Check out our free Suns 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.
Suns vs Grizzlies NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Phoenix Suns at Memphis Grizzlies
- Where: Memphis at FedExForum
- Date: Monday, January 16th
- Betting Odds MEM -9.5, PHO +368 | MEM -492 O/U OFF
So far, the Suns have put together an overall record of 21-23, while going 21-21-2 vs the spread. Today, the Suns will be looking to snap a 2 game losing streak. In these games, they have an average scoring differential of -17.0 points.
The Suns will be looking to bounce back from a 121-116 loss to the Timberwolves. In terms of betting, Phoenix entered as 6 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Phoenix got off to a slow start, trailing by 15 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Damion Lee, as he contributed 31 points while hitting 58.8% of his shots.
The Grizzlies come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 29-13. So far, the team has gone 21-19-2 against the spread. Memphis comes into the game having rattled off 9 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 11.89 points per game
In their previous game, the Grizzlies took down the Pacers by a score of 130-112. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 8 point favorites. Memphis was able to take care of business in the second half of this game, as they didn’t allow the Pacers to cut into their 16 point halftime lead. In the win, Desmond Bane led the team in scoring with 25 points on a field goal percentage of 52.6%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Similar to their season-long average, the Suns averaged 115.33 points per game vs the Grizzlies. Just like the Suns, the Grizzlies maintained their usual level of scoring in head-to-head matchups, averaging 110.0 points per game vs Phoenix. The level of competition has been tight in the 5 most recent games between Suns and Grizzlies with just 2 points per game separating the teams. Memphis has the ATS edge in this span at 3-2. In these contests, they averaged a combined 226 points per game, leading to an over-under mark of 3-2.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
This season, the Phoenix offense is ranked 19th in the NBA in scoring at 112.7 points per game. So far, the Suns are averaging 97.4 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 16th in made field goals per game.
Defensively, the Suns are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.33 points per contest (9th).
Mikal Bridges is expected to play a key role in Phoenix’s scoring efforts against the Memphis today, as Devin Booker is unavailable. Booker is the team’s leading scorer this season with 27.1 points per game. Bridges is 2nd in scoring for the team with 15.7 points per game, which ranks him 85.0th in the NBA. In his 44 games, he has hit 45.9% of his field goal attempts and is grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game.
The Memphis offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 6th ranked offense at 117.1 points per game. For the season, the Grizzlies have been playing an up-tempo style of basketball as they sit 6th in the NBA in possessions per game.. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 2nd team in made field goals per contest.
Defensively, the Grizzlies are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 109.93 points per contest (12th).
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 27.4 points per game while Brooks is 2nd at 16.7. For the season, Morant is 5th in the NBA in usage rate and 16th in player efficiency. Behind him, Brooks has taken 16.7% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 40.3%.
Suns vs Grizzlies Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Grizzlies -9.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF