Knicks Open Madison Square Garden Against Memphis
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
The online NBA betting community did not have high expectations for this year’s New York Knicks. Last season, the Knicks failed to make the playoffs (again) and finished the season with a cringe-inducing record of 32-50. So despite the change at the head coaching position, and a solid offseason, the expectations for this year’s Knicks were extremely low. So low in fact, that New York had one of the worst futures odds that bookmakers were handing out. And yet, despite of all this, the Knicks were still tasked with taking on the defending champions in their 2016 debut.
On opening night, New York was tasked with the daunting endeavor of traveling to Cleveland and attempting to spoil the Cavaliers celebratory night. On that night, LeBron James and crew were memorializing their historic championship run. On such a jubilant occasion the Knicks had little hope of upsetting the defending champs. The final score was 88-117, which is a clear reminder of the stark differences between the talents of these two teams.
Not a single online NBA betting expert truly expected the Knicks to upset the Cavs, especially not on their special night. But beginning the season 0-1 is never really a favorable situation, and the Knicks will have to make an extra effort to ensure that they don’t begin the season by going 0-2. In their next contest, the Knicks will be facing a team that isn’t as ferocious as the Cavaliers, the Memphis Grizzlies. Most basketball betting sites had the Grizzlies enter the season with more favorable odds than New York, but the Knicks will get a chance to prove they are the better team this Saturday.
On Saturday, October 29th, the New York Knicks will be hosting the Memphis Grizzlies at the Madison Square Garden. Fans looking to catch the contest can do so on cable if they live locally, online via NBA League Pass, and on the radio at ESPN NY 98.7. The opening tip will take place at 7:30 PM EST.
Unlike the Knicks, the Grizzlies began the season on a high note. On Wednesday night, Memphis was hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves at the FedExForum. The Grizzlies were coming in as the online NBA betting favorite for this contest, and Memphis did not disappoint the bookies. The final score of Wednesday’s contest was 102-98, which was closer than the Grizzlies would’ve wanted. This Saturday, Memphis will be hoping for a more defiant showing.
Since this will only be the second game both of these teams are playing, it’ll be hard to truly asses the matchup. Even so, the Grizzlies are averaging more points per game, as well as allotting fewer points per game than the Knicks. Will the Grizzlies be able to extend their win-streak to two games? Or will the Knicks fall to a loathsome 0-2?