Cavaliers vs Grizzlies 1/17/2020 NBA Prediction, Pick, Tips
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Friday, January 17, 2020
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast - Memphis
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis -7.5
Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies (19-22, 3rd in the Southwest Division) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (12-29, 5th in the Central Division) at FedExForum on Friday, January 17, 2020. Cleveland opens this game as 7.5 point dogs. The over/under opens at 229.5.
The Cavaliers are covering the spread 42.5% of the time, having gone 17-23-1 ATS. Memphis is covering 55.0% of the time, going 22-18-1 against the spread.
Key Cleveland Cavaliers Injuries
01/15/20 C Ante Zizic Illness is questionable Friday vs Memphis
01/13/20 SG Dylan Windler Leg is out for season
01/06/20 SG Kevin Porter Jr. Knee is out indefinitely
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
11/19/19 SF Andre Iguodala None is out indefinitely
Collin Sexton averages 18.8 points per contest in 31.5 minutes per game this year. He averages 2.2 assists per game and 3.1 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 45% for the season while his free throw percentage is 83%. Kevin Love comes into this game averaging 17.0 points per contest while playing 31.2 minutes per night. He grabs 10.4 rebounds per contest and distributes 2.9 assists per game. His FG percentage is 46% while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Jaren Jackson averages 18.0 points per game and he sees the court an average of 28.2 minutes per game. He also hauls in 4.9 rebounds per game and dishes 1.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 48% and his free throw percentage is 76%. Ja Morant scores 18.0 points per contest while playing 29.7 minutes per game. He hauls in 3.5 rebounds per contest and has 6.9 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is at 80%.
Useful Team Statistics
The Cavaliers allow 114.0 points per contest which is 22nd in the NBA. They also surrender a 49% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 29th and 27th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 43.8 rebounds a game which ranks 8th, and they allow 25.9 assists per game which puts them in 29th place in the league. They force 12.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 3rd in the NBA. Cleveland averages 104.9 points per contest, which is 26th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -9.2 and their shooting percentage is 45% as a unit, which has them ranked 19th. From 3-point territory they shoot 34%, which is good for 24th in the NBA. They average 44.2 boards per contest and 21.5 assists per game, which ranks them 20th and 28th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 2nd with 16.3 per game.
Useful Team Statistics
The Grizzlies give up 115.9 points per game, which ranks them 27th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 46% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 20th and 25th in those defensive statistics. They rank 23rd with 25.0 dimes allowed per game and 10th with 44.7 boards surrendered per contest. The Grizzlies are 16th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.8 per contest. Memphis is 8th in the NBA with 113.6 points per contest this season. They are 7th in the league in shooting at 47%, while their average scoring margin is -2.4. They shoot 36% from beyond the arc, which is good for 11th in the league. They are 15th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.6 boards per contest and 1st in assists per game with 27.9. The Grizzlies are 8th in turnovers per contest with 15.4.
The Cavaliers are 26th in the league in defensive rating with 115.1, and their offensive rating of 105.8 is ranked 29th. They are 22nd in the NBA in pace with 98.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 22nd. As a unit they are 22nd in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shot attempts, ranking 19th in the NBA. Cleveland is 1st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 14.5 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11.4 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 55%, which is 2nd in the NBA.
Memphis is 11th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.3 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 53%, which is 12th in the league. The Grizzlies are 16th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.8, and their defensive rating of 112.1 is ranked 21st. In terms of pace they are 3rd in the league with 103.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 7th. As a team they are 10th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 20th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take Memphis -7.5 and over 229.5 total points
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