Check out our free Pelicans 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.
Pelicans vs Grizzlies NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis Grizzlies
- Where: Memphis at FedExForum
- Date: Saturday, December 31st
- Betting Odds MEM -5.5, NO +184 | MEM -230 O/U 232.5
The Pelicans come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 23-12. So far, the team has gone 19-16-0 against the spread. New Orleans has posted an average scoring differential of 8.8 points per game across their currrent 5 game win streak.
In their previous game, the Pelicans took down the 76ers by a score of 127-116. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 0 point favorites. In the game, New Orleans outscored their opponent in every quarter. In the win, CJ McCollum led the team in scoring with 42 points on a field goal percentage of 65.0%.
So far, the Grizzlies have put together an overall record of 21-13, while going 16-16-2 vs the spread. Against the spread, Memphis has a mark of 1-2. Straight up, their record is 1-2 in these games.
In their previous game, the Grizzlies took down the Raptors by a score of 119-106. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 4 point favorites. Memphis went on to win the game, as they led by 14 heading into halftime. In the win, Dillon Brooks led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Pelicans averaged 111.5 points per game vs the Grizzlies. On the other side, Memphis saw an improvement in their scoring numbers when playing the Pelicans, as they averaged 123.75 points per game in these matchups. Across the previous 5 meetings between the teams, the Grizzlies have an average scoring margin of +14 points per game, leading to an ATS mark of 4-1. In these contests, they averaged a combined 236 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 4-1.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The New Orleans offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 3rd ranked offense at 118.1 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Pelicans will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 7th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Currently, the Pelicans defense is ranked 13th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 110.28 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Zion Williamson leads the Pelicans in scoring at 26.2 points per game, placing him 18th in the NBA. Overall, Williamson has hit 61.0% of his shots while accounting for 18.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 6th in points allowed to power-fowards. At 20.1 points per game, CJ McCollum is the 2nd leading scorer for the Pelicans. For the season, he is 111st in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 42.3%.
Coming into today’s action, Memphis is averaging 115.4 points per contest. This figure places them 9th in the league. So far, Memphis is averaging 100.6 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Not only is the team ranked near the top of the leauge in possessions, but this fast-paced style has translated to an increased number of made shots, as they are 4th in the league in made field goals per game.
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.
This season, the Grizzlies offense has primarily worked through Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 29 games, Morant is 15th in the NBA at 26.8 points per game. So far, him and Brooks have accounted for 40% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 44.400000000000006 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Dillon Brooks is grabbing 3.5 rebounds for Memphis to go along with 2.8 assists.
Pelicans vs Grizzlies Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Grizzlies -5.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 232.5
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