Philadelphia 76ers vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 1/16/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Saturday, January 16, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-5.5)
FedExForum is the site where and the Memphis Grizzlies (5-6) will take on the Philadelphia 76ers (9-4) on Saturday. Memphis opens this contest as 5.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 230.
The Philadelphia 76ers faced the Miami Heat and took home the win by a score of 125-108 in their last game. Philadelphia ended the game with a 53.7% field goal percentage (44 out of 82) and converted 17 out of their 37 shots from beyond the arc. At the free throw line, the 76ers converted 20 of 24 attempts for a percentage of 83.3%. In relation to rebounding, they earned 35 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 27 assists for the game as well as earning 15 steals and 3 blocks. When talking about the defense, Philadelphia let their opponent shoot 49.4% from the floor on 40 out of 81 shooting. Miami doled out 28 assists and had 4 steals in the game. In addition, the Heat snagged 41 rebounds (9 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Miami finished the game shooting 61.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 16 of 26 attempts. They made 12 out of their 34 tries from downtown.
Shake Milton is a guy who played a role in the matchup. He left the arena with 31 points on 11 out of 15 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 27:21 mins and snagged 2 boards. Milton shot 73.3% from the floor and distributed 7 assists. Someone else that had an impact in this matchup for the 76ers was Tobias Harris. He snagged 4 rebounds and also had 2 dimes. He ended up going 53.8% from the floor in the matchup by connecting on 7-of-13 (18 points). When the final whistle blew, Harris was on the hardwood for 29:48 minutes.
Philadelphia heads into this one with a mark of 9-4 this season. They lose possession by turning the ball over 16.9 times per game and as a unit they commit 20.3 fouls every game. As a team, Philadelphia is collecting 46.8 boards per game and has 337 assists for the season, which has them ranked 3rd in the NBA in terms of passing. The 76ers are hitting 36.6% on shots from beyond the arc (163 of 445) and 76.5% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 114.3 points per outing (10th in the league) while going 47.7% from the floor. Defensively, the 76ers are forcing 15.5 turnovers per game while drawing 20.4 fouls. The 76ers defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 43.7% (201 of 265) and they surrender 44.8 rebounds per game as a team. They are 29th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 340 conceded for the year. They give up 36.6% on 3-point shots and they rank 15th in basketball in points per game allowed (110.7).
When they last stepped on the court, the Memphis Grizzlies got the victory with a final of 118-107 when they faced the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Grizzlies snagged 32 defensive boards and 15 offensive boards totaling 47 for this contest. They also stuffed 5 tries while recording 11 steals in this game. The Timberwolves were called for 18 personal fouls in the game which took the Grizzlies to the free throw line for a total of 13 shots. They were able to knock down 10 of them for a percentage of 76.9%. With regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Memphis converted 8 of 25 tries (32.0%). Overall, the Grizzlies ended up going 50 out of 106 from the floor which had them shooting 47.2%. The Grizzlies permitted the Timberwolves to knock down 39 of 90 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 43.3% for this game. They finished shooting 24.3% from three-point range by shooting 9 out of 37 and ended up going 20 of 24 at the free throw line (83.3%). In relation to rebounding, Memphis allowed Minnesota to grab 48 in all (11 on the offensive side).
Jonas Valančiūnas was important for the Grizzlies in this game. He buried 11 out of 19 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 57.9%, which earned him 24 points. Valančiūnas pulled down 16 rebounds in his 30:13 mins of time on the hardwood and had 2 dimes in this matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Memphis was Grayson Allen. He totaled 20 points in 26:28 minutes played by going 6 out of 10 shooting for the contest. Allen finished going 60.0% from the floor while also contributing 2 assists and 2 boards.
Memphis has a win-loss mark of 5-6 this season. When it comes to offensive execution, the Grizzlies are connecting on 45.0% from the field, which is 18th in the league. Memphis has accumulated 1,172 points on the season (106.5 per game) and they grab 46.1 boards per game. They are earning an assist 26.8 times per contest (5th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.5 times per game. The Grizzlies are responsible for committing 18.5 fouls per contest and they go 77.7% from the charity stripe. The Grizzlies on the defensive side of the court are 9th in basketball in PPG given up with 107.9. They have given up 24.9 assists and 45.8 rebounds on a nightly basis, ranking them 16th and 18th in basketball. The Memphis defense gives up 35.8% on 3-pointers (130 of 363) and opponents are knocking down 79.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 16.0 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 45.4% from the field (13th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-5.5)
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