Boston Celtics vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 3/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Monday, March 22, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (+1)
FedExForum is the site where and the Memphis Grizzlies (19-20) will take on the Boston Celtics (20-21) on Monday. Boston opens this matchup as 1-point underdogs. The total is set at 226.
The Boston Celtics faced off with the Sacramento Kings and took a loss by a score of 107-96 in their last contest. Boston finished the contest with a 42.9% FG percentage (39 of 91) and converted 12 of 31 shots from distance. At the free throw line, the Celtics buried 6 of their 7 attempts for a percentage of 85.7%. Concerning grabbing rebounds, they earned 45 with 12 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 22 assists for the game as well as forcing 14 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In regard to the defense, Boston let their opponent shoot 45.7% from the field on 37 of 81 shooting. Sacramento recorded 22 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. In addition, Sacramento pulled down 45 rebounds (11 offensive, 34 defensive) and got 4 blocks. Sacramento ended up going 80.8% from the charity stripe by burying 21 of 26 tries. They buried 12 out of their 30 tries from distance.
Jaylen Brown is one player who played a role in the matchup. He walked away with 19 points on 8 out of 20 shooting. He played 34:33 mins and collected 11 boards. Brown ended up going 40.0% from the floor and distributed 3 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in the matchup for the Celtics was Kemba Walker. He snagged 2 rebounds in his 36:18 min played. He ended up shooting 33.3% from the floor for this contest by connecting on 6-of-18 (16 points). When the final whistle blew, Walker collected 7 assists.
Boston steps onto the court with a win-loss record of 20-21 for the campaign. They are averaging 111.7 points per outing (19th in the league) while connecting on 46.8% from the floor. The Celtics are hitting 37.1% on shots from distance (502 of 1,352) and 75.6% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Boston is grabbing 43.9 rebounds per contest and has racked up 925 assists for the campaign, which is 26th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 14.1 times per contest and as a basketball team they are committing 20.9 fouls on a nightly basis. On the defensive end of the court, the Celtics are forcing 14.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 19.9 personal fouls. The Celtics defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.8% (589 of 815) and they relinquish 41.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They currently rank 7th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 962 surrendered for the year. They surrender 36.8% on shots from distance and they rank 13th in the league in opponents points per game (111.2).
For their last game, the Memphis Grizzlies walked away with a victory by a final of 111-103 against the Golden State Warriors. The Grizzlies pulled down 47 defensive rebounds and 13 offensive rebounds totaling 60 in this game. They turned it over 12 times, while getting 8 steals in this game. The Warriors committed 25 fouls in the game which got the Grizzlies to the free throw line for a total of 31 tries. They were able to convert 27 of the free throw tries for a rate of 87.1%. In the matter of shooting from downtown, Memphis knocked down 10 out of 32 tries (31.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Grizzlies finished shooting 37 out of 95 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.9%. The Grizzlies allowed the Warriors to bury 31 of their 90 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 34.4% for this contest. They finished 31.7% from distance by shooting 13 out of 41 and finished the game at 28 of 34 at the free throw line (82.4%). In relation to rebounds, Memphis allowed Golden State to get 46 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
Jonas Valanciunas pitched in for the Grizzlies for the game. He made 5 out of 10 for this game for a rate of 50.0%, and tallied 15 rebounds. Valanciunas accumulated 19 points in his 27:15 minutes on the hardwood and added 1 assist in the matchup. Another guy that ended up playing a role for Memphis was Dillon Brooks. He wrapped the game up with 3 dimes in 26:12 mins on the court, and he put in 4 of 16 from the floor. Brooks wrapped this one up going 25.0% from the floor in addition to earning 19 points and 4 total rebounds.
Memphis has a record of 19-20 on the year. Memphis has tallied 4,324 pts for the campaign (110.9 per contest) and they pull in 45.5 boards per game. The Grizzlies commit 18.9 fouls per contest and they hit 78.7% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Grizzlies are connecting on 46.1% from the floor, which is ranked 18th in the NBA. They are assisting teammates 26.5 times per game (7th in the league) and they cough up possession 13.7 times per contest. The Grizzlies on the defensive end are ranked 11th in the league in points allowed per game with 110.6. The Memphis defense allows 37.0% on 3-pointers (506 of 1,366) and their opponents are making 78.3% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 25.3 dimes and 43.8 boards every game, which ranks 21st and 15th in basketball. They have forced 16.2 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.7% from the field (15th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Memphis (-1)
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