Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 12/21/19 NBA Picks, Odds, and Prediction
Game: Sacramento Kings vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast - Memphis
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis -1
Jaren Jackson and the Memphis Grizzlies (10-18, 4th in the Southwest Division) play the Sacramento Kings (12-15, 3rd in the Pacific Division) at FedExForum on Saturday, December 21, 2019. Sacramento opens this matchup as 1 point underdogs. The over/under opens at 224.
The Kings cover the spread 59.3% of the time, having gone 16-11-0 ATS. Memphis is covering 46.4% of the time, going 13-15-0 against the spread.
Key Sacramento Kings Injuries
12/19/2019 Bogdan Bogdanovic SG Ankle Game Time Decision
12/18/2019 DaQuan Jeffries SG Undisclosed Game Time Decision
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
12/19/2019 Grayson Allen SG Ankle Game Time Decision
12/10/2019 Andre Iguodala SG Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Dec 25
Buddy Hield comes into this game averaging 21.6 points per contest while playing 34.2 minutes per night this year. He grabs 5.0 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.9 assists per game. His FG percentage is 44% while his free throw percentage is 86%. Harrison Barnes averages 15.9 points per contest in 35.5 minutes per game. He averages 2.3 assists per game and 5.2 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 46% for the season while his free throw percentage is 80%.
Jaren Jackson scores 17.1 points per contest while playing 27.1 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.7 rebounds per contest and has 1.5 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is at 77%. Ja Morant averages 18.9 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 29.3 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.2 rebounds per game and has 6.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 79%.
Useful Team Statistics
Sacramento averages 104.7 points per contest, which is 25th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -2.3 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 16th. From 3-point territory they shoot 36%, which is good for 14th in the NBA. They average 41.3 boards per contest and 22.4 assists per game, which ranks them 30th and 24th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 11th with 15.6 per game. The Kings allow 107.0 points per contest, which is 9th in the NBA. They also surrender a 47% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 23rd and 15th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 42.6 rebounds a game which ranks 5th, and they allow 23.7 assists per game which puts them in 12th place in the league. They force 15.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 20th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Memphis is 16th in the NBA with 110.6 points per contest this season. They are 11th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -5.71. They shoot 35% from beyond the arc, which is good for 18th in the league. They are 16th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.1 boards per contest and 3rd in assists per game with 26.6. The Grizzlies are 3rd in turnovers per contest with 16.4. The Grizzlies give up 116.4 points per game, which ranks them 26th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 19th and 25th in those defensive statistics. They rank 23rd with 25.1 dimes allowed per game and 10th with 44.9 boards surrendered per contest. The Grizzlies are 17th in the league in forcing turnovers with 15.2 per contest this year.
The Kings are 21st in the NBA in offensive rating with 107.3, and their defensive rating of 109.7 is ranked 17th. In terms of pace they are 30th in the league with 96.8 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 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 40% of their shots, ranking 9th in the league. Sacramento is 7th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.2 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.4 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 54%, which is 8th in the league.
Memphis is 8th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.1 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 53%, which is 10th in the NBA. The Grizzlies are 24th in the league in defensive rating with 111.9, and their offensive rating of 106.4 is ranked 22nd. They are 4th in the NBA in pace with 103.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 17th. As a unit they are 18th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 35% of their shot attempts, ranking 23rd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Kings/Grizzlies NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Memphis -1
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