3* NBA on TNT SMASH
New York vs. Memphis,
01/12/2012 20:00 EDT,
Score: 83 - 94
Point Spread: -4/-110 Memphis
3* NBA on TNT SMASH on Grizzlies -4
Motivated by 3 straight losses and further fueled by a 120-99 beating the last time it saw the Knicks, expect Memphis to play inspired basketball tonight.
Memphis is 15-4 ATS since the beginning of last season when checking into a game off 2 or more consecutive losses. It is also 12-0 ATS since the start of last season when checking in off 3 losses in its last 4 games. It has won by an average score of 99 to 90.7 in this situation.
The Grizzlies are also an impressive 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games as a favorite and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games as a home favorite of 4.5 points or less.
The Knicks are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog of 4.5 points or less, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games when playing without a day of rest.
The Knicks' road wins have come against some of the weakest teams in the league (Kings, Pistons, Wizards). They were blown out at Golden State and the LA Lakers, and I can't see them keeping this one within the number against a young, athletic and hungry Grizzlies squad.