The second and third-worse teams of the Western Conference are clashing tonight, when the Memphis Grizzlies (22-34), looking to bounce back after their latest defeat, are hosting the New Orleans Pelicans (25-31), who on the other hand are looking to extend their current small winning streak.
Date/Time: 02-09-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Memphis Grizzlies -1.5
Memphis Grizzlies have a 22-34 record (24-32 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the West. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Thunder with a 95-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Mike Conley with 20.3 ppg, adding a team high 6.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Jaren Jackson Jr. with 13.9 ppg and 4.8 boards per game.
New Orleans Pelicans have a 25-31 record (27-28-1 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won at home against the Timberwolves with a 122-117 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Anthony Davis with 29.4 ppg, adding 4.3 dimes and a team high 13.2 boards per game. He is followed by Jrue Holiday with 21.1 ppg, 5.1 boards and a team high 8.1 dimes per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Pelicans lead the Grizzlies 2-1 wins, having won the previous game in Memphis by 20 points. Grizzlies have a 13-14 home record, while the Pelicans are 9-21 on the road. Pelicans are better offensively, scoring 116.3 ppg to Grizzlies’ 100.3, while Grizzlies are better defensively, allowing 103.6 ppg to Pelicans’ 114.9. Pelicans have better percentages both in field goals (48% to 44.9%) and in 3-pointers (35% to 34%). They are also better both in dimes made (26.8 to 23.4) and in boards grabbed (46.9 to 40.4), while Grizzlies are better in turnovers committed (13.4 to 13.9). Grizzlies have just traded Marc Gasol and while Vegas odds give them a -1.5 spread, don’t expect them to beat the odds against a Pelicans team that have Anthony Davis back in the lineup.
New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans +1.5 (-109)
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