Memphis Grizzlies at Miami Heat NBA Picks & Predictions 2/24/2018
Saturday, February 24, 2018
American Airlines Arena
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The Memphis Grizzlies travel to American Airlines Arena to play the Miami Heat on Saturday, February 24, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Miami as 7.5 point favorites.
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The Grizzlies head into this matchup with a mark of 18-38. They are 4th in the Southwest Division. They currently have a point differential of -3.7 as they are averaging 99.2 points per contest while giving up 102.9 per game. The Heat have an overall record of 30-28. They currently are 2nd in the Southeast Division. They are averaging 100.5 points per game and surrendering 101.4, good for a point differential of -0.9.
Valuable Memphis Grizzlies Betting Trends
The Memphis Grizzlies are 25-30-1 against the spread
The Memphis Grizzlies are 24-31-1 against the over/under
Important Miami Heat Betting Trends
The Miami Heat are 28-27-3 against the spread
The Miami Heat are 24-32-2 against the over/under
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
11/17/17 PG Mike Conley Achilles is out for season
02/23/18 F Chandler Parsons Illness is downgraded to OUT Friday vs Cleveland
02/23/18 G Mario Chalmers Ankle is "?" Friday vs Cleveland
02/22/18 SG Wayne Selden Knee is downgraded to doubtful Friday vs Cleveland
Key Miami Heat Injuries
02/21/18 C Kelly Olynyk Shoulder is downgraded to doubtful Friday vs New Orleans
01/12/18 G Dion Waiters Ankle is out for season
JaMychal Green averages 9.9 points per game in 26.4 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.3 assists per contest and 7.5 rebounds per game for Memphis. His field goal percentage is 46% for the year while his free throw percentage is 74%. Marc Gasol comes into this contest averaging 17.7 points per game while playing 33.9 minutes per night so far this season for the Grizzlies. He pulls down 8.4 rebounds per game and dishes out 4 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 41% while his free throw percentage is currently at 84%.
Goran Dragic averages 17.4 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 31.8 minutes per contest. He also averages 4 rebounds per contest and 4.7 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is 77%. Hassan Whiteside averages 14.2 points per game while playing 25.7 minutes per contest this year for the Heat. He grabs 11.9 rebounds per game and has 0.8 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 55% and his free throw percentage currently is at 73%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Grizzlies allow 102.9 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 5th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 9th and 21st in those defensive categories. Opponents average 41.9 rebounds a game which ranks 6th, and they give up 21.1 assists per contest which puts them in 6th place in the league. They force 14.6 turnovers per game which ranks them 17th in the league. Memphis averages 99.2 points per contest this season, which ranks them 29th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -3.71 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 26th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 27th in the league. They average 40.6 rebounds per game and 21.1 assists per game, which ranks them 28th and 28th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.7 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Heat surrender 101.4 points per contest, which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Their defense is allowing a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 7th and 8th in those defensive statistics. They rank 1st with 20.2 assists allowed per contest, and 7th with 42 rebounds surrendered per game. The Heat are 4th in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.4 per game this season. Miami is 28th in the league with 100.5 points per game this year. They are 21st in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -0.9. They shoot 36% from 3-point range, which is good for 18th in the NBA. They are 20th in the league in rebounding with 42.6 boards per game and 23rd in assists per contest with 21.8. The Heat are 10th in turnovers per game with 14.9.
The Grizzlies are 26th in the league in defensive rating with 109.4, and their offensive rating of 105.5 is ranked 10th. They are 30th in the NBA in pace with 93.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 27th. As a unit they are 22nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 33% of their shot attempts, ranking 19th in the NBA. Memphis is 5th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.8 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 19th in the NBA.
Miami is 4th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 51%, which is 24th in the league. The Heat are 25th in the NBA in offensive rating with 105.6, and their defensive rating of 106.5 is ranked 25th. In terms of pace they are 28th in the league with 94.9 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 15th. As a team they are 17th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 6th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Grizzlies/Heat NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Miami -7.5
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