Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz - 12/7/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Location: Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: AT&T Sportsnet - Rocky Mountain
Odds/Point Spread: Utah -12.5
Jonas Valanciunas and the Memphis Grizzlies (6-15, 4th in the Southwest Division) go to Vivint Smart Home Arena on Saturday where they'll meet the Utah Jazz (12-10, 2nd in the Northwest Division). Utah opens this matchup as 12.5 point favorites. The over/under opens at 215.5.
The Grizzlies are covering the spread 38.1% of the time, having gone 8-13-0 ATS. Utah covers the spread 36.4% of the time, going 8-14-0 against the spread.
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
12/4/2019 John Konchar SG Calf Game Time Decision
12/4/2019 Brandon Clarke SF Hip Expected to be out until at least Dec 9
12/4/2019 Kyle Anderson SF Heel Game Time Decision
11/30/2019 Ja Morant PG Back Expected to be out until at least Dec 9
11/18/2019 Andre Iguodala SG Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Dec 15
Key Utah Jazz Injuries
12/5/2019 Juwan Morgan F Knee Game Time Decision
12/4/2019 Mike Conley PG Hamstring Game Time Decision
Jonas Valanciunas comes into this contest averaging 14.5 points per game while playing 24.8 minutes per night this season. He pulls down 10.0 rebounds per game and dishes out 1.8 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 57% while his free throw percentage currently sits at 84%. Jaren Jackson averages 15.7 points per game in 26.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.4 assists per contest and 4.9 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage is 45% for the year while his free throw percentage is 82%.
Donovan Mitchell averages 24.7 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per contest this year. He grabs 4.7 rebounds per game and has 3.6 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 44% and his free throw percentage is at 83%. Bojan Bogdanovic averages 21.0 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.2 minutes per contest. He also averages 4.3 rebounds per contest and 2.1 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
Memphis averages 108.5 points per contest this season, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -8.0 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a team, which has them ranked 19th. Behind the arc they shoot 35% which is good for 24th in the league. They average 45.5 rebounds per game and 26.5 assists per game, which ranks them 14th and 4th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 8th with 16.0 per game. The Grizzlies allow 116.5 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 27th in the league. They also allow a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the arc, ranking them 19th and 19th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 46.0 rebounds a game which ranks 19th and they give up 25.1 assists per contest, which puts them in 23rd place in the league. They force 15.0 turnovers per game which ranks them 13th in the league.
Useful Team Statistics
Utah is 24th in the league with 105.7 points per game this year. They are 20th in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is -0.2. They shoot 38% from 3-point range, which is good for 5th in the NBA. They are 16th in the league in rebounding with 45.3 boards per game, and 27th in assists per contest with 21.0. The Jazz are 5th in turnovers per game with 16.3. The Jazz surrender 105.9 points per contest, which ranks them 9th in the NBA. Their defense allows a 44% shooting percentage and a 35% average from 3-point range, ranking them 8th and 11th in those defensive statistics. They rank 2nd with 20.9 assists allowed per contest and 7th with 44.4 rebounds surrendered per game. The Jazz are 3rd in the NBA in forcing turnovers with 13.4 per game.
The Grizzlies are 27th in the league in defensive rating with 112.1, and their offensive rating of 104.4 is ranked 22nd. They are 6th in the NBA in pace with 103.4 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 24th. As a unit they are 24th in the league in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shot attempts, ranking 25th in the NBA. Memphis is 8th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.8 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 54%, which is 11th in the NBA.
Utah is 5th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.7 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.9 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 50%, which is 25th in the NBA. The Jazz are 24th in the league in defensive rating with 105.2, and their offensive rating of 105 is ranked 10th. They are 15th in the NBA in pace with 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 18th. As a unit they are 16th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shot attempts, ranking 15th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Grizzlies/Jazz NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Memphis +12.5
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