Milwaukee Bucks vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 3/4/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Milwaukee Bucks vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Milwaukee (-6)
FedExForum is the venue where and the Memphis Grizzlies (16-15) will take on the Milwaukee Bucks (21-14) on Thursday. Milwaukee opens this matchup as 6-point favorites. The total opens at 237.
The Milwaukee Bucks played the Denver Nuggets and took a loss by a score of 128-97 in their last game. Milwaukee walked away from the contest with a 40.5% field goal percentage (32 out of 79) and converted 11 out of their 40 three-point shots. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Bucks converted 22 of their 31 tries for a percentage of 71.0%. When it comes to pulling down boards, they collected 40 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 22 assists for this game as well as forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and getting 4 steals. In relation to defending, Milwaukee allowed 55.8% from the field on 53 of 95 shooting. Denver distributed 28 dimes and had 10 steals in this game. Furthurmore, Denver collected 45 rebounds (9 offensive, 36 defensive) and earned 3 blocked shots. Denver shot 91.7% from the charity stripe by making 11 of their 12 tries. They knocked down 11 out of their 30 shots from long range.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a player who was a factor in the game. He ended up finishing with 27 points on 10 out of 15 shooting. He saw the court for 32:59 mins and pulled down 8 rebounds. Antetokounmpo ended up going 66.7% from the floor and distributed 3 assists. An additional guy that came through in this matchup for the Bucks was Khris Middleton. He snagged 4 rebounds in 29:06 min on the court. He shot 50.0% from the field for the contest by shooting 6-of-12 (20 points). When the time ran out, Middleton totaled 6 assists.
Milwaukee will enter this matchup with a mark of 21-14 on the year. They lose possession via turnover 13.5 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 17.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Milwaukee is snagging 48.1 boards per game and has accounted for 906 dimes on the campaign, which has them ranked 6th in basketball in terms of passing the ball. The Bucks are hitting 39.0% on three-point attempts (513 of 1,315) and 73.3% from the free throw line. They average 119.0 points per game (2nd in the league) while going 48.6% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Bucks are forcing their opponents into 12.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 18.5 personal fouls. They rank 20th in basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 870 relinquished so far this year. The Bucks are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.7% (450 of 649) and they relinquish 43.3 rebounds per game as a unit. They are surrendering 37.7% on 3-pointers and they rank 19th in basketball in PPG allowed (112.6).
The last time they took the court, the Memphis Grizzlies took home the win by a final score of 125-111 against the Washington Wizards. The Grizzlies were able to snag 35 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 44 in the game. They gave up possession of the ball 11 times, while recording 15 steals for this contest. The Wizards committed 20 fouls for the matchup which got the Grizzlies to the charity stripe for 23 shots. They were able to knock down 18 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 78.3%. With regard to 3-point shots, Memphis made 13 of 29 tries (44.8%). Overall, the Grizzlies shot 47 out of 95 from the floor which had them at 49.5%. The Grizzlies allowed the Wizards to knock down 41 of 81 tries from the floor which left them with a rate of 50.6% in this matchup. They finished the game shooting 35.5% from distance by going 11 of 31 and finished the contest at 18 out of 25 at the charity stripe (72.0%). With respect to cleaning up the glass, Memphis permitted Washington to snag 37 in total (4 on the offensive side).
Ja Morant ended up being a factor for the Grizzlies for this contest. He made 11 out of 18 in this contest for a rate of 61.1%, and accounted for 5 rebounds. Morant had 35 points in his 33:02 mins on the court and tallied 10 dimes in this game. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Memphis was Dillon Brooks. He accumulated 2 assists in his 31:24 minutes played, and he shot 8 of 19 from the floor. Brooks wrapped this one up going 42.1% from the field while earning 20 points and 3 rebounds.
Memphis has a mark of 16-15 for the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Grizzlies are hitting on 46.6% from the field, which is ranked 14th in the NBA. Memphis has accounted for 3,460 pts on the season (111.6 per contest) and they average 44.7 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 27.2 times per contest (2nd in the league) and they are turning it over 13.8 times per game. The Grizzlies are committing 18.8 fouls every game and they go 78.7% from the free throw line. The Grizzlies on defense are ranked 9th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 110.7. The Memphis defense allows 37.7% on 3-point shots (408 of 1,082) and their opposition makes 77.4% of their foul shots. They relinquish 25.5 dimes and 43.4 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 22nd and 13th in the NBA. They are forcing 16.8 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.2% from the field (21st in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Milwaukee (-6)
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