Brooklyn Nets vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 1/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brooklyn Nets vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Brooklyn (-4.5)
The Brooklyn Nets (4-4) go to FedExForum on Friday where they'll take on the Memphis Grizzlies (2-5). Memphis opens this contest as 4.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 222.
The Brooklyn Nets took the court against the Utah Jazz and walked away with a win by a score of 130-96 in their last contest. Brooklyn ended the contest having earned a 55.9% field goal percentage (52 of 93) and buried 14 of their 36 3-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nets made 12 of their 16 tries for a percentage of 75.0%. When talking about rebounding, they earned a total of 51 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 31 dimes for the matchup as well as earning 11 steals and 4 blocks. When talking about defending, Brooklyn allowed 38.8% from the floor on 33 out of 85 shooting. Utah recorded 17 dimes and had 6 steals for the game. On top of that, the Jazz had 42 rebounds (10 offensive, 32 defensive) and added 3 blocked shots. Utah ended up going 70.4% at the free throw line by making 19 of 27 shots. They made 11 out of their 34 tries from distance.
Kyrie Irving is a guy who played a role in the game. He totaled 29 points on 12 out of 19 shooting. He played 29:35 minutes and grabbed 6 boards. Irving finished 63.2% from the floor and dished out 5 assists. Another guy that was a major factor in this contest for the Nets was Caris LeVert. He had 2 boards and collected 5 assists. He finished shooting 50.0% from the floor in this matchup by hitting 9-of-18 (24 points). When the final whistle blew, LeVert played for 21:27 min.
Brooklyn will play this game with a win-loss record of 4-4 for the year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 16.1 times per game and as a squad they commit 20.9 fouls every game. As a unit, Brooklyn is grabbing 47.9 boards per game and is sitting with 201 dimes on the campaign, which is 11th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Nets are connecting on 38.5% on shots beyond the perimeter (115 of 299) and 81.3% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 119.5 pts per contest (3rd in the league) while connecting on 47.9% from the field. Defensively, the Nets are forcing 14.1 turnovers per game and they draw 21.5 personal fouls. They are surrendering 34.5% on shots from distance and they are 16th in basketball in opponents PPG (111.3). The Nets defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.1% (113 of 172) and they relinquish 49.4 boards per game as a team. They currently rank 21st in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 199 conceded for the campaign.
For their last game, the Memphis Grizzlies walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 94-92 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Grizzlies were able to pull down 33 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 38 for this game. They turned away 4 attempts while earning 14 steals in this matchup. The Lakers had 14 fouls for this game which got the Grizzlies to the charity stripe for 13 attempts. They were able to knock down 10 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 76.9%. In reference to three-point attempts, Memphis buried 10 of 26 tries (38.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Grizzlies ended up going 36 for 87 from the field which had them shooting 41.4%. The Grizzlies allowed the Lakers to make 38 out of their 87 tries from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.7% in the matchup. They finished the game shooting 29.0% from three-point range by shooting 9 out of 31 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 11 at the charity stripe (81.8%). When it comes to rebounding, Memphis permitted Los Angeles to get 52 in all (9 on the offensive side).
Dillon Brooks ended up being a major contributor for the Grizzlies in this game. He knocked down 5 of 13 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 38.5%, which had him finishing with 13 points. Brooks totaled 5 rebounds in his 29:13 minutes of playing time and tallied 2 dimes in this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Memphis was Jonas Valančiūnas. He was able to score 13 points in his 25:42 mins on the court by way of 4 out of 13 shooting for the contest. Valančiūnas wrapped this one up going 30.8% from the floor and also collecting 2 dimes and 11 rebounds.
Memphis has a mark of 2-5 so far this season. Memphis has scored 748 pts this year (106.9 per contest) and they snag 46.6 rebounds per contest. The Grizzlies commit 18.1 fouls per contest while shooting 76.5% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Grizzlies are shooting 43.9% from the field, which is 25th in basketball. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.9 times per game (14th in the league) and they are turning it over 15.0 times per contest. The Grizzlies on the defensive side of the court are 20th in the league in PPG surrendered with 112.1. They are forcing 15.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 45.5% from the field (13th in basketball). The Memphis defense gives up 34.7% on three-point shots (83 of 239) and opponents are connecting on 81.9% of their free throw attempts. They concede 25.3 dimes and 48.1 rebounds per contest, which is 19th and 23rd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Memphis (+4.5)
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