New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s NBA game on TNT. It’s an all-Western Conference showdown at Smoothie King Arena tonight as the New Orleans Pelicans host the Memphis Grizzlies. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
New Orleans Pelicans
Only one-and-a-half games separates these two teams in the standings right now, so with a win tonight the Pelicans can come really close to taking over the lead in the Southwest Division. The defense has seen an improvement over the last 3 games, two of which they were able to win against Houston and Chicago. However, the win against Houston might have come at a cost because Zion Williamson is now listed as questionable for tonight’s game with a right ankle sprain.
That’s definitely something you’d want to avoid playing one of the elite talents in the NBA right now Ja Morant. The Pels do have the upper hand in head-to-head meetings winning 6 of the last 10, plus they’ve also been able to cover the spread in 5 of the last 6 home games vs Memphis.
The Grizzlies also have a 2-1 record over their last 3 games, however they are coming into this one after a loss against the Washington Wizards 102-92 on the road. It was one of the worst offensive performances of the season by the Grizzlies as they shot under 40% from the field and just 32% from downtown. Ja Morant didn’t play and no player scored more than 19 points, which is concerning.
Morant has been upgraded to probable ahead of tonight’s game though, along with Jaren Jackson Jr. who has been dealing with a foot issue for quite some time now. Desmond Bane is doubtful though, so the Memphis coaching staff will have to dig deep into the bench to find some offense here.
With injuries taking a toll on them, the Grizzlies aren’t exactly where they want to be at this point in time. They’ve failed to cover in 5 straight on the road and are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 visits to Smoothie King Arena. New Orleans is on a streak of 5 wins in 7 games vs Southwest Division teams, I give them a slight edge here since they are playing at home.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies Predictions & Odds
A game against the New Orleans Pelicans is exactly what this Memphis team needs, after struggling to score the ball in their last game 3 of 5 games played. We all know how talented this team is on that end of the floor, but they’ve had some really big holes in their production which isn’t ideal for a team aiming to compete with the best teams in the NBA. The Pelicans have been known for their bad defense for years now, this season they are allowing 113 points per game which ranks them in the middle of the pack.
This team is capable of scoring 120+ on any given night, which is evident from their run of 12 games in their last 18 outings going over the total. Head-to-head meetings have gone over 4 times in the last 6 games, with the two teams averaging 234 points per game over the last 10 meetings. I’m taking the points here.