his turnovers (2.8 per game) could become an issue.
Brunson and Bane will provide one of the game’s marquee matches. Their respective playmaking vs. scoring efficiency capabilities will likely decide the course and outcome of this battle royale.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds for this game are currently TBD. Based on recent performances and trends, it would be reasonable to expect a close spread, with the Knicks potentially favored due to their better overall record and recent form.
New York Knicks Betting Trends
The Knicks’ recent success, including their unbeaten streak in their last five games, makes them an attractive pick against the spread. Their ability to exceed expectations on the road further adds to their attractiveness as an investment opportunity; however, due to low scoring in recent games they should be approached with caution when betting OVER totals.
Memphis Grizzlies Betting Trends
The Grizzlies present an additional complex betting scenario. Their near-even record against the spread over their last five games and slightly better road record suggest they might cover the spread when acting as underdogs, especially on road. A number of their recent matches have gone over, suggesting these could be high-scoring affairs.
New York Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies 1/13/24 Betting Picks
Given their current form and trends, my final verdict suggests the Knicks as being the safer bet, particularly against the spread. Their consistent play and strong defense make them an easy pick – however don’t underestimate Memphis’ potential to shock odds at home either!
When it comes to choosing between the two, the Knicks seem to be the better pick, given their current momentum and solid road performance. Prop bets could focus on individual performances, particularly of Brunson and Bane. The over/under might be trickier, but considering the Knicks’ recent defensive strength, betting UNDER might be a wise choice. With all these NBA game insights in mind, the game seems poised to be a close, hard-fought contest.
Free Pick and Prediction: New York Knicks 104, Memphis Grizzlies 98.