Atlanta Hawks vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 12/26/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Atlanta Hawks vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Saturday, December 26, 2020
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Atlanta (+1.5)
FedExForum is the site where and the Memphis Grizzlies (34-39 last year) will play the Atlanta Hawks (20-47 last season) on Saturday. The odds on this contest have Memphis as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 238.5.
The Atlanta Hawks faced the Chicago Bulls and earned the victory with a final of 124-104 in their last game. Atlanta ended having earned a 53.8% FG percentage (43 out of 80) and knocked down 14 of their 35 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Hawks made 24 of 29 attempts for a percentage of 82.8%. In terms of hauling in rebounds, they collected 46 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 24 assists for the game as well as getting 6 steals and 3 blocked shots. In regard to the defense, Atlanta let their opponent shoot 41.4% from the floor on 36 of 87 shooting. Chicago totaled 20 assists and had 10 steals in this game. In addition, the Bulls pulled down 37 rebounds (8 offensive, 29 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Chicago finished the game at 85.7% when shooting free throws by knocking down 24 of 28 shots. They also knocked down 8 of their 35 attempts from beyond the arc.
Trae Young is a guy who played a role for the contest. He recorded 37 points on 10 of 12 shooting. He played for 25:58 minutes and also collected 6 rebounds. Young ended up shooting 83.3% from the field and also distributed 7 assists. One more player that had an impact in this matchup for the Hawks was Danilo Gallinari. He snagged 4 boards and also tallied 3 assists. He finished the game shooting 66.7% from the floor in this game by shooting 4-of-6 (13 points). When the final whistle blew, Gallinari was on the court for 24:26 minutes.
Atlanta will enter this contest after finishing with a win-loss record of 20-47 last season. They had an average of 111.8 points per contest (17th in the NBA) while connecting on 44.9% from the field. The Hawks hit on 33.3% on 3-point shots (805 of 2,416) and 79.0% from the free throw line. As a basketball team, Atlanta pulled in 43.3 boards per contest and totaled 1,605 dimes last season, which was 21st in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They lost possession by turning the ball over 16.2 times per contest and as a team committed 23.1 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Hawks forced 15.0 turnovers every game while drawing 21.0 personal fouls. They relinquished 36.3% from beyond the arc and they were 30th in basketball in points per game allowed (119.7). The Hawks defense allowed a FG percentage of 47.8% (2,903 of 6,078) and they relinquished 47.0 boards per contest as a unit. They were ranked 11th in the league in giving up assists with 1,674 conceded over the course of last season.
In their last game, the Memphis Grizzlies went home defeated by a final of 131-119 against the San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies corralled 37 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds for a total of 42 for this game. They blocked 8 attempts while getting 6 steals for this contest. The Spurs earned 18 fouls in this game which got the Grizzlies to the free throw line for a total of 18 tries. They were able to make 11 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 61.1%. In the matter of three-point attempts, Memphis made 10 of 27 attempts (37.0%). Overall, the Grizzlies shot 49 out of 95 from the field which gave them a percentage of 51.6%. The Grizzlies allowed the Spurs to convert 48 out of their 95 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 50.5% in this contest. They finished 40.0% from 3-point land by going 10 out of 25 and ended up going 25 out of 29 from the free throw line (86.2%). When discussing attacking the glass, Memphis permitted San Antonio to get 48 in total (8 on the offensive side).
Ja Morant ended up having an impact for the Grizzlies in this contest. He buried 18 of 27 in this contest for a field goal rate of 66.7%, which had him finishing with 44 points. Morant pulled down 2 rebounds in his 35:10 minutes of playing time and tallied 9 assists for the contest. An additional guy that was important for Memphis was Dillon Brooks. He walked away with 16 points in 33:13 minutes on the hardwood via 7 of 14 from the floor in the matchup. Brooks walked away from this one going 50.0% from the field in addition to collecting 6 assists and 4 boards.
Memphis had a mark of 34-39 last season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Grizzlies shot 46.8% from the field, which had them ranked 7th in the NBA. Memphis scored 8,222 points over the course of last season (112.6 per contest) and they snagged 46.5 rebounds per game. They dished out assists 26.9 times per game (2nd in basketball) and they lost possession via turnover 15.2 times per contest. The Grizzlies committed 21.2 fouls every game and they hit 76.3% from the charity stripe. The Grizzlies on the defensive side of the court were 21st in the NBA in points allowed per game with 113.7. They surrendered 24.8 assists and 44.9 rebounds per contest, which was ranked 18th and 14th in the league. The Memphis defense surrendered 36.5% from downtown (942 of 2,580) and their opponents connected on 78.2% of their shots from the free throw line. They were able to force 14.8 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 45.0% from the field (9th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Atlanta (+1.5)
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