Check out our free Mavericks 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.
Mavericks vs Grizzlies NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies
- Where: Memphis at FedExForum
- Date: Monday, March 20th
- Betting Odds DAL -1.5, DAL -102 | MEM -120 O/U OFF
So far, the Mavericks have put together an overall record of 36-35, while going 27-42-2 vs the spread. Dallas will be going for their 3 straight win in today’s game as they have rattled off 2 straight wins.
The Mavericks are coming off a 111-110 win over the Lakers. This away win came despite entering the game as the 3 point underdogs. The Mavericks made things more interesting than they hoped, as they gave back some of their 8 point halftime lead, by being outscored in the 2nd half. In the win, Kyrie Irving led the team in scoring with 38 points on a field goal percentage of 60.9%.
The Grizzlies come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 43-27. So far, the team has gone 33-35-2 against the spread. In today’s game, Memphis will look to extend their 2 game winning streak. Over this stretch, they have an average scoring margin of 10.0 points.
The Grizzlies are coming off a 133-119 win over the Warriors. This win came despite entering the game as the 1 point underdogs. Memphis was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Warriors to cut into their 12 point halftime lead. Leading the team in scoring was Jaren Jackson Jr., as he contributed 31 points while hitting 54.5% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Mavericks picked up the 137-96 win over the Grizzlies. The Mavericks point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 5.5 point favorite. So far this season, the Grizzlies have a record of 2-1 vs the Mavericks. Last year, the Mavericks saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Grizzlies, averaging 102.5 points per game. Like the Mavericks, the Grizzlies scored at a rate below their season average, finishing with 92.25 points per game vs Dallas. Over the last 5 head to head meetings, the Mavericks have averaged 109 points per game compared to 97 for Memphis. This has led to an ATS record of 4-1 for Dallas. The over-under record in these same games is 1-4, with the teams combining for an average of 206 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Mavericks come into today’s game as the 17th ranked scoring offense at 113.8 points per game. One area that the Dallas offense is finding success, is their ability to get to the free-throw line. So far, the team is averaging 19.4 made free-throws per contest. Dallas is a strong candidate to see their overall offensive numbers improve, as not only are they a good outside shooting unit, but they do a good job taking care of the ball, ranking 2nd in fewest turnovers per game.
Against the Grizzlies, the Mavericks will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 2nd ranked unit at 104.72 points per game.
Right now there are question marks across the board heading into this game for the Mavericks as there is a chance they will be without their two leading scorers vs the Grizzlies. Before getting any money down on this game, be sure to check who is available, as Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving have a combined scoring average of 60.4 points per game. For the season, Doncic is 6th in the NBA in player efficiency and 1st in usage percentage. Through 57 games, he has a field goal percentage of 50.0%. If he is able to take the floor, he will be facing a defense that is 2nd in points allowed to point-guards.
Coming into today’s action, Memphis is averaging 116.1 points per contest. This figure places them 10th 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 11.7 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 8th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Against the Mavericks, 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.
Memphis will be counting Desmond Bane to put together a strong scoring performance vs the Dallas, as Ja Morant has been ruled out for today’s game. So far, Morant leads the team in scoring at 27.1 points per game. Bane is 2nd on the team at 21.2 points per contest, which sits 42.0th in the NBA. In his 48 games, he has hit 47.0% of his field goal attempts, and is grabbing 5.1 rebounds per game.
Mavericks vs Grizzlies Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Mavericks -1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF