While the New York Knicks continue to win, their potential opponent in the first round continues to match them victory for victory. Despite Trae Young still sitting on the sideline with a bum ankle, the Atlanta Hawks won again, this time wrecking Milwaukee in the fourth quarter to move two full games ahead of Boston for the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
As of Monday, the Hawks are just three wins away from surpassing their win total, and in the second half of the season they are 18-7 SU with a + 5.2 net rating. Personally, I power rate Atlanta higher than New York, but these two teams are on a collision course for a first round meeting in the postseason. How much fun is that thing going to be?
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*Indicates team is on the second leg of a back-to-back.
The Main Event
Memphis Grizzlies* at Denver Nuggets (-4.5, 228.5)
Memphis continued its run in April by sweeping a two-game set in Portland in dominant fashion, posting a + 5.9 net rating while averaging 1.185 points per possession on offense. The sweep extended the Grizzlies run to 9-5 SU/11-3 ATS this month, and they lead the league in offensive efficiency yet again (119.1) over that stretch. Today, they look to get revenge against a Denver team they lost to a week ago in double-overtime after leading by 12 points with less than four minutes to go in regulation.
It is a great opportunity for Memphis to get that revenge because its opponent could be extremely short-handed tonight. Monte Morris is still sidelined with a hamstring injury (as is Will Barton), and Aaron Gordon suffered a potential knee injury on Saturday against Houston. If that is the case the Nuggets will be in a really tough spot. According to Cleaning The Glass, Denver is outscored by 11.5 points per 100 possessions and it gives up 120.7 points per 100 possessions without Gordon, Barton and Murray. They give up 69.5% at the rim and 43.3% from the perimeter in those minutes. If it is just Jokic on the floor, will they be able to contain Memphis’ offense?