New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 2/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
Odds/Point Spread: New Orleans (+1.5)
FedExForum is the site where and the Memphis Grizzlies (11-11) will take on the New Orleans Pelicans (11-15) on Tuesday. Memphis opens this game as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 228.
The New Orleans Pelicans faced off with the Detroit Pistons and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 123-112 in their last game. New Orleans wrapped up the game having earned a 44.4% FG percentage (40 out of 90) and made 9 of their 35 3-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Pelicans buried 23 of their 28 tries for a percentage of 82.1%. In the matter of pulling down boards, they earned 44 with 18 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 23 assists in the game while having 5 steals and 2 blocks. Regarding the defense, New Orleans let their opponent shoot 53.6% from the floor on 45 out of 84 shooting. Detroit dished out 34 dimes and had 3 steals in this game. Additionally, the Pistons collected 37 rebounds (9 offensive, 28 defensive) and got 8 rejections. Detroit walked away from this one shooting 80.0% at the free throw line by converting 16 of their 20 tries. They also converted 17 of 35 attempts from long range.
Brandon Ingram is a player who came through for this game. He ended up finishing with 26 points on 7 out of 19 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38:20 mins played and collected 4 boards. Ingram finished the game at 36.8% from the floor and totaled 7 assists. One more player that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Pelicans was Zion Williamson. He totaled 8 boards and also had 3 assists. He finished shooting 50.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 10-of-20 (26 points). When the final whistle blew, Williamson was on the court for 35:43 min.
New Orleans will play this game with a mark of 11-15 for the season. They have an average of 113.2 pts per game (12th in the NBA) while hitting 47.6% from the field. The Pelicans are connecting on 35.8% on shots beyond the perimeter (301 of 841) and 73.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, New Orleans is snagging 46.0 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 639 assists on the year, which has them ranked 21st in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 14.3 times per contest and as a group are committing 17.6 fouls on a nightly basis. When they are on defense, the Pelicans are able to force 13.6 turnovers every game while drawing 21.1 fouls. They rank 29th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 730 surrendered for the year. The Pelicans defense is allowing a FG percentage of 46.8% (353 of 549) and they relinquish 41.3 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are surrendering 39.0% from 3-point land and they are 23rd in the league in points per game from their opponents (114.1).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Memphis Grizzlies went home victorious with a score of 124-110 when they faced the Sacramento Kings. The Grizzlies were able to snag 34 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards for a total of 43 for the matchup. They turned away 2 tries while earning 10 steals in this contest. The Kings committed 19 personal fouls in the game which got the Grizzlies to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to knock down 15 of those for a rate of 78.9%. Regarding shots from 3-point land, Memphis knocked down 9 of 21 tries (42.9%). When the game finished, the Grizzlies shot 50 out of 94 from the floor which had them shooting 53.2%. The Grizzlies permitted the Kings to convert 41 of 82 tries from the floor which left them shooting 50.0% in this game. They finished 24.2% from three-point range by shooting 8 of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 20 of 26 from the free throw line (76.9%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Memphis permitted Sacramento to collect 33 overall (5 on the offensive side).
Jonas Valančiūnas was important for the Grizzlies in this matchup. He made 11 out of 14 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 78.6%, which earned him 25 points. Valančiūnas had 13 boards in his 26:24 minutes of time on the court and had 2 assists for the contest. One more player that ended being a contributor for Memphis was Dillon Brooks. He totaled 22 points in his 28:52 mins on the hardwood by going 10 out of 20 from the floor for the contest. Brooks finished going 50.0% from the field while also collecting 2 assists and 2 boards.
Memphis has a record of 11-11 so far this season. Memphis has totaled 2,448 pts for the season (111.3 per game) and they pull in 44.4 rebounds per contest. The Grizzlies are committing 19.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 78.3% from the free throw line. When it comes to executing on offense, the Grizzlies are hitting on 46.6% from the field, which is ranked 12th in the league. They are getting an assist 28.6 times per game (1st in the league) and they turn it over 14.1 times per game. The Grizzlies defensively are ranked 12th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 111.0. They concede 25.5 assists and 43.7 boards per contest, which ranks them 24th and 11th in the NBA. The Memphis defense concedes 38.0% from downtown (276 of 726) and their opponents are converting on 76.2% of their free throw attempts. They are forcing their opponents into 16.3 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 47.4% from the field (23rd in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Memphis (-1.5)
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