Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 2/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Phoenix (-1.5)
The Memphis Grizzlies (12-12) play the Phoenix Suns (17-10) at FedExForum on Saturday. The spread on this contest has Phoenix as 1.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 226.5.
The Phoenix Suns faced the Brooklyn Nets and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 128-124 in their last game. Phoenix finished the contest with a 54.5% FG percentage (48 out of 88) and buried 16 of their 37 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the free throw line, the Suns knocked down 12 of 12 tries for a percentage of 100.0%. When it comes to grabbing boards, they collected a total of 34 with 4 of them being offensive. They also doled out 28 assists for the contest while having 7 steals and 3 blocked shots. When it comes to defense, Phoenix allowed their opponent to shoot 57.3% from the floor on 47 of 82 shooting. Brooklyn dished out 28 dimes and had 4 steals for the game. Moreover, the Nets collected 37 rebounds (4 offensive, 33 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Brooklyn finished the game at 93.3% when shooting free throws by making 14 of 15 attempts. They buried 20 of their 40 shots from long range.
Chris Paul is someone who was a factor for the game. He had 29 points on 12 of 20 shooting. He played 35:27 minutes and totaled 4 boards. Paul finished the game at 60.0% from the field and earned 7 assists. Someone else that was a major factor in this matchup for the Suns was Devin Booker. He grabbed 2 boards and also tallied 7 assists. He finished 45.0% from the field in this contest by connecting on 9-of-20 (22 points). In all, Booker played for 36:28 min.
Phoenix will play this contest with a record of 17-10 so far this season. The Suns are hitting 36.2% on shots from distance (350 of 966) and 83.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 111.3 points per contest (19th in the NBA) while hitting 47.5% from the floor. They are turning it over 13.1 times per game and as a team are committing 20.6 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Phoenix is grabbing 44.3 rebounds per game and has tallied 698 assists so far this year, which has them ranked 14th in the league in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Suns are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game while drawing 18.3 fouls. They are ranked 1st in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 594 relinquished this season. The Suns are allowing a shooting percentage of 45.9% (340 of 495) and they concede 43.7 boards per game as a team. They are conceding 35.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they rank 4th in the league in PPG from their opponents (108.0).
When they last played, the Memphis Grizzlies got the win with a final of 122-113 when they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Grizzlies were able to pull down 37 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 in this game. They also stuffed 4 tries while recording 14 steals in the matchup. The Thunder committed 25 personal fouls for this game which got the Grizzlies to the free throw line for a total of 33 shots. They were able to convert 26 of those for a rate of 78.8%. Pertaining to shots from distance, Memphis knocked down 12 out of their 26 attempts (46.2%). Overall, the Grizzlies ended up shooting 42 out of 83 from the floor which had them shooting 50.6%. The Grizzlies allowed the Thunder to make 35 of 78 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 44.9% in the game. They wrapped up this game 46.3% from three-point range by shooting 19 of 41 and ended up going 24 of 28 at the charity stripe (85.7%). Concerning rebounding, Memphis permitted Oklahoma City to snag 39 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
Grayson Allen was important for the Grizzlies in the matchup. He made 7 out of 13 in the game for a field goal percentage of 53.8%, which gave him 22 points. Allen grabbed 4 boards in his 31:57 mins of time on the hardwood and had 3 assists for this contest. Someone else that ended being a contributor for Memphis was Jonas Valančiūnas. He left the arena with 22 points in his 28:04 minutes played by going 9 out of 12 from the floor for the matchup. Valančiūnas ended the game having shot 75.0% from the floor while earning 2 assists and 12 rebounds.
Memphis has a record of 12-12 on the season. Memphis has totaled 2,683 pts on the year (111.8 per contest) and they grab 43.8 boards per game. The Grizzlies commit 18.9 fouls per contest and they shoot 78.8% from the free throw line. As an offensive unit, the Grizzlies are shooting 46.8% from the floor, which ranks 12th in basketball. They are dishing out assists 28.5 times per game (1st in basketball) and they lose possession via turnover 14.3 times per game. The Grizzlies on the defensive end are ranked 16th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 112.5. They are able to force 16.5 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (27th in the NBA). The Memphis defense concedes 39.0% on 3-point attempts (314 of 805) and opponents are knocking down 76.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They give up 25.8 assists and 43.6 total boards per game, which is 25th and 11th in basketball.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Memphis (+1.5) and over 226.5 points
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