NBA Predictions: New York Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies

New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies
Friday, 11/16/12, 9:30 PM EST, TV:  ESPN
Opening Point Spread:  Memphis -6
Current Betting Line:  Memphis -5.5
Opening Total:  191
Current Total:  193
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The New York Knicks may fall flat after picking up a come-from-behind victory over the San Antonio Spurs last night

New York has won and covered the spread in all six of its games during the 2012-13 NBA regular season, including a 104-100 victory over the San Antonio Spurs as 5.5-point road underdogs last night.  “It shows me this team is for real,” commented Knicks coach Mike Woodson.  The Knicks pulled off a come-from-behind win over the Spurs by finishing the game on a 27-11 run.  New York is 16-5 ATS as a road underdog of 3.5 to 6 points over the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 13-8 in that situation, which is important to consider when making your pro basketball picks against the spread on Friday night.

The Knicks suffered a 94-83 setback in their only game against the Grizzlies last year as 4.5-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the posted total of 192.5 for the first time in the last five meetings.  New York has been red hot from the perimeter in the early going this season, as it leads the NBA in averaging 11.8 three-pointers per game.  The franchise knocked down 11 of 25 tries from beyond the arc against the Spurs.

Memphis has rattled off six wins in a row since suffering a season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, which includes a 107-97 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder as 5.5-point road underdogs.  “The Thunder are one of the best teams in the West,” commented Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph.  “We’re trying to get where they’re at.”  He is averaging 16.7 points and a league-high 14.0 rebounds, while shooting guard Rudy Gay leads the team in scoring 20.7 points per game.  Memphis is 23-8 ATS off an upset win as an underdog since 2010, which is important to consider when looking over the pro basketball odds for this non-conference affair.

The Grizzlies own the highest point differential in the Western Conference, trailing only tonight’s opponent in that category amongst NBA teams.  Memphis enters with a franchise-record regular season home winning streak of 14 games, which fits nicely with its 51-34 ATS record at the FedExForum since 2010.

Sports bettors will likely back the Grizzlies as one of their NBA picks against the spread, as the favorite has gone 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings in this series.

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