The Memphis Grizzlies are the most pleasant surprise this season in the NBA as they are third in the Western Conference right after Phoenix and Golden State. The Knicks on the other hand, are having a disappointing season and it would be a miracle if they reach the playoffs this season.
Going into the season, no one really talked about the Memphis Grizzlies. But there, away from the spotlight, the Memphis Grizzlies put up a young team that is ready to steal the show this season. The Grizzlies went from being a young and promising team that might not even make it to the playoffs to a serious contender in only one year.
The Grizzlies are currently third in the Western Conference with a 44-22 record with only the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors ahead of them. They have won 9 of the last 13 games which brought them within a game behind the Warriors in the standings.
Many wonder how a team that is second youngest in the league with an average age of 24 with a third-year coach Taylor Jenkins, can make such a leap in such a short time.
The answer that first comes to mind is Ja Morant.
The Grizzlies drafted the point guard as the second overall pick at the 2019 NBA Draft out of Murray State. Many doubted his potential as he was coming from a small school but Morant made a name for himself right away and this season made his All-Star debut.
Morant is averaging 27.7 points per game which puts him 7th in the league and he also adds 6.6 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game.
The Grizzlies are the best rebounding team in the league with 49.3 rebounds per game and are ranked third with 114 points per game.
New York Knicks
The New york Knicks’ fans thought that better times for theit team has finally come as the Knicks made it to the playoffs last season for the first time after eight years.
The core of the team stayed together with addition of Kemba Walker and Evan Fournier. It seemed like the Knicks may go only in one direction but only few month later, Tom Thibodeau’s team is 12th in the Eastern Conference with a 26-38 record. Kemba Walker didn’t bond with the team and has recently agreed not to play by the end of the season while Derrick Rose has missed the last month with an injury.
The Knicks have lost 12 of the last 14 games and will probably miss even the play-in tournament this season. They are among the five-worst teams in the league with 105.4 points per game on 43.4% shooting from the field.
Our tip for the Memphis Grizzlies vs. New York Knicks game
The Memphis Grizzlies are 22-10 at home this season and have lost only twice at home in 2022. Ja Morant is averaging 33.8 points in the last 10 games which makes him absolutely unstoppabel for any team especially for the Knicks who have many issuses in the backcourt.
Jaren Jackson Jr. has establisged himself as a great defender and is in the conversation for the Defensive Player of the Yaer award. Desmond Bane out of nowhere became one of the best three-point shooters in the league and has a higher shooting percentage even than Steph Curry.
The Knicks on the other hand are in a free fall mode with only RJ Barrett playing consistently well. The third-year forward out of Duke is averaging 19 points per game and without support from his teammates, cannot carry the team on his shoulders.
The Grizzlies have won 5 of the last 7 games against the Knicks and lead the all-time series 19-7. This game will be an easy task for the Grizzlies who will win with double-digit differential and go over 120 points.
Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies to win