Check out our free Jazz vs Grizzlies pick and preview for this NBA game in Memphis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.

Jazz vs Grizzlies NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies
  • Where: Memphis at FedExForum
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds MEM -7, UTA +240 | MEM -305 O/U 236.5

So far, the Jazz have put together an overall record of 20-22, while going 21-19-2 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 1-2 vs the spread.

The Jazz are coming off a disappointing 126-118 loss to the Bulls. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 2 points. Utah was not able to turn things around in the 2nd half, as they trailed the Bulls by 8 going into halftime. In the loss, Lauri Markkanen led the team in scoring with 28 points on a field goal percentage of 60.0%.

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So far, the Grizzlies have put together an overall record of 25-13, while going 20-16-2 vs the spread. Against the Jazz, the Grizzlies are looking to add to their current 5 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 14.0.

In their previous game, the Grizzlies took down the Magic by a score of 123-115. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 6 point favorites. Memphis played well enough in the second half to prevent the Magic from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 22 going into halftime. In the win, Ja Morant led the team in scoring with 32 points on a field goal percentage of 61.9%.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Jazz averaged 116.0 points per game vs the Grizzlies. Just like the Jazz, the Grizzlies maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 117.67 points per game vs Utah. Through the last 5 head-to-head matchups, neither team has gotten a leg up on the spread, each sitting at 2-2-1. In addition, the games have been competitive with an average of just 2 points per game separating the teams. In these matchups, the teams have put together an over-under mark of 4-1. Combined, they averaged 234 points in these games.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

For the season, the Utah offense is the 3rd ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.5 points per contest. The Jazz come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 14.6 made 3’s per game. If the Utah offense is going to continue to produce at a high level, they will need to do a better job taking care of the ball as they are turning the ball over at an above-average rate.

Defensively, the Jazz are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.57 points per contest (10th).

This season, the Jazz offense has primarily worked through Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 39 games, Markkanen is 21st in the NBA at 24.6 points per game. So far, him and Clarkson have accounted for 36% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 45.1 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jordan Clarkson is grabbing 3.9 rebounds for Utah to go along with 4.5 assists.

Memphis will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 116.1 points per game (9th). Coming into today’s game, the Grizzlies will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.3 made 3’s per game. If the Memphis offense is going to turn things around, not only do they need to improve their outside shooting but they must do a better job protecting the ball. Currently, they are averaging 13.7 turnovers per game.

Against the Jazz, the Grizzlies will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 12th ranked unit at 109.93 points per game.

One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Ja Morant, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Morant leads the team in scoring at 27.2 points per game while Brooks is 2nd at 17.1. For the season, Morant is 5th in the NBA in usage rate and 19th in player efficiency. Behind him, Brooks has taken 16.8% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 40.9%.

Jazz vs Grizzlies Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Grizzlies -7
  • Free Total Prediction: Under 236.5

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