Miami Heat vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 3/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Miami Heat vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Miami (-3)
The Miami Heat (21-18) are headed to FedExForum on Wednesday where they'll take on the Memphis Grizzlies (17-19). The line on this matchup has Miami as 3-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 220.
The Miami Heat stepped onto the hardwood against the Orlando Magic and went home with a win by a final score of 102-97 in their last contest. Miami wrapped up the contest with a 41.6% field goal percentage (37 out of 89) and knocked down 14 out of their 50 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Heat converted 14 of their 15 shots for a percentage of 93.3%. When it comes to grabbing rebounds, they earned 43 with 10 of them being offensive. They also doled out 28 assists for the game while forcing 23 turnovers and getting 15 steals. In terms of defense, Miami allowed their opponent to shoot 44.0% from the floor on 33 out of 75 shooting. Orlando recorded 25 assists and had 4 steals in the game. Additionally, Orlando totaled 45 rebounds (8 offensive, 37 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Orlando finished the game shooting 71.4% from the free throw line by making 15 of their 21 shots. They also converted 16 out of their 40 tries from long range.
Jimmy Butler is one player who came through for the contest. He recorded 29 points on 10 out of 17 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36:29 mins played and also pulled down 7 rebounds. Butler went 58.8% from the floor and also earned 9 assists. Another guy that had an impact in this matchup for the Heat was Kelly Olynyk. He snagged 7 rebounds in his 34:11 min played. He finished the game at 66.7% from the field in the game by connecting on 6-of-9 (18 points). Overall, Olynyk totaled 4 assists.
Miami enters this game with a mark of 21-18 so far this season. They currently have an average of 106.6 pts per contest (26th in the NBA) while shooting 46.1% from the floor. The Heat are hitting 34.9% on three-point attempts (502 of 1,438) and 79.1% from the charity stripe. As a team, Miami is snagging 42.4 rebounds per contest and has earned 1,010 assists on the season, which is 9th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They are turning it over 15.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 19.3 fouls every game. When they are on the defensive end, the Heat are able to force 15.4 turnovers per game while drawing 20.6 personal fouls. They rank 22nd in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 985 surrendered this year. The Heat are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 44.3% (602 of 804) and they concede 44.1 boards per contest as a squad. They are relinquishing 36.4% on three-point shots and they are 3rd in basketball in PPG allowed (107.5).
When they last played, the Memphis Grizzlies took a loss by a final score of 122-99 when they played the Phoenix Suns. The Grizzlies pulled down 29 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 39 for this contest. They also turned the ball over 10 times, while earning 11 steals in the matchup. The Suns had 19 personal fouls for this game which got the Grizzlies to the charity stripe for a total of 26 attempts. They were able to knock down 18 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 69.2%. Concerning 3-point shots, Memphis made 5 out of 23 attempts (21.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Grizzlies finished shooting 38 for 87 from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.7%. The Grizzlies permitted the Suns to knock down 47 of their 83 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 56.6% for this contest. They went 40.0% from distance by going 12 of 30 and ended up shooting 16 out of 18 at the free throw line (88.9%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Memphis permitted Phoenix to pull down 42 in all (5 on the offensive glass).
Jonas Valanciunas ended up having an impact for the Grizzlies in the game. He knocked down 11 out of 14 for this contest for a field goal percentage of 78.6%, and accumulated 17 rebounds. Valanciunas accumulated 24 points in his 26:46 minutes on the hardwood, but wrapped up this contest with no dimes. An additional guy who came through for Memphis was Ja Morant. He walked away with 4 dimes in 28:31 mins played, and he shot 4 out of 12 from the floor. Morant walked away from this one going 33.3% from the floor while also earning 15 points and 3 rebounds.
Memphis has a win-loss record of 17-19 on the year. As an offensive unit, the Grizzlies are shooting 46.6% from the floor, which is 15th in basketball. Memphis has 4,021 points for the campaign (111.7 per game) and they average 44.9 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 26.8 times per game (5th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.6 times per contest. The Grizzlies have committed 19.0 fouls per contest and they go 78.4% from the free throw line. The Grizzlies on the defensive side of the court are 12th in the league in PPG given up with 111.4. They have allowed 25.4 assists and 43.6 boards every game, which is ranked 22nd and 15th in basketball. The Memphis defense gives up 37.6% on shots from distance (470 of 1,250) and their opponents are making 78.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing their opponents into 16.6 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 47.3% from the field (22nd in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Memphis (+3) and under 220 points
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