Thu, Mar 10, 3:46am by Kevin Pitstock
Game: NBA Memphis Grizzlies vs. New York Knicks
Date/Time: Thursday, March 10, 2011 1:00pm AEST
The Memphis Grizzlies will be hosting the New York Knicks at the FedEx Arena in Memphis, Tennessee. The Grizzlies enter with a 35-29 overall record for the season and are 21-9 on the home court. The Knicks are 33-29 and 15-16 on the road.
New York has won seven of their last ten games and are winners of 2 in a row. Memphis also has won seven of their last ten games and sports their own 2 game win streak. Let’s preview the teams and then check the odds courtesy of Iasbet to make our free pick for your bet.
Zach Randolph leads this team in scoring and rebounding. He averages 20.2 points per game and wipes the glass to the tune of 12.8 boards per game. Marc Gasol currently fires in 52% of his shots and he blocks 1.6 shots per game. Mike Conley dictates the floor with 6.6 assists per game handed out along with his 1.7 steals per game.
The Grizzlies average 100 points per game and defensively they give up 98.2 points per game to the opponents. Rebounding they are dead even at grabbing 41.1 boards per game and allow the same to the other teams. Field goal shooting finds then as the 9th best in the league at 46.6% while canning 75% from the free throw line.
New York Overview
The main cog in the offensive side of the Knicks is Amar’e Stoudemire. He leads the team in 5 of the six categories. Stoudemire averages 26.3 points per game and hauls down over 8 rebounds per game. He dishes over 3 assists per game and blocks 2.1 shots per game. Added to that he completes 51% of his field goals successfully. Toney Douglas leads in steals at 1.1 per game. Recently added to the roster via trade is All Star Carmelo Anthony and his 25 points per game average and the scoring and ball handling skills of Chauncey Billups.
The Knicks hold a +1 point scoring differential over their opponents as they score 106.5 points per game. One glaring weakness to the Knicks teams is they are consistently out rebounded by an average of 4 boards per game. They garner 40.9 boards per game. But on the plus side they are the 2nd best free throw shooting team in the NBA at 80.5% for the season.
Pick and Prediction
These teams are good teams but just under the cusp of being the very good teams. New York has added star power but they have not jelled yet to make a hard run at the top teams. Memphis is a more rounded team on offensive. Memphis plays well at home and New York is under .500 for the season on the road. Odds at Iasbet New York +4.5 has our free pick betting on the Knicks to cover.
Our Pick: New York +4.5 at Iasbet
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