Toronto Raptors vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 2/8/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Monday, February 8, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-1)
The Toronto Raptors (10-13) go to FedExForum on Monday where they'll take on the Memphis Grizzlies (9-9). Toronto opens this contest as 1-point favorites. The total is set at 222.5.
The Toronto Raptors played the Atlanta Hawks and took a loss by a score of 132-121 in their last game. Toronto ended the contest having earned a 42.3% field goal percentage (41 of 97) and knocked down 13 out of their 38 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Raptors made 26 of their 34 shots for a percentage of 76.5%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they earned 38 with 14 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 24 assists for the matchup while getting 9 steals and 5 blocked shots. When talking about defending, Toronto let their opponent shoot 56.8% from the field on 42 out of 74 shooting. Atlanta distributed 31 dimes and had 2 steals in the game. Furthurmore, the Hawks snagged 43 rebounds (4 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 10 rejections. Atlanta finished shooting 87.9% when shooting free throws by knocking down 29 of 33 tries. They also knocked down 19 out of their 36 attempts from distance.
Fred VanVleet is a player who was a major contributor in this contest. He accumulated 25 points on 6 out of 18 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38:50 mins and also collected 6 rebounds. VanVleet went 33.3% from the field and totaled 10 assists. One more player that was a factor in the matchup for the Raptors was Norman Powell. He snagged 4 rebounds and had 2 dimes. He finished 46.7% from the floor in this game by shooting 7-of-15 (20 points). When all was said and done, Powell played 32:12 minutes.
Toronto comes into this contest with a record of 10-13 so far this year. The Raptors are shooting 37.8% on 3-pointers (364 of 963) and 81.7% from the free throw line. They have an average of 112.7 points per contest (14th in the league) while hitting 44.4% from the floor. They are turning it over 14.0 times per contest and as a squad are committing 22.3 fouls every game. As a team, Toronto is pulling in 42.7 boards per contest and has tallied 568 dimes for the season, which is 11th in the league in terms of passing the rock. When they are on the defensive end, the Raptors are able to force 17.0 turnovers per game and they draw 19.5 fouls. They relinquish 37.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 14th in the league in points per game from their opponents (111.4). The Raptors defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.9% (390 of 448) and they relinquish 45.0 rebounds per contest as a basketball team. They are 28th in the league in giving up assists to the opposition with 610 surrendered on the season.
When they last stepped on the court, the Memphis Grizzlies took a loss by a final score of 118-109 when they faced the New Orleans Pelicans. The Grizzlies recorded 34 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 in this matchup. They also rejected 5 attempts while earning 5 steals in the game. The Pelicans committed 15 fouls in this contest which took the Grizzlies to the charity stripe for 19 attempts. They were able to make 16 of the free throws for a rate of 84.2%. With respect to 3-point shots, Memphis made 13 of their 39 tries (33.3%). When all was said and done, the Grizzlies ended up shooting 40 for 90 from the field which gave them a rate of 44.4%. The Grizzlies permitted the Pelicans to bury 45 of 87 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 51.7% for this contest. They went 45.5% from downtown by hitting 15 out of 33 and finished the game at 13 of 21 from the free throw line (61.9%). Regarding rebounding, Memphis allowed New Orleans to pull down 42 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Kyle Anderson ended up being a major contributor for the Grizzlies for the contest. He knocked down 8 out of 13 for the game for a field goal percentage of 61.5%, which gave him 21 points. Anderson collected 4 boards in his 30:10 minutes of playing time and had 4 dimes in the matchup. One more player that played a role for Memphis was Ja Morant. He was able to score 16 points in his 31:04 mins played by way of 5 out of 14 from the floor in this game. Morant ended the game having shot 35.7% from the floor and also totaling 9 assists and 3 total rebounds.
Memphis has a mark of 9-9 for the season. The Grizzlies are committing 18.7 fouls every game and they hit 77.6% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 28.1 times per contest (2nd in basketball) and they cough up possession 13.9 times per contest. Memphis has accounted for 1,976 pts on the season (109.8 per game) and they pull in 45.1 rebounds per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Grizzlies are connecting on 46.2% from the field, which is ranked 14th in the league. The Grizzlies defensively are ranked 8th in the NBA in points given up per game with 109.8. They have forced 16.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 46.4% from the field (15th in basketball). The Memphis defense surrenders 38.2% on three-point shots (228 of 597) and their opponents are converting on 75.5% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 25.7 assists and 44.9 rebounds per game, which is ranked 23rd and 18th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Toronto (-1)
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