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Grizzlies vs 76ers NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Memphis Grizzlies at Philadelphia 76ers
- Where: Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center
- Date: Thursday, February 23rd
- Betting Odds PHI -4, MEM +144 | PHI -173 O/U 229.5
So far, the Grizzlies have put together an overall record of 35-22, while going 26-29-2 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 2-1 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.
The Grizzlies are coming off a 117-111 win over the Jazz. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 11 point favorites. Memphis benefited from holding a substantial first half lead, as the Jazz actually outscored the Grizzlies in the second half. Leading the team in scoring was Jaren Jackson Jr., as he contributed 26 points while hitting 42.1% of his shots.
So far, the 76ers have put together an overall record of 38-19, while going 33-23-1 vs the spread. The 76ers entered today’s game having picked up 4 straight wins. This has come on an average scoring differential of 9.75 points per game.
The 76ers will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Cavaliers by a score of 118-112. Heading into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Philadelphia benefited from holding a substantial first half lead, as the Cavaliers actually outscored the 76ers in the second half. In the win, Joel Embiid led the team in scoring with 29 points on a field goal percentage of 42.9%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Grizzlies picked up the 117-109 win over the 76ers. The Grizzlies point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 5.0 point favorite. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Grizzlies averaged 122.5 points per game vs Philadelphia, which was an increase over their season-long average. While the Grizzlies saw a boost in scoring, the 76ers averaged 106.5 points per contest in head-to-head meeting vs Memphis. This figure was similar to season-long average. The ATS record across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings is 3-1-1 in favor of the Grizzlies. In these matchups, Memphis has averaged 116 points per game, while allowing 105. The over-under record in these same games is 3-2, with the teams combining for an average of 221 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Memphis is averaging 116.1 points per contest. This figure places them 9th in the league. In terms of pace, the Grizzlies are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.2 possessions per game. Although the team is playing at an up-tempo speed, they would benefit from scoring with more efficiency, as they are just 19th in the league in overall field goal percentage, at 53.1%.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Grizzlies are giving up an average of 109.93 points per game, good for 12th in the NBA.
Point-Guard Ja Morant currently leads the Grizzlies at 27.3 points per game. For the season, he is 6th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.6% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Morant is averaging 6.0 boards and 8.3 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 1st ranked defense at defending point-guards. Dillon Brooks enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 52 games, he is averaging 14.8 and is 381st in the league in player efficiency rating.
This season, the Philadelphia offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 114.4 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the 76ers are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 97.5 per contest. Even though the 76ers are one of the more efficient 3-point shooting teams in the NBA at 38.4%, their slower-style of play may be holding back the team’s offense from fully taking off.
Against the Grizzlies, the 76ers will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 8th ranked unit at 107.33 points per game.
Center Joel Embiid currently leads the 76ers at 33.1 points per game. For the season, he is 5th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 24.4% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Embiid is averaging 10.2 boards and 4.1 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 7th ranked defense at defending centers. James Harden enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 41 games, he is averaging 21.4 and is 33rd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Grizzlies vs 76ers Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Grizzlies +4
- Free Total Prediction: Under 229.5