Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz Prediction, 5/26/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Location: Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (+7.5)
Vivint Arena is the site where and the Utah Jazz (52-20) will play the Memphis Grizzlies (38-34) on Wednesday in Game 2 of their series. The spread on this game has Utah as 7.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 216.5.
The Grizzlies earned the victory with a final of 112-109 in Game 1. Memphis finished having earned a 45.0% FG percentage (45 out of 100) and made 7 of their 20 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Grizzlies buried 15 of their 21 shots for a rate of 71.4%. In terms of pulling down rebounds, they earned 42 with 16 of them being offensive. They also dished out 18 dimes in this game while forcing 14 turnovers and having 12 steals. With regard to defending, Memphis allowed their opponent to shoot 42.0% from the floor on 34 out of 81 shooting. Utah recorded 20 assists and had 3 steals in the game. Furthermore, Utah snagged 50 rebounds (12 offensive, 38 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Utah went 87.9% when shooting free throws by making 29 of their 33 tries. They knocked down 12 of their 47 tries from long range.
Dillon Brooks is a player who was a contributor in this contest. He racked up 31 points on 13 of 26 shooting. He played 36:05 minutes and totaled 7 rebounds. Brooks finished shooting 50.0% from the field and also earned 2 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in this contest for the Grizzlies was Ja Morant. He pulled down 4 rebounds in 35:53 minutes on the court. He ended up shooting 52.4% from the field in the game via 11-of-21 (26 points). Overall, Morant totaled 4 assists.
Memphis heads into this matchup with a record of 38-34 for the campaign. They are averaging 113.3 points per game (15th in basketball) while shooting 46.7% from the floor. The Grizzlies are shooting 35.6% on three-point attempts (803 of 2,258) and 77.1% from the free throw line. As a team, Memphis is pulling in 46.5 boards per contest and is sitting with 1,938 assists for the year, which ranks 4th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.3 times per game and as a team are committing 18.7 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Grizzlies have forced 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.3 personal fouls. They are ranked 19th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,827 surrendered on the campaign. The Grizzlies are giving up a shooting percentage of 46.2% (1,068 of 1,318) and they surrender 44.7 boards per contest as a unit. They are giving up 36.7% on shots from downtown and they are 16th in the NBA in PPG allowed (112.3).
In their Game 1 loss, the Jazz corralled 38 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards for a total of 50 in this matchup. They also coughed it up 14 times, while getting 3 steals for the contest. The Grizzlies committed 23 fouls in the matchup which took the Jazz to the charity stripe for 33 tries. They were able to make 29 of those for a percentage of 87.9%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Utah buried 12 of 47 attempts (25.5%). When the game finished, the Jazz walked away from this one shooting 34 out of 81 from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.0%. The Jazz permitted the Grizzlies to knock down 45 of 100 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 45.0% for the game. They went 35.0% from beyond the arc by connecting on 7 out of 20 and ended up shooting 15 out of 21 at the free throw line (71.4%). With respect to rebounds, Utah allowed Memphis to collect 42 in all (16 on the offensive glass).
Bojan Bogdanovic ended up being a factor for the Jazz in this matchup. He knocked down 8 out of 16 for the contest giving him a rate of 50.0%, and accounted for 5 rebounds. Bogdanovic scored 29 points in his 33:01 mins of playing time, but left the arena with no assists. Another guy who was a determining factor for Utah was Mike Conley. He ended up walking away with 11 dimes in 33:04 mins on the hardwood, and he knocked down 6 of 18 from the floor. Conley walked away from this one going 33.3% from the floor and also contributing 22 points and 6 total rebounds.
Utah has a mark of 52-20 so far this year. Utah has totaled 8,382 pts for the campaign (116.4 per contest) and they grab 48.3 boards per game. The Jazz commit 18.5 personal fouls every game and they go 79.9% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the court, the Jazz are shooting 46.8% from the floor, which is 16th in the league. They are earning an assist 23.7 times per contest (23rd in the NBA) and they are losing possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest. The Jazz on the defensive end are ranked 3rd in the league in PPG given up with 107.2. They concede 22.3 dimes and 42.6 boards on a nightly basis, which is 1st and 7th in the NBA. The Utah defense allows 34.1% on shots from 3-point land (783 of 2,293) and opponents are converting on 76.8% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 11.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 44.7% from the field (2nd 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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