The New York Knicks have the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Memphis Grizzlies are playing the best basketball of any team in the Western Conference. They meet Friday night.
New York Knicks @ Memphis Grizzlies – Friday, November 16
Sport betting line: no line
Why New York Will Win
Even an online horse betting guru or a college football betting expert would be able to cast a casual glance at the early-season NBA standings and conclude that the New York Knicks are doing really well. The Knicks are outperforming expectations, claiming the top record in the Eastern Conference after two weeks of play because their superstar is leading by example. Carmelo Anthony is digging deep at the defensive end of the floor, putting forth a maximum amount of energy instead of coasting so that he can save himself for the offensive end of the court. Anthony has been thought of – with justification, one should add – as a one-way player, a skilled scorer who doesn’t fully invest himself in the defensive dimensions of the sport. This year, however, Anthony is making it a point to become the best defender he can be. His teammates are seeing this and following Melo’s lead. The Knicks have bought into the points of emphasis that head coach Mike Woodson is selling. They are meshing on the floor, playing not just with confidence, but shared determination and focus. This is why the Knicks are winning; they’re a formidable offensive team, a team that has benefited a great deal from the addition of point guard Raymond Felton, who is breaking down defenses with the dribble and setting up Anthony and others for open perimeter shots off kickouts. Yet, while the Knicks are strong on offense, they’ve elevated their level of defense. They can beat Memphis in a clash of high-quality teams.
Why Memphis Will Win
When you size up the various teams in the NBA at this early point in the season, you would conclude that New York is playing better than any other team in the Eastern Conference. However, Memphis is the team that’s playing better than anyone else in the West. First of all, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, the two teams who were expected to duke it out for the West title, have struggled to a considerable extent in the first two weeks of the season. Online football betting students don’t pay too much attention to the NBA at this time of year, but even they know that the Lakers and Thunder do not belong in a discussion of the best teams in the West at this point in time.
The honors for “best in the West” should be split by the Memphis Grizzlies and the San Antonio Spurs. In determining which team has the better record, one should immediately point out that Memphis has already beaten the defending NBA champion Miami Heat by 18 points at home. The Grizzlies have also just finished off a road win over Oklahoma City. San Antonio has only one loss so far in the new season, but the Spurs don’t have Memphis’ portfolio of accomplishments. The Grizzlies are the hottest and, ultimately, the best team in the West at this moment. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph should be able to get a lot of work done in the paint against New York’s smaller frontline.
Who Will Win?
The sense here is that Memphis will win. New York is playing this game one night after a road game in San Antonio. The Spurs and Grizzlies might not sweep the Knicks, but the Grizzlies are in good position to take advantage of New York’s weary legs at home. Go with Memphis here.
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NBA Betting Pick: Memphis