The injury-riddled Memphis Grizzlies take their shorthanded team filled with “ten-days” and “two-ways “to New York for a battle with the Knicks. Can the Grizzlies do the unthinkable and upset one of the hottest teams in the NBA on the road without any starters and only a few rotation players? Find out in our Memphis Grizzlies vs. New York Knicks prediction and matchup preview below!
Memphis Grizzlies Vs. New York Knicks Prediction
How this line isn’t around 15.5 to 17.5 points is beyond me. This Memphis Grizzlies team is missing virtually every starter and rotation player, with Ja Morant, Marcus Smart, Desmond Bane, Jaren Jackson Jr, Brandon Clarke, Victor Oladipo (they just traded Steven Adams), Xavier Tillman, Jake LaRavia, and Ziaire Williams all sidelined.
Further, Santi Aldama, Vince Williams Jr., and Derrick Rose are questionable, meaning that one or two of them may also be ruled out.
This leaves Memphis with players like Jacob Gilyard (two-way), David Roddy, Trey Jemison (ten-day), Scotty Pippen Jr (two-way), Luke Kennard, G.G. Jackson (two-way), Matthew Hurt (ten-day), and Tosan Evbuomwan (two-way.)
Keeping an eye on the injury report is key in this spot because a player like Vince Williams Jr could move the needle; if he plays, we need to reassess where the line is, but if he cannot play, we will hammer the Knicks against the spread.
Simply put, Memphis has no self-creators healthy right now, and with Jaren Jackson Jr. seemingly sidelined for this bout, it is extremely challenging to see the Grizzlies even sniffing 100 points against this Knicks team that has the lowest defensive rating of any team in the NBA over their past 18 games.
New York might be without Julius Randle and O.G. Anunoby, but enough talent is left on the floor, including Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo, and Josh Hart, to put up plenty of points. Brunson also has a significant size advantage (words you won’t hear often) over Gilyard, who stands at 5-foot-9.
Brunson should be in for a massive offensive night; he has averaged just shy of 35 points, seven assists, and five rebounds in his past four home games. Imagine what he will do to this shorthanded (putting it kindly) Grizzlies team.
Memphis Grizzlies Vs. New York Knicks Prediction: Knicks -13 (-110)
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Memphis Grizzlies Vs. New York Knicks Best Odds
With well over half of their roster listed as out due to various injuries, the Memphis Grizzlies are massive 13.5-point road dogs on Tuesday night. Memphis has Moneyline odds of +700 to secure one of the biggest upsets of the 2023-24 regular season, while the Knicks are -1100 to win the game outright. The point total for this matchup holds steady at 216 points, indicating a lower-scoring affair. This line makes sense, considering the Grizzlies have had issues getting to 100 points with their available players.
Memphis Grizzlies Starting Lineup
New York Knicks Starting Lineup
Memphis Grizzlies Vs. New York Knicks Injuries
Once again, the Memphis Grizzlies have a laundry list of injuries, including Victor Oladipo, Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Marcus Smart, Brandon Clarke, Jake LaRavia, Jaren Jackson Jr., Xavier Tillman, and Ziaire Williams.
Those players are all listed as “out.” However, there are even more players who are questionable for this game against the Knicks, including Vince Williams Jr., Derrick Rose, Santi Aldama, and John Konchar. Memphis is flirting with not being able to put a team out on the floor at this point.
The New York Knicks will also miss a few key players, including Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson, their starting two frontcourt players, and Quentin Grimes and O.G. Anunoby.