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Grizzlies vs Pacers NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Memphis Grizzlies at Indiana Pacers
  • Where: Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds IND +8, MEM -337 | IND +263 O/U nan

The Grizzlies come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 28-13. So far, the team has gone 20-19-2 against the spread. Memphis has posted an average scoring differential of 11.12 points per game across their currrent 8 game win streak.

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Memphis is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Spurs. Going into the game, they were 13 point favorites against the spread. Their 135-129 victory was not enough to cover. Memphis benefited from holding a substantial first half lead, as the Spurs actually outscored the Grizzlies in the second half. Leading the team in scoring was Ja Morant, as he contributed 38 points while hitting 56.0% of his shots.

The Pacers come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 23-20. So far, the team has gone 26-16-1 against the spread. The Pacers head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. Their average scoring differential in these defeats is -4.0.

The Pacers will be looking to bounce back from a 113-111 loss to the Hawks. In terms of betting, Indiana entered as 4 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Indiana let an opportunity for a win slip away as they held a lead going into the 2nd half of action. Leading the team in scoring was Bennedict Mathurin, as he contributed 26 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

Last season, the Grizzlies and Pacers played 2 games against each other, with Memphis coming away with a win in each game. In game 1, they won by a score of 135-102, while adding a 135-133 victory in game 2. In last year’s head-to-head meetings, the Grizzlies averaged 134.0 points per game vs Indiana, which was an increase over their season-long average. However, the Pacers actually averaged fewer points per game than their season-long mark. Across their head-to-head matchups with Memphis, the team averaged 102.5 points per game. Across the last 5 matchups between the teams, Indiana has gone 3-2 vs the spread. However, the Grizzlies actually have a positive scoring margin in these games at +5 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 239 points per game, leading a 4-1 over-under record.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

Coming into today’s action, Memphis is averaging 116.8 points per contest. This figure places them 8th in the league. Coming into today’s game, the Grizzlies will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. Memphis appears to be a candidate to have some offensive regression as not only are they a below average outside shooting unit, but they are generating free-throws at a rate below the NBA average.

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.

Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Dillon Brooks who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 16.7 points per game. At the time of this article, Brooks is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 4th on the team in usage rate and is 309th in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Memphis benefit from having both of their top scorers as Ja Morant leads the team and is 11th in the league in scoring (27.6). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 25th in points allowed to point-guards.

Coming into today’s action, Indiana is averaging 115.5 points per contest. This figure places them 10th in the league. In terms of pace, the Pacers are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 100.5 possessions per game. So far, the team has been able to rank well on offense, even though their up-tempo style of play has not translated into inside scoring. Currently, Indiana is just 25th in 2-point field goal makes per game.

Against the Grizzlies, the Pacers will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 26th in points allowed.

Buddy Hield is expected to play a key role in Indiana’s scoring efforts against the Memphis today, as Tyrese Haliburton is unavailable. Haliburton is the team’s leading scorer this season with 20.2 points per game. Hield is 2nd in scoring for the team with 18.3 points per game, which ranks him 66.0th in the NBA. In his 43 games, he has hit 45.4% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 4.9 rebounds per game.

Grizzlies vs Pacers Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Pacers +8
  • Free Total Prediction: Over nan

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