Cleveland Cavaliers vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 10/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Bally Sports SE-MEM
Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland (+8)
The Memphis Grizzlies (38-34 last year) will try to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers (22-50 last season) at FedExForum on Wednesday. Cleveland opens this contest as 8-point underdogs. The total is 217.5.
The Cavaliers stepped onto the hardwood against the Nets and ended up losing by a score of 123-109 in their last game. Cleveland finished having earned a 44.7% field goal percentage (38 of 85) and knocked down 12 out of their 39 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Cavaliers made 21 of 31 tries for a rate of 67.7%. When discussing pulling down rebounds, they collected 45 with 11 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 16 assists in this game while creating 12 turnovers and earning 8 steals. Regarding the defense, Cleveland allowed their opponent to shoot 56.6% from the floor on 47 of 83 shooting. Brooklyn earned 35 dimes and had 9 steals in the game. Furthermore, Brooklyn totaled 37 boards (4 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Brooklyn walked away from this one shooting 76.5% at the charity stripe by converting 13 of 17 tries. They made 16 of their 30 tries from three-point range.
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Dean Wade is one player who was a factor in this game. He accumulated 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 35 minutes and also snagged 8 boards. Wade finished the game at 50.0% from the field and also totaled 3 dimes.
Cleveland will play this game after finishing with a win-loss record of 22-50 last season. They averaged 103.8 points per outing (30th in the NBA) while going 45.0% from the field. The Cavaliers hit on 33.6% on shots from distance (720 of 2,141) and 74.3% from the charity stripe. As a group, Cleveland snagged 42.8 boards per game and tallied 1,716 dimes throughout last season, which ranked 21st in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They turned it over 15.5 times per game and as a team committed 18.2 fouls every game. When they were on defense, the Cavaliers forced their opponents into 14.3 turnovers per contest and they drew 20.2 fouls. They gave up 38.3% on 3-point attempts while they were 17th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (112.3). The Cavaliers defense gave up a shooting percentage of 48.4% (3,024 of 6,245) and they relinquished 43.7 rebounds per contest as a group. They were 20th in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,828 surrendered throughout last season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Grizzlies walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 126-110 when they played the Jazz. The Grizzlies earned 31 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for the contest. They turned it over 14 times, while recording 7 steals for this contest. The Jazz earned 16 fouls for this contest which took the Grizzlies to the free throw line for a total of 9 attempts. They were able to convert 8 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 88.9%. Regarding three-point attempts, Memphis knocked down 14 of their 39 attempts (35.9%). In all, the Grizzlies shot 44 for 95 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 46.3%. The Grizzlies allowed the Jazz to convert 49 out of 95 tries from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 51.6% for this contest. They finished shooting 38.6% from 3-point land by connecting on 17 out of 44 and finished the contest at 11 of 12 at the free throw line (91.7%). When it comes to rebounding, Memphis allowed Utah to pull down 51 overall (11 offensive).
Ja Morant pitched in for the Grizzlies in this game. He converted 11 out of 22 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and tallied 7 rebounds. Morant scored 27 points in his 40 mins of playing time and added 11 dimes in the game.
Memphis had a mark of 38-34 last season. In terms of offensive execution, the Grizzlies hit 46.7% from the floor, which ranked 18th in the league. Memphis earned 8,157 pts over the course of last season (113.3 per game) and they pulled down 46.5 boards per contest. They earned an assist 26.9 times per contest (4th in basketball) and they turned it over 13.3 times per game. The Grizzlies were responsible for committing 18.7 fouls per game and they went 77.1% from the charity stripe. The Grizzlies on defense were ranked 16th in the league in points allowed per contest with 112.3. They forced 14.8 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 46.2% from the floor (11th in basketball). The Memphis defense conceded 36.7% on shots from 3-point land (926 of 2,526) and opponents knocked down 78.8% of their foul shots. They gave up 25.4 dimes and 44.7 total boards per game, which was ranked 19th and 18th in those defensive categories.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Cleveland (+8)
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