Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Pelicans Prediction, 2/6/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Pelicans
Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021
Location: Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA
TV: Fox Sports New Orleans
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+2)
The New Orleans Pelicans (8-12) host the Memphis Grizzlies (9-8) at Smoothie King Center on Saturday. Memphis opens this contest as 2-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 226.
The Memphis Grizzlies took the court against the Houston Rockets and ended up losing by a score of 115-103 in their last contest. Memphis finished the game with a 42.5% FG percentage (37 out of 87) and made 12 out of their 35 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Grizzlies knocked down 17 of their 24 tries for a rate of 70.8%. In terms of rebounding, they earned a total of 43 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 28 assists in the matchup in addition to earning 10 steals and 6 rejections. In the matter of defending, Memphis let their opponent shoot 47.1% from the floor on 41 out of 87 shooting. Houston distributed 26 assists and had 8 steals for this game. In addition, the Rockets collected 44 rebounds (8 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 3 rejections. Houston shot 82.4% at the charity stripe by converting 14 of their 17 attempts. They also knocked down 19 of their 45 shots from beyond the arc.
Ja Morant is someone who played a role for the contest. He recorded 15 points on 6 of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28:39 mins and also collected 3 boards. Morant ended up going 40.0% from the floor and distributed 4 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Grizzlies was Brandon Clarke. He pulled down 5 rebounds and earned 2 assists. He walked away from this one shooting 46.2% from the floor for the matchup by shooting 6-of-13 (13 points). When the game finished, Clarke was on the court for 26:56 min.
Memphis comes into this contest with a mark of 9-8 this year. The Grizzlies are shooting 35.5% on shots from 3-point land (184 of 518) and 77.2% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 109.8 points per outing (21st in the NBA) while hitting 46.3% from the floor. They turn it over 14.1 times per game and as a unit are committing 18.8 fouls every game. As a team, Memphis is collecting 45.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 479 assists for the campaign, which ranks 25th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. On defense, the Grizzlies have forced 16.4 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.2 fouls. They are 1st in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 436 conceded this year. The Grizzlies are giving up a field goal percentage of 46.1% (683 of 1,482) and they concede 45.1 boards per game as a team. They concede 37.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 8th in the NBA in points per game allowed (109.3).
When they last stepped on the court, the New Orleans Pelicans walked away with a victory by a final of 123-101 when they faced the Phoenix Suns. The Pelicans snagged 32 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards for a total of 44 for the game. They also blocked 3 attempts while getting 7 steals in the matchup. The Suns earned 18 fouls for the contest which got the Pelicans to the free throw line for a total of 21 tries. They were able to bury 17 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 81.0%. In regard to shooting from 3-point land, New Orleans made 14 out of 33 attempts (42.4%). When the final whistle was blown, the Pelicans shot 46 out of 90 from the field which gave them a rate of 51.1%. The Pelicans allowed the Suns to bury 38 of their 82 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.3% for this contest. They finished 22.9% from 3-point land by hitting 8 out of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 17 of 20 from the charity stripe (85.0%). When it comes to cleaning the glass, New Orleans permitted Phoenix to snag 39 overall (11 on the offensive side).
Zion Williamson ended up being a major contributor for the Pelicans for the contest. He made 12 out of 14 for the contest for a field goal rate of 85.7%, which gave him 28 points. Williamson snagged 7 rebounds in his 32:20 mins of time on the hardwood and had 6 assists in the matchup. One more player who came through for New Orleans was Brandon Ingram. He notched 23 points in his 32:58 mins played via 7 of 17 shooting in the game. Ingram walked away from this one going 41.2% from the floor while also earning 6 assists and 4 boards.
New Orleans has a record of 8-12 so far this year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Pelicans are shooting 46.6% from the field, which ranks 11th in the league. New Orleans has totaled 2,222 pts for the campaign (111.1 per contest) and they collect 46.7 boards per game. They are earning an assist 23.9 times per game (18th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.9 times per game. The Pelicans commit 17.9 personal fouls every game and they go 71.8% from the charity stripe. The Pelicans are ranked 20th in the NBA in points given up per game with 112.5. They are able to force 14.2 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 45.9% from the floor (12th in the NBA). The New Orleans defense surrenders 37.2% on 3-point shots (307 of 825) and their opposition makes 81.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They concede 27.4 assists and 42.3 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 29th and 5th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take New Orleans (-2)
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