Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 3/27/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz
Date: Saturday, March 27, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+9.5)
The Utah Jazz (32-11) play the Memphis Grizzlies (21-20) at Vivint Arena on Saturday. The spread on this game has Utah as 9.5-point favorites. The total is set at 227.
The Memphis Grizzlies played the Oklahoma City Thunder and took home the win by a score of 116-107 in their last game. Memphis finished the game having earned a 47.5% field goal percentage (47 of 99) and converted 11 of their 30 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the Grizzlies converted 11 of 13 attempts for a rate of 84.6%. In relation to hauling in rebounds, they collected a total of 56 with 14 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 19 assists for the matchup in addition to forcing 14 turnovers and having 12 steals. Regarding defense, Memphis allowed the other team to shoot 45.3% from the field on 43 out of 95 shooting. Oklahoma City distributed 26 assists and had 13 steals for this game. Additionally, Oklahoma City snagged 44 boards (9 offensive, 35 defensive) and earned 10 blocked shots. Oklahoma City ended up shooting 64.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 11 of their 17 tries. They converted 10 out of their 35 attempts from distance.
Dillon Brooks is a guy who was important in the matchup. He ended up scoring 25 points on 8 of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 27:59 mins played and also totaled 3 rebounds. Brooks finished the game shooting 61.5% from the field but finished the game without an assist. One more player that was a major factor in this contest for the Grizzlies was Grayson Allen. He collected 5 rebounds in 26:06 min on the court. He ended up shooting 57.1% from the floor in this matchup via 8-of-14 (20 points). In all, Allen accounted for 2 assists.
Memphis comes into this contest with a record of 21-20 on the season. They are turning it over 13.7 times per game and as a squad they commit 18.8 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Memphis is snagging 46.0 boards per game and has 1,092 assists for the campaign, which has them ranked 16th in the league in terms of passing. The Grizzlies are shooting 34.8% on 3-pointers (431 of 1,237) and 78.6% from the charity stripe. They have an average of 111.5 pts per game (20th in basketball) while hitting 46.2% from the field. Defensively, the Grizzlies are forcing their opponents into 16.1 turnovers every game and they draw 18.1 personal fouls. They rank 11th in the league in allowing assists with 1,044 relinquished so far this season. The Grizzlies defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 46.8% (1,656 of 3,537) and they surrender 43.8 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 37.1% on shots from downtown while they are 10th in the NBA in points per game from their opponents (110.9).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Utah Jazz walked away with a victory by a final of 118-88 when they faced the Brooklyn Nets. The Jazz were able to snag 45 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 56 for this game. They also turned the ball over 11 times, while getting 6 steals in this game. The Nets had 10 fouls for this contest which got the Jazz to the charity stripe for a total of 14 attempts. They were able to knock down 13 of them for a percentage of 92.9%. When it comes to shooting from downtown, Utah converted 23 out of 55 attempts (41.8%). Overall, the Jazz shot 41 for 91 from the field which gave them a rate of 45.1%. The Jazz permitted the Nets to convert 35 of their 97 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 36.1% for this contest. They finished 20.0% from 3-point land by shooting 7 of 35 and finished the game at 11 out of 15 from the charity stripe (73.3%). Concerning rebounding, Utah allowed Brooklyn to pull down 48 overall (13 offensive).
Donovan Mitchell ended up being a factor for the Jazz in this matchup. He knocked down 11 of 18 for the matchup for a rate of 61.1%, and earned 6 rebounds. Mitchell scored 27 points in his 27:21 minutes of playing time and earned 7 dimes in this matchup. One more player who came through for Utah was Mike Conley. He finished this one with 2 dimes in 24:47 mins on the court, and he knocked down 6 out of 12 from the floor. Conley finished going 50.0% from the floor while also earning 18 points and 4 boards.
Utah has a win-loss record of 32-11 this year. The Jazz commit 18.8 fouls per contest and they go 78.5% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 23.7 times per game (21st in the NBA) and they lose possession via turnover 14.3 times per contest. Utah has accounted for 5,023 points so far this year (116.8 per game) and they pull in 48.0 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Jazz are shooting 46.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 14th in the league. The Jazz defensively are ranked 5th in the league in PPG surrendered with 108.0. They are forcing 11.7 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.0% from the field (5th in the league). The Utah defense gives up 35.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (467 of 1,330) and opponents are making 77.7% of their foul shots. They relinquish 22.4 assists and 42.7 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is 2nd and 9th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Memphis (+9.5)
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