NBA: Memphis Grizzlies - Phoenix Suns
- Title : NBA: Memphis Grizzlies - Phoenix Suns
Both of these teams have been elite defensively this season so I think that this total should be a lot lower. Phoenix is allowing just 106.7 points per game while Memphis is allowing just 107.6 points per game so I think that this game should land somewhere in the 210s. Plus, both offenses are averaging less than 111 points per game so I expect this contest to turn into a defensive war over all four quarters. This game should end somewhere in the realm of 111-105 so I think that there is a lot of value with the over in this
I expect Suns to pull away in the fourth quarter in a competitive game. The Suns are the more talented team, and I expect them to bounce back after having a week to stew over their frustrating performance against the Wizards.
The Grizzlies have won four in a row, but all four wins have come against bad teams or good teams missing one of their best players.
Grizzlies also may have further absences due to health and safety protocols as they played the 76ers on Saturday, and the 76ers’ game on Sunday was canceled due to health and safety protocols with their team. Suns have shown that they can beat anyone in the league when their backcourt plays well, and there is good value with them as short favorites as Ja Morant and the Grizzlies are slightly overvalued after winning four in a row.
Both teams will also be shorthanded and most notably, the Grizzlies will miss starting center Jonas Valanciunas, who has averaged a double-double this season with 14.4 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. No doubt this will be a big blow for a team that’s averaging only 105.6 points per game.Memphis will have to turn to shooting the 3, and Phoenix ranks number one in the NBA in defending opponents’ three-point attempts. I will go for UNDER in this one.
|Prediction||Under 220,5 points|
|Start Time||12:00 : 18-Jan-21|