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Grizzlies vs Heat NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Memphis Grizzlies at Miami Heat
- Where: Miami at Miami-Dade Arena
- Date: Wednesday, March 15th
- Betting Odds MIA -4, MEM +147 | MIA -177 O/U 220.5
So far, the Grizzlies have put together an overall record of 41-26, while going 32-33-2 vs the spread. Memphis will be going for their 4 straight win in today’s game as they have rattled off 3 straight wins.
In their previous game, the Grizzlies took down the Mavericks by a score of 104-88. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 4 point favorites. Although Memphis trailed the Mavericks going into halftime, by the end of the 3rd quarter they had taken the lead. Leading the team in scoring was Desmond Bane, as he contributed 23 points while hitting 53.8% of his shots.
So far, the Heat have put together an overall record of 37-33, while going 25-43-2 vs the spread. Over the team’s past 3 games, Miami has an overall record of 2-1, including going 1-2 against the spread.
The Heat are coming off a 119-115 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 8 point favorites. Miami went on to win the game, despite trailing by 1 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Jimmy Butler, as he contributed 24 points while hitting 35.7% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Grizzlies picked up the win 101-93 win over the Heat. Heading into the game, Memphis was the 5.5 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. 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 Heat, averaging 104.0 points per game. While the Grizzlies struggled on offense in the series, the Heat maintained their usual level of scoring at 109.5 vs Memphis. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Grizzlies have an average scoring margin of +3 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 4-1. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 205 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Grizzlies offense is rated 11th in the league in scoring, averaging 115.6 points per contest. So far, Memphis is averaging 100.8 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 5th 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).
Without Ja Morant, Memphis will need Desmond Bane to step up and put together a strong scoring performance against the Miami today. This season, Morant leads the team in scoring with 27.1 points per game. Bane is the team’s 2nd leading scorer with 21.3 points per game, which places him 41.0th in the NBA. In his 45 games, he has hit 47.0% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 5.1 rebounds per game.
This season, the Miami offense has had their problems scoring the ball as they are a below average unit at 108.7 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Heat will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.7 made 3’s per game. If Miami continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 29th in the league in possessions per game.
Against the Grizzlies, the Heat will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 4th ranked unit at 105.57 points per game.
Center Bam Adebayo currently leads the Heat at 20.9 points per game. For the season, he is 73rd in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 17.8% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Adebayo is averaging 9.4 boards and 3.2 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 7th ranked defense at defending centers. Jimmy Butler enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 55 games, he is averaging 22.6 and is 15th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Grizzlies vs Heat Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Heat -4
- Free Total Prediction: Over 220.5