Memphis Grizzlies vs Houston Rockets Prediction, 3/29/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Houston Rockets
Date: Monday, March 29, 2021
Location: Toyota Center in Houston, TX
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (-5)
The Houston Rockets (13-32) host the Memphis Grizzlies (21-22) at Toyota Center on Monday. The line on this game has Memphis as 5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 221.5.
The Memphis Grizzlies stepped onto the hardwood against the Utah Jazz and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 126-110 in their last game. Memphis finished the game with a 40.2% FG percentage (39 of 97) and knocked down 9 of their 33 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Grizzlies knocked down 23 of 30 shots for a percentage of 76.7%. With regard to hauling in boards, they earned 47 with 16 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 24 dimes in this game as well as forcing 21 turnovers and getting 16 steals. When discussing defense, Memphis allowed their opponent to shoot 50.0% from the floor on 46 of 92 shooting. Utah earned 22 dimes and had 8 steals for the contest. On top of that, Utah grabbed 52 rebounds (13 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 2 rejections. Utah walked away from this one shooting 75.0% from the free throw line by knocking down 15 of their 20 tries. They also made 19 of their 45 attempts from long range.
Kyle Anderson is a guy who was a major contributor for the game. He finished with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 21:31 minutes played and collected 2 boards. Anderson went 60.0% from the floor and also earned 4 dimes. One more player that was a factor in this game for the Grizzlies was Jonas Valanciunas. He collected 11 rebounds in his 20:41 minutes played on the night. He finished shooting 50.0% from the floor for this game by going 5-of-10 (13 points). When all was said and done, Valanciunas earned 2 assists.
Memphis will enter this contest with a win-loss record of 21-22 so far this season. They cough up possession 13.6 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 18.5 fouls every game. As a unit, Memphis is pulling in 46.0 rebounds per game and has tallied 1,143 assists this year, which has them ranked 13th in the league in terms of passing. The Grizzlies are hitting 34.8% on shots beyond the perimeter (452 of 1,300) and 78.5% from the free throw line. They average 111.5 pts per game (20th in the league) while hitting 46.1% from the field. When they are on the defensive end, the Grizzlies are forcing 16.0 turnovers per game and they draw 18.1 fouls. They currently rank 12th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,091 surrendered on the campaign. The Grizzlies are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.9% (690 of 778) and they relinquish 44.2 boards per contest as a unit. They are relinquishing 37.3% from 3-point land and they rank 16th in basketball in points per game allowed (111.4).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Houston Rockets took home the win by a final score of 129-107 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Rockets snagged 31 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards for a total of 41 for this contest. They coughed up the ball 12 times, while getting 7 steals in this game. The Timberwolves committed 15 fouls in the game which got the Rockets to the charity stripe for a total of 13 attempts. They were able to bury 11 of those for a clip of 84.6%. In reference to three-point shots, Houston made 18 of 39 attempts (46.2%). When all was said and done, the Rockets finished the game shooting 50 for 92 from the field which gave them a rate of 54.3%. The Rockets allowed the Timberwolves to convert 36 of their 85 attempts from the floor which gave them a percentage of 42.4% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 32.5% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 13 out of 40 and finished the game at 22 out of 28 from the charity stripe (78.6%). In the matter of rebounding, Houston allowed Minnesota to collect 40 in all (10 on the offensive side).
Kevin Porter pitched in for the Rockets in this matchup. He converted 10 out of 15 for this contest for a field goal rate of 66.7%, and earned 4 rebounds. Porter had 25 points in his 30:40 minutes on the court and added 2 assists for the contest. Someone else that was important for Houston was Kelly Olynyk. He ended up with 4 dimes in 25:09 mins on the court, and he converted 5 out of 8 from the floor. Olynyk wrapped this one up going 62.5% from the floor while also contributing 16 points and 4 total rebounds.
Houston has a record of 13-32 so far this season. As an offensive unit, the Rockets are connecting on 43.6% from the field, which is 29th in the league. Houston has 4,825 pts on the season (107.2 per contest) and they collect 42.4 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 22.5 times per contest (28th in the league) and they are giving up possession 14.4 times per contest. The Rockets are committing 20.1 fouls every game and they connect on 74.3% from the free throw line. The Rockets on the defensive side of the court are 22nd in the NBA in points given up per game with 113.3. The Houston defense gives up 37.1% on 3-point shots (570 of 1,537) and opponents are knocking down 78.0% of their foul shots. They concede 24.2 dimes and 48.3 rebounds every game, which is ranked 13th and 29th in the NBA. They are forcing 15.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.6% from the floor (15th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Houston (+5)
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