Memphis Grizzlies vs Dallas Mavericks Prediction, 2/22/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Dallas Mavericks
Date: Monday, February 22, 2021
Location: American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+4.5)
The Memphis Grizzlies (13-13) are headed to American Airlines Center on Monday where they'll meet the Dallas Mavericks (13-15). Dallas opens this matchup as 4.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 228.5.
The Memphis Grizzlies stepped onto the hardwood against the Phoenix Suns and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 128-97 in their last game. Memphis ended the game with a 38.7% FG percentage (36 of 93) and knocked down 5 of their 33 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Grizzlies buried 20 of their 23 attempts for a rate of 87.0%. When it comes to rebounding, they earned 50 with 17 of them being offensive. They also recorded 19 assists in this game as well as earning 4 steals and 3 rejections. Pertaining to defense, Memphis allowed the other team to shoot 53.5% from the floor on 46 of 86 shooting. Phoenix totaled 35 dimes and had 5 steals for this contest. On top of that, the Suns collected 41 boards (5 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 7 blocks. Phoenix shot 92.3% from the charity stripe by burying 12 of 13 tries. They converted 24 out of their 46 tries from beyond the arc.
Ja Morant is one player who was a contributor in the game. He ended up scoring 12 points on 5 out of 12 shooting. He played 26:50 minutes played and also totaled 5 boards. Morant ended up going 41.7% from the field and also dished out 5 assists. Another guy that was a factor in the game for the Grizzlies was De'Anthony Melton. He collected 6 rebounds and also accumulated 4 assists. He finished the contest at 41.7% from the floor in this game by shooting 5-of-12 (11 points). In all, Melton was on the hardwood for 26:46 minutes.
Memphis will enter this matchup with a mark of 13-13 on the year. The Grizzlies are connecting on 35.9% on shots beyond the perimeter (289 of 805) and 79.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 111.1 points per game (20th in basketball) while hitting 46.5% from the field. They are giving up possession 14.1 times per game and as a group they commit 18.4 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Memphis is pulling down 44.3 boards per contest and has earned 722 dimes for the campaign, which ranks 16th in basketball in terms of passing. When they are on defense, the Grizzlies are forcing their opponents into 16.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.7 fouls. They concede 39.3% on shots from downtown while they are 17th in the NBA in opponents points per game (112.4). The Grizzlies defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 47.9% (1,072 of 2,236) and they surrender 43.6 rebounds per game as a team. They currently rank 10th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 682 surrendered on the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Dallas Mavericks took a defeat with a final score of 121-118 when they played the Portland Blazers. The Mavericks pulled down 25 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 35 for the game. They blocked 6 attempts while recording 5 steals for the game. The Blazers were called for 23 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Mavericks to the charity stripe for a total of 25 shots. They were able to make 24 of the free throws for a rate of 96.0%. Regarding shooting from 3-point land, Dallas made 14 out of their 41 tries (34.1%). Overall, the Mavericks finished 40 for 81 from the floor which had them shooting 49.4%. The Mavericks permitted the Blazers to make 45 of 85 attempts from the floor which had them at 52.9% in the game. They shot 45.0% from distance by shooting 18 of 40 and finished the game at 13 out of 19 at the free throw line (68.4%). In regard to rebounding, Dallas permitted Portland to snag 36 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Luka Dončić ended up being important for the Mavericks for the contest. He converted 14 out of 20 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 70.0%, which got him 44 points. Dončić grabbed 7 rebounds in his 36:21 minutes of playing time and had 9 assists in the game. Another guy that was pivotal for Dallas was Kristaps Porziņģis. He ended up scoring 18 points in his 31:11 minutes on the hardwood by way of 5 of 9 shooting in this matchup. Porziņģis ended up shooting 55.6% from the field and also contributing 2 dimes and 8 rebounds.
Dallas has a win-loss record of 13-15 on the year. The Mavericks commit 21.0 personal fouls per game and they go 78.5% from the free throw line. Their rate of earning assists is at 23.1 times per game (25th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 12.1 times per game. Dallas has accounted for 3,160 points for the campaign (112.9 per contest) and they grab 42.3 boards per contest. As an offense, the Mavericks are connecting on 46.5% from the floor, which ranks 13th in the league. The Mavericks on the defensive side of the court are 23rd in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 114.6. They are forcing their opponents into 13.7 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 47.2% from the floor (20th in basketball). The Dallas defense concedes 37.6% on 3-pointers (385 of 1,023) and their opposition knocks down 76.9% of their free throw shots. They have relinquished 23.8 dimes and 45.5 total rebounds per game, which is ranked 10th and 22nd in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Dallas (-4.5)
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