Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 3/31/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Fox Sports Southeast
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (-8)
The Memphis Grizzlies (22-22) play the Utah Jazz (35-11) at FedExForum on Wednesday. Memphis opens this matchup as 8-point dogs. The over/under is set at 230.
The Utah Jazz played the Cleveland Cavaliers and earned the victory with a final of 114-75 in their last contest. Utah ended the contest with a 46.3% field goal percentage (38 of 82) and made 19 of their 41 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Jazz made 19 of 23 tries for a rate of 82.6%. With regard to rebounding, they earned 55 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 29 dimes in this contest while forcing the opposition into 10 turnovers and having 6 steals. In regard to defending, Utah allowed the other team to shoot 34.9% from the field on 29 out of 83 shooting. Cleveland doled out 17 dimes and had 5 steals in the game. Moreover, Cleveland pulled down 40 rebounds (6 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Cleveland ended up shooting 62.5% at the charity stripe by converting 10 of 16 tries. They also knocked down 7 out of their 34 attempts from 3-point land.
Donovan Mitchell is one player who was a contributor for this contest. He totaled 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He was on the court for 24:55 minutes and also collected 2 boards. Mitchell finished shooting 50.0% from the floor and recorded 4 assists. Someone else that played a role in the game for the Jazz was Rudy Gobert. He grabbed 17 rebounds in 27:47 minutes played. He finished shooting 62.5% from the floor in this contest by shooting 5-of-8 (18 points). At the conclusion of this game, Gobert didn't record an assist.
Utah heads into this game with a win-loss record of 35-11 for the campaign. The Jazz are shooting 39.8% on shots beyond the perimeter (783 of 1,967) and 78.6% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 117.0 pts per game (3rd in basketball) while going 46.8% from the field. They are losing possession via turnover 14.2 times per contest and as a unit they commit 18.7 fouls every game. As a unit, Utah is snagging 48.3 boards per contest and has totaled 1,095 dimes so far this year, which ranks 20th in the league in terms of passing. Defensively, the Jazz are able to force 11.6 turnovers per game and they draw 19.3 personal fouls. The Jazz are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.7% (535 of 886) and they concede 42.8 boards per contest as a team. They are ranked 3rd in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,032 surrendered this year. They relinquish 34.7% on three-point shots while they are 4th in basketball in PPG allowed (107.5).
In their last game, the Memphis Grizzlies took home the win by a final score of 120-110 when they faced the Houston Rockets. The Grizzlies were able to corral 40 defensive boards and 7 offensive boards for a total of 47 in the game. They turned the ball over 16 times, while recording 8 steals in the matchup. The Rockets had 18 fouls in this game which took the Grizzlies to the free throw line for 24 tries. They were able to convert 17 of the free throws for a rate of 70.8%. Regarding three-point attempts, Memphis buried 11 of their 31 tries (35.5%). Overall, the Grizzlies ended up shooting 46 for 85 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.1%. The Grizzlies permitted the Rockets to convert 40 of their 94 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.6% for the matchup. They went 26.2% from distance by going 11 of 42 and walked away from this one shooting 19 of 22 at the free throw line (86.4%). When talking about attacking the glass, Memphis allowed Houston to pull down 42 in all (10 on the offensive glass).
Jonas Valanciunas ended up having an impact for the Grizzlies in this game. He knocked down 13 of 18 for this game for a field goal percentage of 72.2%, and had 15 rebounds. Valanciunas earned 30 points in his 31:59 minutes of playing time and accumulated 1 assist for this game. Someone else that was pivotal for Memphis was Dillon Brooks. He ended up walking away with 4 dimes in his 34:07 minutes on the hardwood, and he shot 5 of 15 from the floor. Brooks ended the game having shot 33.3% from the field as well as earning 17 points and 4 boards.
Memphis has a mark of 22-22 on the year. When it comes to offensive execution, the Grizzlies are shooting 46.2% from the floor, which is 17th in the league. Memphis has tallied 4,916 points so far this season (111.7 per contest) and they pull down 46.0 rebounds per game. They are assisting teammates 26.7 times per game (6th in the league) and they lose possession via turnover 13.6 times per game. The Grizzlies are responsible for committing 18.5 fouls per game and they shoot 78.3% from the free throw line. The Grizzlies are ranked 16th in the league in points given up per game with 111.4. The Memphis defense gives up 37.0% on shots from behind the 3-point line (575 of 1,556) and their opponents are connecting on 77.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They allow 25.4 dimes and 44.1 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 23rd and 16th in basketball. They are forcing 16.0 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (18th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Utah (-8)
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