This Tuesday, February 18th, the Grizzlies will play host to the world-famous Knicks in Memphis, see the odds here. These two teams are seen to boast several strengths and these talents should indeed make for an interesting match. So without further ado, let us take a quick look at what we can expect to see from each team.
The Knicks: The Best Defence is a Good Offence
When many analysts rate the Knicks, they will first note the truly impressive offensive firepower that the team will bring onto the court. While Carmelo Anthony may draw the most attention, we should not forget the likes of Andrea Bargnani and Amar’e Stoudemire. Anthony lead the entire league in points scored while Bargnani is talented in tight areas deep within the opposition’s territory. Still, the Knicks will have to focus on teamwork as opposed to isolating any one member. As was seen last season, this had caused the defence of the opposing teams to focus on Anthony alone; rendering much of this strong offence rather ineffective.
Mutual respect is also one of the most pronounced strengths that the Knicks will bring to the table. Solid players such as Felton, Smith, Anthony and Chandler should be able to capitalise on this continuity when facing the Grizzlies; a team that had made it into the Conference Finals in 2013. The Knicks need to bring together their offence if they ever expect to thwart the strong defence that the Memphis Grizzlies are known for. Should they accomplish this, many feel that the Knicks will walk away as the victors this Tuesday.
The Grizzlies: All About Defence?
One factor that will make this upcoming game interesting is that the Grizzlies have what may be considered the best defence in the league. This led them to the Conference Finals and although they were quickly swept off of the court, they have learned from their mistakes. Should their defence prove to be as strong as it was in the 2013 season, the Knicks will certainly have a lot on their hands.
Although one criticism of the Grizzlies was that their offence was thought to be lackluster and even fragmented, the team has apparently addressed these issues. So, what many had thought to be their most pronounced weakness may suddenly turn into a strength. The Knicks should keep this in mind and if they fail in teamwork skills, they could find themselves on the end of a losing game.
Finally, the grizzlies have acquired a host of new players. Rookie Jamall Franklin is known for his aggressive ability to attack the opposing team while wing Mike Miller is one of the best shooters in the game. The real question revolves around whether or not this new talent can be seamlessly integrated into the team when facing such a force as the New York Knicks.
Ultimately, the main variables have less to do with past wins or losses and more to do with as to whether each team can fully capitalise on the talents that certainly exist in their lineups. With the Grizzlies still smarting from a Conference loss and as the Knicks can brag that they may have the best offence in the entire NBA, it will be interesting to see which team emerges victorious.