Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, 1/8/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2023
Location: FedExForum in Memphis, TN
TV: Bally Sports Southeast-Memphis
Odds/Point Spread: Utah (+10)
FedExForum is the location where the Memphis Grizzlies will compete against the Utah Jazz on Sunday. Memphis opens this game as 10-point favorites. The betting total is set at 228.
The Jazz took the court against the Rockets and notched a win by a score of 131-114 in their last game. Utah ended the contest having earned a 49.5% field goal percentage (46 out of 93) and knocked down 19 of 48 3-pointers. At the charity stripe, the Jazz buried 20 of their 21 tries for a percentage of 95.2%. When discussing hauling in rebounds, they collected 42 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 33 assists in this game while forcing 14 turnovers and getting 10 steals. With respect to defense, Utah allowed their opponent to shoot 41.3% from the field on 38 of 92 shooting. Houston doled out 19 dimes and had 4 steals in this matchup. Moreover, Houston snagged 49 boards (14 offensive, 35 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Houston finished the game shooting 88.5% at the free throw line by knocking down 23 of their 26 attempts. They also made 15 out of their 42 tries from downtown. When it comes to fouls, the Jazz ended up with 20 and the Rockets accumulated 21 fouls.
Lauri Markkanen is a player who came through for the game. He finished with 49 points on 15 of 27 shooting. He was on the court for 36 mins and grabbed 8 rebounds. Markkanen shot 55.6% from the field and earned 1 assist.
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Utah will play this game with a record of 20-21 so far this year. They turn it over 15.2 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 21.1 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Utah is grabbing 43.6 boards per game and has totaled 1,066 assists for the year, which ranks 4th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Jazz are hitting 36.6% on shots from 3-point land (603 of 1,646) and 78.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 117.5 points per game (3rd in the league) while going 47.1% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Jazz are forcing 14.6 turnovers per game while drawing 21.2 personal fouls. They are 11th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 967 surrendered on the season. The Jazz defense is giving up a field goal percentage of 48.4% (1,776 of 3,672) and they concede 43.8 rebounds per game as a squad. They give up 34.7% from beyond the arc and they rank 22nd in the league in PPG allowed (116.5).
When they last stepped on the court, the Grizzlies went home victorious with a score of 123-115 when they played the Magic. In reference to how they rebounded, Memphis allowed Orlando to snag 39 overall (7 offensive). They finished shooting 30.6% from behind the 3-point line by shooting 11 out of 36 and ended up shooting 26 out of 30 from the free throw line (86.7%). The Grizzlies allowed the Magic to convert 39 of their 84 tries from the field which had them sitting at 46.4% for this game. When this game wrapped up, the Grizzlies ended up going 48 out of 92 from the field which had them shooting 52.2%. Concerning shots from distance, Memphis knocked down 12 out of their 36 attempts (33.3%). They were able to convert 15 of the free throws for a rate of 65.2%. The Magic had 22 personal fouls in this game which took the Grizzlies to the free throw line for a total of 23 tries. They coughed up the ball 12 times, while earning 5 steals for the matchup. The Grizzlies were able to corral 40 defensive boards and 9 offensive boards totaling 49 in the game.
Ja Morant was important for the Grizzlies for the matchup. He made 13 out of 21 in this contest giving him a rate of 61.9%, and tallied 5 rebounds. Morant accumulated 32 points in his 36 mins of playing time and earned 6 assists in the matchup.
Memphis has a record of 25-13 on the campaign. On the offensive side of the court, the Grizzlies are hitting on 46.9% from the field, which has them ranked 16th in the league. Memphis has totaled 4,410 points for the season (116.1 per contest) and they pull in 49.3 boards per game. They are earning an assist 25.2 times per game (12th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 14.5 times per game. The Grizzlies are committing 20.0 fouls per game and they hit 71.5% from the free throw line.
The Memphis defense allows 35.5% on shots from distance (494 of 1,390) and opponents are making 77.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They surrender 25.8 assists and 43.5 total boards per game, which is ranked 24th and 15th in basketball. The Grizzlies are ranked 8th in the league in points allowed per contest with 111.1. They are forcing 14.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.3% from the field (1st in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Memphis (-10)
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