Memphis Grizzlies vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 12/30/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Boston Celtics
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+7.5)
The Memphis Grizzlies (1-2) travel to TD Garden on Wednesday where they'll take on the Boston Celtics (1-2). The line on this contest has Boston as 7.5-point favorites. The total opens at 226.
The Memphis Grizzlies faced off with the Brooklyn Nets and walked away with a win by a score of 116-111 in their last game. Memphis walked away from the contest having earned a 42.9% FG percentage (42 of 98) and knocked down 10 out of their 29 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Grizzlies buried 22 of 29 tries for a rate of 75.9%. When discussing pulling down boards, they earned 56 with 16 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 20 dimes for the game as well as having 10 steals and 4 blocks. In terms of defense, Memphis allowed 41.0% from the field on 41 out of 100 shooting. Brooklyn doled out 28 dimes and had 13 steals in the game. In addition, the Nets had 50 rebounds (13 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Brooklyn shot 88.2% when shooting free throws by knocking down 15 of their 17 shots. They also buried 14 out of their 42 attempts from 3-point land.
Kyle Anderson is a guy who was a major factor for the contest. He totaled 28 points on 9 out of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36:43 mins played and also grabbed 7 rebounds. Anderson shot 52.9% from the field and dished out 3 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Grizzlies was Dillon Brooks. He grabbed 7 boards and also accounted for 4 assists. He shot 47.4% from the floor for this game by going 9-of-19 (24 points). When this game wrapped up, Brooks saw the court for 35:17 min.
Memphis steps onto the court with a record of 1-2 for the campaign. The Grizzlies are shooting 33.3% on 3-pointers (33 of 99) and 76.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 115.7 pts per contest (10th in the NBA) while connecting on 44.8% from the field. They lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest and as a squad are committing 21.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Memphis is grabbing 48.0 boards per game and has accounted for 67 dimes on the season, which has them ranked 19th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Grizzlies are forcing 14.3 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.3 personal fouls. They rank 21st in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 79 relinquished so far this season. The Grizzlies defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 44.7% (43 of 58) and they relinquish 50.7 boards per contest as a team. They are relinquishing 35.9% on 3-point attempts and they rank 26th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (121.3).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Boston Celtics went home defeated by a final of 108-107 when they faced the Indiana Pacers. The Celtics were able to snag 34 defensive boards and 6 offensive boards for a total of 40 in the game. They turned away 7 attempts while getting 13 steals for the game. The Pacers committed 20 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 24 shots. They were able to bury 18 of those for a percentage of 75.0%. In regard to 3-pointers, Boston buried 9 of 23 attempts (39.1%). When the final whistle blew, the Celtics finished 40 for 79 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.6%. The Celtics permitted the Pacers to knock down 45 of 88 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 51.1% in this game. They finished the game shooting 26.9% from three-point range by hitting 7 out of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 11 out of 15 from the free throw line (73.3%). In reference to rebounding, Boston permitted Indiana to collect 37 in all (8 offensive).
Jayson Tatum was important for the Celtics for the game. He converted 9 of 21 for this game for a field goal percentage of 42.9%, which earned him 25 points. Tatum collected 11 boards in his 35:47 mins of time on the court and accounted for 5 dimes for this contest. An additional guy who came through for Boston was Jaylen Brown. He notched 18 points in his 33:37 mins on the hardwood by way of 8 out of 13 shooting in this game. Brown walked away from this one going 61.5% from the floor while totaling 4 dimes and 2 total rebounds.
Boston has a record of 1-2 for the season. The Celtics are committing 20.3 fouls every game and they hit 72.2% from the free throw line. They are dishing out assists 22.3 times per game (24th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest. Boston has scored 324 points on the year (108.0 per game) and they collect 41.3 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Celtics are hitting on 45.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 20th in the NBA. The Celtics on the defensive side of the court are 22nd in the league in points given up per game with 117.3. They give up 21.0 dimes and 44.0 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 3rd and 13th in basketball. The Boston defense gives up 40.0% on three-point shots (36 of 90) and opponents are connecting on 81.3% of their foul shots. They are forcing 16.0 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 52.0% from the floor (30th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Memphis (+7.5)
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