Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 3/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz
Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+10.5)
The Memphis Grizzlies (21-20) are headed to Vivint Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Utah Jazz (32-11). Memphis opens this matchup as 10.5-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 228.5.
The Memphis Grizzlies faced off with the Oklahoma City Thunder and notched a win by a score of 116-107 in their last contest. Memphis walked away from the contest with a 47.5% field goal percentage (47 out of 99) and converted 11 out of their 30 3-point attempts. From the charity stripe, the Grizzlies knocked down 11 of 13 shots for a rate of 84.6%. With regard to pulling down boards, they earned 56 with 14 of them being offensive. They also recorded 19 assists for the game as well as forcing 14 turnovers and getting 12 steals. In regard to the defense, Memphis let their opponent shoot 45.3% from the field on 43 out of 95 shooting. Oklahoma City doled out 26 dimes and had 13 steals in the matchup. Additionally, Oklahoma City pulled down 44 boards (9 offensive, 35 defensive) and earned 10 blocked shots. Oklahoma City shot 64.7% from the charity stripe by burying 11 of 17 attempts. They also converted 10 of their 35 tries from beyond the arc.
Dillon Brooks is a guy who was a major factor for the game. He scored 25 points on 8 of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 27:59 mins played and totaled 3 boards. Brooks ended up going 61.5% from the floor but didn't record a dime. Another guy that was a factor in this matchup for the Grizzlies was Grayson Allen. He grabbed 5 rebounds in 26:06 min played on the night. He ended up going 57.1% from the floor in this game by shooting 8-of-14 (20 points). Overall, Allen accounted for 2 assists.
Memphis enters this contest with a mark of 21-20 so far this year. The Grizzlies are hitting 34.8% on shots from 3-point land (431 of 1,237) and 78.6% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 111.5 pts per contest (20th in the NBA) while hitting 46.2% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 13.7 times per game and as a squad they commit 18.8 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Memphis is collecting 46.0 boards per game and has earned 1,092 assists for the campaign, which ranks 15th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. When they are on defense, the Grizzlies have forced 16.1 turnovers every game while drawing 18.1 fouls. The Grizzlies defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 46.8% (661 of 741) and they concede 43.8 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 13th in the NBA in allowing assists with 1,044 surrendered for the season. They are surrendering 37.1% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 10th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (110.9).
When they last played, the Utah Jazz walked away with a victory by a final of 118-88 when they faced the Brooklyn Nets. The Jazz recorded 45 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 56 for the game. They also coughed it up 11 times, while getting 6 steals for the contest. The Nets earned 10 personal fouls for this game which got the Jazz to the free throw line for a total of 14 shots. They were able to bury 13 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 92.9%. With respect to shots from 3-point land, Utah buried 23 out of 55 attempts (41.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Jazz shot 41 out of 91 from the floor which had them at 45.1%. The Jazz permitted the Nets to make 35 of their 97 tries from the field which had them sitting at 36.1% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 20.0% from downtown by going 7 of 35 and ended up going 11 out of 15 at the free throw line (73.3%). In the matter of how they attacked the glass, Utah allowed Brooklyn to grab 48 overall (13 on the offensive glass).
Donovan Mitchell ended up being a factor for the Jazz for this contest. He converted 11 out of 18 for the game for a rate of 61.1%, and tallied 6 rebounds. Mitchell earned 27 points in his 27:21 mins of playing time and earned 7 dimes for the game. An additional guy that played a role for Utah was Mike Conley. He walked away with 2 assists in 24:47 mins on the court, and he put in 6 of 12 from the floor. Conley ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor in addition to totaling 18 points and 4 total rebounds.
Utah has a win-loss record of 32-11 on the year. Utah has 5,023 pts so far this season (116.8 per contest) and they grab 48.0 rebounds per contest. The Jazz have committed 18.8 fouls every game and they hit 78.5% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Jazz are connecting on 46.7% from the floor, which ranks them 14th in the league. They are dishing out assists 23.7 times per game (21st in basketball) and they turn it over 14.3 times per game. The Jazz on the defensive end are ranked 5th in the league in PPG given up with 108.0. The Utah defense surrenders 35.1% on shots from distance (467 of 1,330) and their opposition makes 77.7% of their foul shots. They concede 22.4 assists and 42.7 rebounds every game, which ranks them 2nd and 9th in the NBA. They have forced 11.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.0% from the field (5th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Memphis (+10.5)
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