Memphis Grizzlies vs Brooklyn Nets Prediction, 12/28/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Brooklyn Nets
Date: Monday, December 28, 2020
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+7.5)
The Memphis Grizzlies (0-2) are headed to Barclays Center on Monday where they'll meet the Brooklyn Nets (2-0). Brooklyn opens this matchup as 7.5-point favorites. The total is set at 224.
The Memphis Grizzlies played the Atlanta Hawks and took a loss by a score of 122-112 in their last game. Memphis walked away from the contest with a 39.8% field goal percentage (37 of 93) and converted 13 of their 43 3-pointers. From the free throw line, the Grizzlies made 25 of 29 attempts for a rate of 86.2%. In terms of rebounding, they earned 46 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 20 assists in this matchup as well as getting 5 steals and 6 blocks. With regard to defense, Memphis allowed their opponent to shoot 42.7% from the field on 38 of 89 shooting. Atlanta doled out 23 dimes and had 4 steals in this game. Furthurmore, the Hawks snagged 54 rebounds (13 offensive, 41 defensive) and had 5 rejections. Atlanta walked away from this one shooting 86.8% from the free throw line by burying 33 of their 38 attempts. They made 13 of 36 shots from beyond the arc.
Kyle Anderson is someone who had an impact for this game. He ended up with 20 points on 8 out of 15 shooting. He played for 36:26 minutes and also grabbed 14 rebounds. Anderson finished the contest at 53.3% from the floor and dished out 2 dimes. An additional guy that came through in the game for the Grizzlies was Ja Morant. He snagged 3 boards and earned 7 dimes. He went 47.6% from the floor in the game by going 10-of-21 (28 points). In all, Morant played 33:31 min.
Memphis enters this game with a record of 0-2 so far this year. They are turning it over 10.5 times per contest and as a squad are committing 23.5 fouls every game. As a unit, Memphis is grabbing 44.0 boards per contest and has accounted for 47 dimes for the campaign, which is 16th in the league in terms of passing the ball. The Grizzlies are shooting 32.9% on 3-point shots (23 of 70) and 76.6% from the free throw line. They average 115.5 points per outing (12th in the NBA) while connecting on 45.7% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Grizzlies are forcing their opponents into 13.0 turnovers every game while drawing 19.0 fouls. They currently rank 19th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 51 surrendered for the campaign. The Grizzlies defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.7% (26 of 38) and they relinquish 51.0 rebounds per contest as a group. They are giving up 37.7% on three-point shots and they rank 28th in the league in opponents PPG (126.5).
When they last stepped on the court, the Brooklyn Nets got the victory with a final of 123-95 when they faced the Boston Celtics. The Nets were able to snag 34 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 43 for this contest. They blocked 10 attempts while getting 5 steals for the contest. The Celtics committed 27 fouls in the game which got the Nets to the free throw line for a total of 31 shots. They were able to make 26 of the free throw tries for a rate of 83.9%. Pertaining to shooting from beyond the arc, Brooklyn knocked down 15 out of 29 attempts (51.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Nets went 41 for 76 from the floor which had them shooting 53.9%. The Nets allowed the Celtics to bury 37 out of 98 tries from the floor which had them shooting 37.8% for this game. They finished 29.6% from beyond the arc by going 8 out of 27 and ended up going 13 of 19 from the charity stripe (68.4%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, Brooklyn allowed Boston to get 47 in total (20 on the offensive glass).
Kyrie Irving ended up being a factor for the Nets for the matchup. He converted 13 of 21 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 61.9%, which got him 37 points. Irving totaled 6 rebounds in his 33:24 minutes of playing time and had 8 dimes for this game. Another guy who came through for Brooklyn was Kevin Durant. He was able to score 29 points in his 33:24 minutes played via 9 out of 16 shooting in the game. Durant ended the game having shot 56.3% from the field and also totaling 3 assists and 4 rebounds.
Brooklyn has a win-loss record of 2-0 so far this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Nets are shooting 49.4% from the field, which has them ranked 8th in basketball. Brooklyn has tallied 248 points for the year (124.0 per contest) and they pull in 50.0 boards per game. They are getting an assist 22.5 times per contest (23rd in the league) and they turn it over 18.0 times per contest. The Nets are committing 22.0 fouls per contest and they go 82.5% from the free throw line. The Nets on the defensive end are ranked 1st in the NBA in PPG given up with 97.0. The Brooklyn defense concedes 30.0% on shots from distance (18 of 60) and their opposition makes 66.7% of their free throw attempts. They have given up 24.5 assists and 47.0 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 14th and 17th in basketball. They are forcing 16.5 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 37.6% from the field (1st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Brooklyn (-7.5)
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