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Grizzlies vs Celtics NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Memphis Grizzlies at Boston Celtics
- Where: Boston at TD Garden
- Date: Sunday, February 12th
- Betting Odds BOS -4, MEM +149 | BOS -180 O/U 229.5
The Grizzlies come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 34-21. So far, the team has gone 26-27-2 against the spread. Against the Celtics, the Grizzlies are going for their 3rd straight win, posting an average scoring margin of 18.0 points per game in this stretch.
The Grizzlies will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Timberwolves by a score of 128-107. Heading into the game, they were 6 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Memphis was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Timberwolves to cut into their 11 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was Ja Morant, as he contributed 32 points while hitting 56.5% of his shots.
The Celtics come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 40-16. So far, the team has gone 28-26-2 against the spread. In today’s game, Boston will look to extend their 3 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 10.0 points.
Going into their last game, the Celtics were 11 point favorites to beat the Hornets. However, the 127-116 win, resuled in an ATS push for each side. Boston was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Hornets to cut into their 18 point halftime lead. In the win, Jayson Tatum led the team in scoring with 41 points on a field goal percentage of 61.9%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent game between the two teams, the Celtics picked up a 109-106 win over the Grizzlies. However, heading into the game, Boston was favored to win by 3.5 points, giving the Grizzlies and ATS victory. This has been the only matchup between the two teams this season. Last year, the Grizzlies saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Celtics, averaging 108.5 points per game. As for Memphis, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 129.5 points per contest against the Celtics. The Celtics have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 12 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 4-1, with the teams combining for an average of 236 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
For the season, the Memphis offense is the 9th ranked unit in the NBA, at 116.2 points per contest. So far, Memphis is averaging 101.3 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 4th team in made field goals per contest.
Defensively, the Grizzlies are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 109.93 points per contest (12th).
Point-Guard Ja Morant currently leads the Grizzlies at 27.5 points per game. For the season, he is 6th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.5% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Morant is averaging 5.9 boards and 8.3 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 16th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Dillon Brooks enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 50 games, he is averaging 14.9 and is 373rd in the league in player efficiency rating.
Through 56 games, Boston is the 4th best scoring team at 117.6 points per game. The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.8 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 18.4 made free-throws per game.
Against the Grizzlies, the Celtics will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 1st ranked unit at 104.48 points per game.
A key injury to note in this game is the absence of the Celtics 2nd leading scorer, Jaylen Brown. In his 48 games, Brown is averaging 26.5 points per game while dishing out 3.2 assists and grabbing 7.0 rebounds. In his absence, the team will be looking for even more production out of Jayson Tatum, who leads the team and is 6th in the NBA at 30.8 points per contest. For the season, he has connected on 46.5% of his field goal attempts while taking 24.4% of the team’s shots from the floor.
Grizzlies vs Celtics Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Celtics -4
- Free Total Prediction: Over 229.5