Memphis Grizzlies vs Phoenix Suns betting tips and predictions for Friday’s NBA TV game. The top 2 seeded teams from the Western Conference go at it tonight at FedEx Forum as the Memphis Grizzlies host the Phoenix Suns. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Coming into tonight’s game the Grizzlies have won 6 in a row and are currently the 2nd hottest team in the NBA behind the Suns who have won 9 in a row. What makes Memphis’ situation impressive is that they are doing it without their best player Ja Morant who has been out for quite some time now. The level of concern about his knee is going up every day as there’s still no timetable set for a possible return with about 2 weeks to go until the playoffs begin.
The Grizzlies have lifted their level of play as a team, players like Desmond Bane and Dillon Brooks have been performing above expectations. However, there’s several names that could miss tonight’s game among the Grizzlies ranks as Steven Adams, Jaren Jackson Jr., Desmond Bane and Tyus Jones are all doubtful. Memphis has covered the spread in 5 of 6 games, but that record is in jeopardy here.
The Suns are firing on all cylinders right now and show no signs of letting up even if they have secured home court advantage throughout the playoffs. They’ve won 9 in a row and covered in 7 of those 9 games, on the road they are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games as well. Comparing their injury situation to Memphis, they are in a much better spot with JaVale McGee and Cam Johnson potentially coming back into the line-up, while the rest of the team is without any significant injuries at the moment.
Chris Paul continues to play well, in 3 games since coming back from injury he has looked like he didn’t miss a beat. Devin Booker is making a late case for MVP honors, a big win tonight against the number 2 seed would definitely help.
I just feel like the Suns are unstoppable right now. If the Grizzlies were close to being fully healthy here, then I’d give them a chance, but that’s simply not the case here. Back the road team to cover.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Phoenix Suns Predictions & Odds
Neither of the 2 meetings so far this season went over tonight’s projected total of 228.5 points. If we take a closer look at the recent head-to-head meetings we can see the under landing in 7 of the last 10 games, while over that period an average of 223.3 points per game were scored. Missing so many players could have a big impact on the offensive output of the Grizzlies here, they’ve gone under in 5 of their last 7 games and in 6 of 8 against Western Conference teams.
In games played vs Phoenix at FedEx Forum, the under has cashed in 4 of the last 5, so that is also encouraging. The Suns record for the O/U in road games is 18-19 this season, I think in these last 5 or 6 games we’ll see their defence take it up a notch as they test things out for the playoffs. In their last 2 games they’ve allowed just 103.5 points per game, while Memphis is also giving up just 102.8 per game in their last 4 outings. With the under cashing in 7 of the last 9 meetings, I’d advise going with that in tonight’s game as well.