There’s plenty of great NBA action Saturday night, we lock in on one of the hottest teams in The League, with the New York Knicks traveling to Memphis to play the Grizzlies. Memphis lost star Ja Morant for the season with a shoulder injury, but have won three of their last four. Meanwhile, the Knicks have been on a tear since trading for OG Anunoby, putting up big numbers on offense. Let’s make a winning parlay!
NBA Picks & Parlay of the Weekend | January 13
New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies Best Bet
The number here is pretty high and there are some interesting facts to consider. The Knicks are sixth in the Eastern Conference and 20-16-2 against the spread, but since the trade for Anunoby have gone 5-1 and have won those five games convincingly. They are coming off a loss to the Mavericks on Thursday, but have had a day of rest to travel.
Without Ja Morant, the Grizzlies don’t have that 1-A star to rely on, yet they’ve been able to piece together three wins in their last four games, but the bubble is about to pop. The NBA is about stars, and the Grizzlies don’t have one.
This is the first meeting of these teams this season. Memphis won both games last year, but Morant averaged 30 points in those two games. Where are they getting that production from?
I like the Knicks to cover. They’ll be focused after the loss to the Mavs.
New York Knicks total Best Bet
Admittedly, I’m riding this point total a little low, but we’re trying to win the parlay, remember?
DraftKings has it set up so you can do alternate point totals for each team. I’m comfortable with the Knicks scoring 110….probably more Memphis’ defense allows 113.6 a game, the Knicks average 115.9 a game. New York ranks eighth in three-point shooting.
Also, since the trade, the Knicks have averaged 118 points in the six games. Getting rid of RJ Barrett has led to more flow on offense. The Knicks have gone over 110 in every game since the deal.
I’m hedging some with a low number, but the Knicks will get you 110.
Jalen Brunson Alt Points
We will start by saying Brunson is listed as questionable with a bruise on his calf he got in the loss to Dallas. But this is a minor injury, and he’s played in every game this season, so right away, I’m going with Brunson playing…and playing well.
This has been another All-Star year for Brunson, who is averaging 25.8 a night and is shooting almost 43 percent from deep. In his last 10 games, he’s averaged 26.1 and he had 30 against the Mavs.
Also, look at what the Grizzlies have given up lately to star guards. The Clips Paul George had 37, Kyrie Irving of the Celtics had 33, and Devin Booker had 24 for the Suns, all against the Grizzlies.
Look for Brunson to have a big night. I like him over 25 points.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Darren Cooper has a fond appreciation for bayous, Mardi Gras beads and the sports betting industry. Darren has worked for multiple print and online publications since 1998, primarily as a sports columnist in the Northeast. He’s covered a Super Bowl (it was a blowout), the World Series (same) and the NBA Draft (man, those guys are tall). For the last few years he’s dug deep into the sports gambling industry as it exploded across America, learning how the legal sausage is made and how while all the sportsbooks look the same, they all have different identities and styles. He’s learned to always bet within his means -- and take the under. When not in front of his computer creating, Darren spends time with his three boys. He runs, reads and is always looking for the next big thing to write about.