Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Pelicans betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s NBA game on TNT. With the regular season series tied at 1-1, the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans meet up for the 3rd time this season at FedEx Forum. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
- Start date: 08.03.2022 at 7:30 PM
- Location: FedEx Forum, Memphis
A lot of bettors were disappointed with the effort of the Memphis Grizzlies in their last game as they lost by 11-points on the road in Houston, despite entering the game as 11-point favorites. Those kind of results are normal for such a young team as they like to run a lot and sometimes scores get out of hands even against lesser teams like the Rockets.
Tonight is a good opportunity to bounce back against an in-form Pelicans side. The last meeting was won by Memphis 121-109 back in mid-February and that was without Ja Morant in the line-up.
The MVP candidate is fully healthy and playing tonight which is a much needed boost for the Grizzlies who are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games. At home they’ve covered in 6 of 7 games, plus against Western Conference opponents they’ve won 14 of 19 games.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans were one of the hottest teams coming out of the all-star break with 4 wins in a row by an average of almost 27 points per game, however they ran into a tough Denver team and lost 138-130 after OT in their last game.
Brandon Ingram had 38 points, while newly acquired C.J. McCollum added 24 and 9 assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Nuggets shot 54% from the field in that game. Getting stops will be crucial in tonight’s game, they simply cannot allow the Grizzlies to have a similar shooting night, otherwise they stand no chance.
The good news for Pelicans fans is that they are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games on the road, plus against Memphis they’ve covered in 7 of their last 8 games. The good news doesn’t end there, Zion Williamson could also return at some point this month which would be huge for a team hoping to make a push towards the postseason.
Pelicans have had the upper hand in head-to-head meetings winning 7 of the last 10 and covering the spread 8 times. It’s normal for teams to cool off a bit after such a long and grueling season, I can see this happening to Memphis a bit as well after their loss to Houston. I think New Orleans has a solid chance of pulling off the upset here. Back the road team.
Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Pelicans Predictions & Odds
Since the all-star break the Pelicans offence has been cooking as they’ve averaged 123.8 points per game in their last 5 games. They’ve also held 3 of their last 5 opponents to under 100 points which is why the total has gone under in 4 of their last 5 games and in 12 of their last 17 overall.
That kind of effort defensively is going to be tough to sustain against a team like the Grizzles who are 7th in offensive efficiency averaging 110.5 points per 100 possessions. Memphis’ defence hasn’t played on top of their game lately allowing 123 and 120 points in 2 of their last 3 games.
That’s understandable as this team ranks 4th in the pace of play this season averaging 102.5 possessions per game. I have a feeling they might push the pace tonight as well as the last meeting between these 2 teams resulted in a 230 point outcome. Expect a similar total tonight, which is why I would advise backing the over here.