Memphis Grizzlies vs. Cleveland Cavaliers - 12/20/19 NHL Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Cleveland Cavaliers
Date: Friday, December 20, 2019
Location: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, OH
TV: Fox Sports Ohio
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis -1
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is the venue where Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers (6-21, 5th in the Central Division) will play the Memphis Grizzlies (10-17, 4th in the Southwest Division) on Friday. Memphis opens this matchup as 1 point favorites. The total is set at 224.
The Grizzlies cover the spread 44.4% of the time, having gone 12-15-0 ATS. Cleveland is covering 38.5% of the time, going 10-16-1 against the spread.
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
12/18/2019 Grayson Allen SG Ankle Expected to be out until at least Dec 20
12/10/2019 Andre Iguodala SG Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Dec 25
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
12/13/2019 Dylan Windler SG Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Dec 27
Ja Morant comes into this contest averaging 18.9 points per game while playing 29.3 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 3.2 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.5 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 79%. Jaren Jackson averages 17.1 points per game in 27.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.5 assists per contest and 4.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 47% for the year while his free throw percentage is 77%.
Kevin Love averages 15.9 points per game while playing 30.3 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 10.8 rebounds per game and has 2.9 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 86%. Collin Sexton averages 17.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 30.5 minutes per contest. He also averages 3.0 rebounds per contest and 2.4 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 83%.
Useful Team Statistics
Memphis averages 110.6 points per contest this season, which ranks them 16th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -5.7 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a team, which has them ranked 11th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 18th in the league. They average 45.1 rebounds per game and 26.6 assists per game, which ranks them 16th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 3rd with 16.4 per game. The Grizzlies allow 116.4 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 26th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 18th and 25th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 44.9 rebounds a game which ranks 10th and they give up 25.1 assists per contest, which puts them in 23rd place in the league. They force 15.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 18th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Cleveland is 28th in the league with 103.6 points per game this year. They are 25th in the league in shooting at 44%, while their average scoring margin is -10.0. They shoot 34% from 3-point range, which is good for 26th in the NBA. They are 21st in the league in rebounding with 43.6 boards per game, and 28th in assists per contest with 21.4. The Cavaliers are 7th in turnovers per game with 15.9. The Cavaliers surrender 113.6 points per contest, which ranks them 20th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 49% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 30th and 29th in those defensive statistics. They rank 27th with 25.8 assists allowed per contest and 6th with 43.7 rebounds surrendered per game. The Cavaliers are 3rd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.0 per game.
The Grizzlies are 24th in the NBA in offensive rating with 106.5, and their defensive rating of 112 is ranked 22nd. In terms of pace they are 4th in the league with 103.5 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 52% is 17th. As a team they are 18th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shots, ranking 23rd in the league. Memphis is 8th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 10th in the league.
Cleveland is 6th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 56%, which is 1st in the NBA. The Cavaliers are 26th in the league in defensive rating with 115, and their offensive rating of 104.8 is ranked 29th. They are 25th in the NBA in pace with 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 50% is 26th. As a unit they are 26th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 18th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Grizzlies/Cavaliers NBA game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take Memphis -1
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