New York Knicks vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: Is This Knicks Run for Real?

New York Knicks vs Memphis Grizzlies prediction and pick for Friday's game. Handicapper Jonathan Macri breaks down the Knicks vs Grizzlies, plus the Suns vs. Raptors in his best picks for Friday's NBA games.
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New York Knicks vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: Is This Knicks Run for Real?

  • When: 8:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: NBA TV

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New York Knicks vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction

It's only fitting that arguably the most frustrating team of the 2021-22 NBA season is giving us one last run for our money; aka, "How can the Knicks torture their fans one final time?"

That's almost how it feels after what is now three straight wins for the Knicks by an average of 23 points. They've led two of those games by as many as 32 points, and they've had at least a double digit lead in nine of their last 10. Those leads never held until just recently, but it's enough to wonder if last year's Eastern Conference four-seed is finally waking up.

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Not that it'll be easy to keep the good times going. After a 30-point win in Dallas, the Knicks go from the frying pan into the fire and face the team with the best home net rating since December 1 and have just two home losses in 12 tries since the new year.

That being said, Memphis has been uneven of late, for them at least. They're 4-4 in their last eight games with losses to the Wolves, Rocket and Blazers. Their only quality win in the last month and a half is arguably in Chicago a few weeks ago. They can be beaten by the right team on the right night.

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That team may not be the Knicks, but with this line being as large as it is, New York doesn't need to. They have the institutional memory of beating the Grizzlies twice last year, and played them tough in the Garden earlier this season. The Knicks are playing far better now than they were back then, so this one should be close. Take the points on the road.

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Phoenix Suns vs Toronto Raptors Prediction

  • When: 9:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: League Pass

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Phoenix Suns vs Toronto Raptors Prediction

We thought that maybe, just maybe, with a stretch of games in which they were missing both Chris Paul and Devin Booker, the Suns would show some vulnerability.

Nope. The Suns won three of four games without either guy, beating the Blazers and Knicks at home and the Magic on the road while losing a close one in Milwaukee. Then, in Booker's return game, Phoenix went into Miami and beat the best team in the East (albeit one missing Jimmy Butler) by 21.

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In come the Raptors, who are 4-7 in their last 11 games with the 24th ranked net rating in that time. Their biggest issue is offense, as they've only been putting up 107.3 points per 100 possessions in this stretch of games. OG Anunoby remains out, which thins out a starting five that had really found a nice groove in the middle of the season.

Against the Suns, this is all a recipe for disaster. This spread belittles what Phoenix has been able to accomplish without CP3, and it should be taken advantage of accordingly. Gi

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