WHO: Memphis Grizzlies vs. New York Knicks
WHERE: FedExForum — Memphis, TN
WHEN: 5:00 pm
HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Fox Sports Southeast, 92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
Memphis: Dillon Brooks (left knee sprain), Chandler Parsons (proper knee soreness)
New York: Courtney Lee (neck), Kristaps Porzingis (knee), Lance Thomas (knee)
Memphis: Mike Conley, Garrett Temple, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson Jr., Marc Gasol
New York: Emmanuel Mudiay, Tim Hardaway Jr., Mario Hezonja, Noah Vonleh, Enes Kanter
It was Monday November 27, 2017 and the Memphis Grizzlies determined to make an in season transfer to fireplace their head coach David Fizdale. The Grizzlies got here roaring out of the gate to begin the season, solely to lose Mike Conley 12 video games in. At 7-12, Chris Wallace determined it was time to maneuver on from Fizdale and JB Bickerstaff started his reign.
Here we’re at this time, Sunday November 25, 2018 and the Bickerstaff-led Grizzlies are set to tackle the New York Knicks coached by none aside from David Fizdale. The Grizzlies (12-6) are sitting atop the Western Conference standings (tied with the hated Los Angeles Clippers) whereas the Knicks (6-14) are 12th within the East, albeit with out Kristaps Porzingis.
The Knicks are a tragic Three-Eight on the highway whereas the Grizzlies are a stellar 7-1 contained in the Forum. New York is on a roll proper now nevertheless, defeated each the Pelicans and Celtics of their final two video games. The Grizzlies dropped a troublesome one on the highway to the Clippers and shall be trying to bounce again at residence. Expect the Knickerbockers to have a little bit extra motivation at this time as they give the impression of being to present Fizdale a revenge victory on Beale Street.
Enes Kanter is flat out terrible on protection and Marc Gasol, properly he’s fairly dang good on the offense factor. Kanter’s defensive score is 112, the worst of his profession whereas Gasol’s offensive score is 113. These two have confronted off 18 instances of their profession and Marc has dominated. 15 instances Marc has outscored Kanter within the sport with a mean rating of 17.7 factors to Kanter’s 10.Eight. Marc has additionally had extra blocks in 15 of the video games to a tune of two.Three blocks to .Three.
Gasol has bested Kanter on each ends of the ground virtually each time they’ve shared the courtroom. This is the matchup the Grizzlies might want to look to feed early and sometimes as Big Spain is enjoying a number of the finest basketball of his profession. I anticipate Gasol to play a little bit more durable at this time as properly…I’m wondering why?
- Feed Jaren Jackson Jr. early. The Grizzlies are infamous for sluggish begins on offense and taking their time discovering their offensive rhythm. The previous few video games the Grizzlies have discovered JJJ early on and he has offered a spark to the beginning lineup on the offensive finish in first quarters. The Grizz will want extra of the identical.
- Stay out of foul hassle. This goes for the complete crew. The final two video games the Grizzlies haven’t been capable of defend with out fouling, A LOT. Conley’s foul out was questionable at finest, however he and JJJ particularly can’t be in foul hassle and anticipate to win this sport. The Knicks are younger and energetic, so the Grizz might want to defend with self-discipline.
- Put them away early. This will not be a sport or crew that the Grizzlies need to let hold round. Memphis must put their foot on the gasoline early and destroy any hope New York could have of being on this sport. Let’s get Mike and Marc some fourth quarter relaxation at this time.
New York- 95
Conley– 23 pts Eight ast
Temple– 22 pts
Gasol- 17 pts 10 reb 5 ast
The Memphis Grizzlies are at present an Eight level favourite and I positively just like the Grizzlies to cowl. While the Knicks will look to snag a revenge win for Fizdale, Memphis is only a far superior crew to New York.
Memphis Grizzlies 98 New York Knicks 85
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