Memphis Grizzlies vs Phoenix Suns Prediction, 3/15/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Phoenix Suns
Date: Monday, March 15, 2021
Location: Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, AZ
TV: Fox Sports Arizona
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+7.5)
Phoenix Suns Arena is the venue where and the Phoenix Suns (25-12) will play the Memphis Grizzlies (17-17) on Monday. Phoenix opens this game as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 228.
The Memphis Grizzlies played the Denver Nuggets and went home with a loss by a final score of 103-102 in their last game. Memphis ended with a 46.0% field goal percentage (40 of 87) and converted 14 out of their 28 three-point shots. From the free throw line, the Grizzlies knocked down 8 of their 8 shots for a percentage of 100.0%. With regard to rebounding, they collected a total of 45 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 27 dimes in the game as well as forcing the opposition into 9 turnovers and earning 6 steals. Pertaining to defending, Memphis let their opponent shoot 44.6% from the floor on 41 out of 92 shooting. Denver earned 27 dimes and had 10 steals for this contest. On top of that, Denver pulled down 45 rebounds (9 offensive, 36 defensive) and had 5 blocks. Denver finished the game shooting 72.7% at the charity stripe by burying 8 of their 11 tries. They also converted 13 out of their 37 attempts from downtown.
Dillon Brooks is one player who played a role in the game. He left the arena with 20 points on 8 of 20 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33:49 mins and also collected 3 rebounds. Brooks finished 40.0% from the field and also dished out 3 dimes. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Grizzlies was Ja Morant. He had 4 rebounds in 34:01 minutes played on the night. He finished the game shooting 31.3% from the field for the contest by hitting 5-of-16 (16 points). In all, Morant accounted for 9 assists.
Memphis comes into this contest with a mark of 17-17 on the season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.9 times per contest and as a squad they are committing 19.0 personal fouls per game. As a team, Memphis is pulling down 45.5 boards per contest and has accumulated 922 dimes this season, which ranks 17th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Grizzlies are hitting 35.8% on three-point shots (368 of 1,027) and 79.0% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 111.8 pts per game (19th in the NBA) while connecting on 46.5% from the field. When they are on defense, the Grizzlies are forcing their opponents into 16.4 turnovers per game and they draw 18.0 personal fouls. They surrender 37.2% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 9th in the league in PPG allowed (110.6). The Grizzlies defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.8% (557 of 612) and they concede 43.6 boards per contest as a squad. They rank 6th in basketball in allowing assists with 862 relinquished for the season.
For their last game, the Phoenix Suns took a loss by a final score of 122-111 against the Indiana Pacers. The Suns were able to snag 30 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 for the game. They also turned the ball over 16 times, while recording 9 steals in the game. The Pacers committed 18 fouls in the matchup which took the Suns to the free throw line for a total of 17 shots. They were able to bury 13 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 76.5%. When discussing shots from beyond the arc, Phoenix knocked down 12 out of their 31 tries (38.7%). When all was said and done, the Suns finished 43 for 91 from the field which had them at 47.3%. The Suns permitted the Pacers to convert 46 out of their 87 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 52.9% for the game. They finished the game shooting 46.4% from downtown by going 13 of 28 and ended up shooting 17 out of 21 from the free throw line (81.0%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Phoenix permitted Indiana to grab 45 overall (9 on the offensive side).
Devin Booker ended up being a factor for the Suns for the game. He made 9 of 20 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 45.0%, and had 4 rebounds. Booker tallied 20 points in his 36:51 mins of playing time and accumulated 7 assists in the matchup. An additional guy that was important for Phoenix was Mikal Bridges. He ended up walking away with 2 dimes in his 31:56 mins played, and he shot 6 out of 12 from the floor. Bridges ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor in addition to collecting 14 points but didn't grab a rebound.
Phoenix has a win-loss record of 25-12 on the season. Phoenix has totaled 4,213 points for the season (113.9 per contest) and they snag 43.2 rebounds per game. The Suns commit 19.5 fouls per game and they shoot 83.2% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Suns are connecting on 48.7% from the floor, which is ranked 2nd in the league. They are earning an assist 27.2 times per game (2nd in basketball) and they are giving up possession 13.1 times per contest. The Suns are ranked 5th in the league in PPG given up with 107.9. The Phoenix defense allows 34.9% on shots from distance (418 of 1,198) and opponents are connecting on 77.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 22.1 dimes and 43.3 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 2nd and 11th in the NBA. They are able to force 13.2 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.0% from the floor (9th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Memphis (+7.5)
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