Memphis Grizzlies vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 8/9/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Sunday, August 9, 2020
Location: Visa Athletic Center in Orlando, Florida
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto -8
Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies (33-37, 3rd in the Southwest Division) travel to Visa Athletic Center on Sunday where they'll take on the Toronto Raptors (49-19, 1st in the Atlantic Division). Toronto opens this contest as 8-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 222.
The Grizzlies are covering the spread 50.0% of the time, having gone 34-34-1 ATS. Toronto is covering 57.6% of the time, going 38-28-1 against the spread.
Key Memphis Grizzlies Injuries
08/04/20 F Jaren Jackson Jr. Knee is out for season
07/29/20 PG Tyus Jones Knee is out indefinitely
07/21/20 SF Justise Winslow Hip is out for season
Key Toronto Raptors Injuries
08/08/20 C Serge Ibaka Eye left last game, is questionable Sunday vs Memphis
08/07/20 PF Oshae Brissett Knee is questionable Sunday vs Memphis
08/06/20 SG Patrick McCaw Knee is out indefinitely
Ja Morant comes into this game averaging 17.8 points per contest while playing 30.6 minutes per night this year. He grabs 3.7 rebounds per contest and distributes 7.1 assists per game. His FG percentage is 48% while his free throw percentage is 77%. Jonas Valanciunas averages 14.9 points per contest in 26.3 minutes per game. He averages 1.8 assists per game and 11.2 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 58% for the season while his free throw percentage is 74%.
Pascal Siakam scores 23.3 points per contest while playing 35.5 minutes per game. He hauls in 7.5 rebounds per contest and has 3.5 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 46% and his free throw percentage is at 80%. Kyle Lowry averages 19.7 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 36.5 minutes per game. He also brings in 5.1 rebounds per game and has 7.6 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 86%.
Useful Team Statistics
Memphis averages 112.7 points per contest, which is 14th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.4 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 9th. From 3-point territory they shoot 35%, which is good for 23rd in the NBA. They average 46.3 boards per contest and 26.9 assists per game, which ranks them 7th and 3rd in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 9th with 15.1 per game. The Grizzlies allow 114.1 points per contest, which is 21st in the NBA. They also surrender a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from 3-point range, ranking them 9th and 23rd in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 45.0 rebounds a game which ranks 16th, and they allow 24.8 assists per game which puts them in 20th place in the league. They force 14.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 18th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Toronto is 13th in the NBA with 112.7 points per contest this season. They are 20th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 6.6. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 4th in the league. They are 12th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.2 boards per contest and 11th in assists per game with 25.3. The Raptors are 17th in turnovers per contest with 14.6. The Raptors give up 106.1 points per game, which ranks them 1st in the league. Their defense surrenders a 43% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 2nd and 1st in those defensive statistics. They rank 26th with 25.5 dimes allowed per game and 24th with 46.0 boards surrendered per contest. The Raptors are 29th in the league in forcing turnovers with 16.8 per contest this year.
The Grizzlies are 20th in the NBA in offensive rating with 109.3, and their defensive rating of 110.6 is ranked 16th. In terms of pace they are 7th in the league with 102.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 20th. As a team they are 21st in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 34% of their shots, ranking 26th in the league. Memphis is 13th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.6 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 20th in the league.
Toronto is 14th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13 times per 100 possessions while forcing 14.5 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 50%, which is 29th in the league. The Raptors are 14th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.3, and their defensive rating of 104.8 is ranked 2nd. In terms of pace they are 12th in the league with 100.6 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 54% is 8th. As a team they are 8th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 58% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 6th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Grizzlies/Raptors NBA game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Toronto -8
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