Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies betting tips and predictions for Monday’s NBA game on ESPN. There are serious playoff implications in tonight’s clash between the Mavs and Grizzlies, as they square off for the 3rd time this regular season. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Luka Doncic has already been ruled out for tonight’s game, while Kyrie Irving is a game time decision as he tries to recover in time from a foot injury. Those are two big blows for the Mavericks who are in dire need of a win. As of today they are 8th in the standings, but a win could potentially lift them up to 6th if the Warriors lost tonight vs Phoenix.
Dallas has owned the head-to-head meetings against the Grizzlies winning 7 of the last 10, however they are currently on a 2game losing streak. Another worrying factor is the Mavs’ record of just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, but despite all that the oddsmakers favor them by 3.5 points here.
Beating Golden State and Dallas in their last 2 games was a massive morale boost for the Grizzlies who remain without their best player Ja Morant. Desmond Bane carried the offense with 25 points vs the Mavs over the weekend, it’ll be interesting to see if he can repeat that performance on the road where the Grizz are just 12-21 SU this season.
Not only that, Memphis also has just 1 road win in their last 12 games, plus they’ve failed to cover the spread in 5 straight games vs Dallas. Unlike the Mavs who haven’t guaranteed a playoff spot yet, Memphis is in a 2-way tie with the Sacramento Kings for the 2nd seed, so a win tonight would be big for them as well.
Both teams are shorthanded, but I just cannot trust the Grizzlies here as they’re just awful on the road. Dallas should get Kyrie Irving back, that should be enough to elevate them in front of the home crowd. Take the Mavs.
Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies Predictions & Odds
Only 220 points were scored 2 days ago when these two teams played at FedEx Forum, a drastic difference from the first meeting played in Dallas when 233 points were seen. No Luka Doncic hurts the Mavs offense quite a lot, as does the absence of Ja Morant for the Grizzlies, so I think both teams will try to win this game on the defensive end. The Mavericks should be the ones dictating the tempo of the game, after all they are the ones playing at home here.
They currently rank only 29th in the NBA in pace of play averaging just 98.4 possessions per game. Scoring against the number 1 ranked defense in terms of efficiency will be a challenge even if Kyrie plays, the Grizzlies allow just 107.3 points per 100 possessions. With 7 of the last 10 meetings ending under the total and just 210.7 points averaged during that stretch, I think backing the under is the proper way to approach this game.