Check out our free Pacers 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.
Pacers vs Grizzlies NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies
- Where: Memphis at FedExForum
- Date: Sunday, January 29th
- Betting Odds MEM -9, IND +296 | MEM -385 O/U OFF
So far, the Pacers have put together an overall record of 24-27, while going 27-23-1 vs the spread. The Pacers head into today’s action in the midst of a 2 game losing streak. This has come while posting an average scoring margin of -8.0.
Indiana is trying to bounce back from a 141-131 loss to the Bucks. Going into this game, the team was 6 point underdogs on the spread, giving them an ATS loss. Indiana got off to a slow start, trailing by 29 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Myles Turner, as he contributed 24 points while hitting 50.0% of his shots.
So far, the Grizzlies have put together an overall record of 31-18, while going 23-24-2 vs the spread. Against the Pacers, the Grizzlies are looking to break out of a 5 game losing streak. These defeats have come on an average scoring differential of -9.8 points per contest.
The Grizzlies are coming off a dissappointing 111-100 loss to the Timberwolves. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 1 points. In the defeat, Memphis did not outscore the Timberwolves in a single quarter. In the loss, Ja Morant led the team in scoring with 27 points on a field goal percentage of 47.6%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Pacers saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Grizzlies, averaging 102.5 points per game. As for Indiana, they actually improved their points per game numbers in head-to-head matchups, averaging 134.0 points per contest against the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies 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 11 points per game. In these contests, they averaged a combined 243 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Heading into play, the Pacers offense is rated 10th in the league in scoring, averaging 115.4 points per contest. When looking at the Pacers pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 100.9. Despite this up-tempo style of basketball, the unit is still a below average group in made fields goals per contest, averaging just 41.2 made shots per game.
Currently, the Pacers defense is ranked 26th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 114.94 points per game vs the unit.
Shooting Guard Buddy Hield currently leads the Pacers at 17.7 points per game. For the season, he is 131st in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 15.4% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Hield is averaging 4.9 boards and 2.7 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 11th ranked defense at defending shooting guards. Bennedict Mathurin enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 51 games, he is averaging 17.7 and is 177th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Through 49 games, Memphis is the 7th best scoring team at 116.8 points per game. For the season, the Grizzlies have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 4th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Even though the unit has one of the lower effective field goal percentages in the NBA at 53.0%. Their up-tempo style of play has given them enough opportunites to make up for their poor shooting numbers.
Against the Pacers, 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.
Point-Guard Ja Morant currently leads the Grizzlies at 27.3 points per game. For the season, he is 6th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 22.4% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Morant is averaging 5.6 boards and 8.1 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 25th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Dillon Brooks enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 45 games, he is averaging 15.8 and is 338th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Pacers vs Grizzlies Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Pacers +9
- Free Total Prediction: Under OFF