Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 5/23/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz
Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+8.5)
The Memphis Grizzlies (38-34) head to Vivint Arena on Sunday where they'll take on the Utah Jazz (52-20). Utah opens this game as 8.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 215.5.
The Memphis Grizzlies faced the Golden State Warriors and ended up losing by a score of 113-101 in their last regular season game. Memphis ended the contest having earned a 43.5% FG percentage (40 of 92) and buried 6 of their 25 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Grizzlies made 15 of their 19 tries for a percentage of 78.9%. With respect to hauling in rebounds, they earned 39 with 12 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 25 dimes for the game while forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and getting 12 steals. Concerning defense, Memphis allowed the other team to shoot 49.4% from the field on 41 of 83 shooting. Golden State recorded 26 assists and had 9 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Golden State snagged 46 rebounds (12 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Golden State finished the contest at 88.9% when shooting free throws by making 16 of 18 shots. They knocked down 15 out of their 39 shots from distance.
Jonas Valanciunas is one guy who was important in this contest. He ended up walking away with 29 points on 12 out of 15 shooting. He played 35:30 minutes played and grabbed 16 boards. Valanciunas finished the game shooting 80.0% from the field and also dished out 1 assist. One more player that was a contributor in the game for the Grizzlies was Dillon Brooks. He snagged 2 rebounds in 29:55 minutes on the hardwood. He finished shooting 42.9% from the floor in the game by going 6-of-14 (18 points). When the final whistle blew, Brooks had 6 assists.
Memphis will play this game with a mark of 38-34 on the campaign. They are turning it over 13.3 times per contest and as a team they are committing 18.7 personal fouls per contest. As a unit, Memphis is collecting 46.5 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,938 assists for the season, which has them ranked 4th in the NBA in terms of passing. The Grizzlies are shooting 35.6% on shots from beyond the arc (803 of 2,258) and 77.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 113.3 points per contest (15th in the league) while hitting 46.7% from the field. On defense, the Grizzlies are forcing 14.8 turnovers every game and they draw 18.3 fouls. They are giving up 36.7% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 16th in the NBA in PPG allowed (112.3). The Grizzlies defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 46.2% (1,068 of 1,318) and they surrender 44.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They are ranked 19th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,827 surrendered for the season.
When they last played, the Utah Jazz took home the win by a final score of 121-99 against the Sacramento Kings. The Jazz were able to pull down 41 defensive boards and 9 offensive rebounds for a total of 50 for this game. They also coughed up the ball 16 times, while getting 9 steals for the contest. The Kings were called for 22 fouls for the matchup which got the Jazz to the free throw line for a total of 25 shots. They were able to make 21 of them for a clip of 84.0%. In regard to shots from downtown, Utah converted 18 of their 39 tries (46.2%). Overall, the Jazz went 41 out of 86 from the floor which gave them a rate of 47.7%. The Jazz permitted the Kings to make 42 of their 90 tries from the floor which had them shooting 46.7% in this contest. They finished 30.0% from beyond the arc by shooting 9 out of 30 and ended up shooting 6 out of 10 at the free throw line (60.0%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Utah allowed Sacramento to snag 39 in all (5 offensive).
Bojan Bogdanovic ended up having an impact for the Jazz in this matchup. He knocked down 5 of 15 for the contest giving him a rate of 33.3%, and had 6 rebounds. Bogdanovic scored 18 points in his 30:11 minutes on the court and tallied 4 assists for this contest. Someone else who came through for Utah was Rudy Gobert. He left the arena with 1 assist in 27:56 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 6 out of 8 from the floor. Gobert wrapped this one up going 75.0% from the field and also earning 13 points and 16 boards.
Utah has a record of 52-20 for the season. The Jazz commit 18.5 personal fouls every game while shooting 79.9% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 23.7 times per game (23rd in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.2 times per game. Utah has tallied 8,382 pts for the season (116.4 per game) and they collect 48.3 rebounds per contest. As an offense, the Jazz are shooting 46.8% from the floor, which ranks 16th in basketball. The Jazz on the defensive end are ranked 3rd in the league in points allowed per game with 107.2. They have forced 11.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 44.7% from the field (2nd in the NBA). The Utah defense gives up 34.1% on 3-point shots (783 of 2,293) and opponents are knocking down 76.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have allowed 22.3 assists and 42.6 rebounds per game, which is 1st and 7th in the league.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Utah (-8.5) and over 215.5 points
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