Memphis Grizzlies vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 5/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Amalie Arena is the venue where and the Toronto Raptors (27-40) will play the Memphis Grizzlies (33-33) on Saturday.
The Memphis Grizzlies took the court against the Detroit Pistons and ended up losing by a score of 111-97 in their last contest. Memphis wrapped up the game with a 42.7% field goal percentage (38 of 89) and made 10 out of their 37 three-point attempts. At the free throw line, the Grizzlies knocked down 11 of 17 attempts for a percentage of 64.7%. With regard to pulling down boards, they earned 42 with 12 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 25 assists in the matchup as well as forcing the other team into 11 turnovers and having 7 steals. In terms of defense, Memphis allowed their opponent to shoot 53.0% from the floor on 44 out of 83 shooting. Detroit doled out 24 dimes and had 9 steals for this contest. Moreover, Detroit pulled down 39 boards (5 offensive, 34 defensive) and earned 5 blocked shots. Detroit ended up going 85.7% when shooting free throws by making 12 of their 14 tries. They knocked down 11 of 28 shots from beyond the arc.
Ja Morant is a guy who was a contributor in this game. He recorded 20 points on 7 out of 15 shooting. He was on the court for 36:40 mins and snagged 3 boards. Morant finished the game at 46.7% from the field and also earned 5 assists. Another guy that played a role in this matchup for the Grizzlies was Jonas Valanciunas. He grabbed 16 rebounds in 31:30 minutes on the court. He went 75.0% from the field for the game by connecting on 9-of-12 (19 points). When the game finished, Valanciunas earned 2 assists.
Memphis comes into this matchup with a record of 33-33 for the season. They are turning it over 13.2 times per game and as a group they are committing 18.8 fouls per game. As a team, Memphis is collecting 46.4 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,771 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 8th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Grizzlies are connecting on 35.7% on shots from downtown (736 of 2,061) and 77.6% from the charity stripe. They average 113.3 pts per contest (13th in the league) while hitting 46.6% from the field. On the defensive end, the Grizzlies have forced 15.0 turnovers per game while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are 19th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,677 conceded so far this season. The Grizzlies defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 46.6% (990 of 1,208) and they relinquish 44.7 rebounds per game as a group. They relinquish 36.9% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 19th in the NBA in opponents points per game (112.7).
When they last stepped on the court, the Toronto Raptors went home defeated by a final of 131-129 when they faced the Washington Wizards. The Raptors were able to collect 32 defensive rebounds and 18 offensive boards for a total of 50 for the contest. They also coughed it up 12 times, while getting 9 steals in this contest. The Wizards were called for 22 fouls for this game which got the Raptors to the charity stripe for 27 tries. They were able to make 21 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 77.8%. In reference to shots from 3-point land, Toronto knocked down 14 of their 38 tries (36.8%). Overall, the Raptors finished 47 out of 105 from the floor which had them shooting 44.8%. The Raptors permitted the Wizards to bury 41 out of their 94 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 43.6% in this game. They went 43.3% from distance by shooting 13 of 30 and walked away from this one shooting 36 of 43 from the free throw line (83.7%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Toronto permitted Washington to get 47 in all (11 on the offensive glass).
Pascal Siakam ended up having an impact for the Raptors for this game. He made 17 of 28 for this game giving him a field goal percentage of 60.7%, and had 11 rebounds. Siakam had 44 points in his 42:13 minutes of playing time and earned 7 dimes in this matchup. One more player that ended being a contributor for Toronto was Gary Trent Jr.. He came away with 1 assist in 36:06 mins on the court, and he converted 8 of 16 from the floor. Trent finished going 50.0% from the field and also collecting 25 points and 3 boards.
Toronto has a record of 27-40 for the season. Toronto has accumulated 7,491 pts for the year (111.8 per contest) and they pull in 41.6 boards per game. The Raptors commit 21.5 personal fouls every game and they hit 82.1% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Raptors are connecting on 45.0% from the field, which has them ranked 26th in basketball. They are dishing out assists 24.4 times per contest (18th in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 13.3 times per contest. The Raptors on the defensive end are ranked 13th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 111.5. They have allowed 25.8 dimes and 45.6 boards per game, which ranks them 25th and 22nd in basketball. The Toronto defense gives up 37.8% on shots from 3-point land (927 of 2,451) and their opponents are making 79.6% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 16.2 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.9% from the field (7th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Memphis
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