The Memphis Grizzlies (8-19) travel to face off against the Atlanta Hawks (12-16) on Saturday, December 23rd. This game will be played at State Farm Arena. The Grizzlies are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Hawks are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Pacers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Grizzlies vs Hawks
The Grizzlies Are Coming Off A Win
The Grizzlies clinched a 116-103 win over the Pacers in their previous game. the Grizzlies not only secured a victory straight-up but also did so while covering the spread as -2.5-point favorites. Concerning the over/under, the total of 219 points remained below the established over/under line of 246.
With an overall record of 8-19, the Grizzlies are 13th in the Western Conference and 4th in the Southwest Division. As they prepare for today’s game, the Grizzlies are looking to extend their two-game winning streak.
Against the spread, the Grizzlies have covered in two straight games and have an overall ATS record of 11-16. Currently, the Grizzlies have a four game ATS win streak when they are favored, and they are 6-11 against the spread as underdogs.
The Hawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Hawks will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Heat with a final score of 122-113. The Hawks picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 62-60.
On the road, the Hawks are 8-9 this season and have gone 4-7 at home. As a whole, the Hawks are 12-16 and are 2-1 in their last three games.
Atlanta has an overall ATS record of 7-21 as they come into today’s game. In their last three games as favorites, the Hawks have not been able to cover the spread, and they are 5-11 against the spread when they are underdogs.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
Memphis has recorded an average of 106.4 points per game (30th) throughout 27 games games. The Grizzlies come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13 made 3’s per game. If the Grizzlies offense is going to improve, they could look to play at a faster tempo, as they currently average just 98.8 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Hawks Offense Breakdown
The Hawks arrive for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top offensive teams, scoring an average of 122.8 points per game (3rd). In terms of pace, the Hawks are one of the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.2 possessions per game. So far, the team has been able to rank well on offense, even though their up-tempo style of play has not translated into inside scoring. Currently, Atlanta is just 14th in 2-point field goal makes per game.
Grizzlies Team Defense
At present, the Grizzlies’ defense is ranked 10, allowing 112.1 points per game.
Inside the arc, the Grizzlies defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 50.9% and 39.1% from three-point territory.
Hawks Team Defense
So far, the Hawks’ defense is ranked 28 in the league at 122.9 points per contest.
In their previous game, the Hawks’ defense struggled against the Heat, giving up 122 points on a field goal percentage of 43%.
Key Players For The Grizzlies And Hawks
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Desmond Bane as the primary point contributor for the Grizzlies, finishing with 16 points while maintaining a 6/12 shooting accuracy. During this season, he is delivering an average of 24.7 points per game, along with 4.5 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Trae Young as the leading scorer for the Hawks. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 22 while also collecting 3 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 43.5%, and his scoring average is 28.3 points per game.
Grizzlies vs Hawks Trends
- Across the Grizzlies last three road games, the team averaged 105 points per game while allowing 115. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 1-2, while going 1-2 straight-up.
- Through their last five home contests, the Hawks offense has averaged 123 points per game while allowing an average of 123. Atlanta posted an overall record of 2-3 while going 2-3 ATS.
- As the betting underdog, the Hawks have an ATS mark of just 2-3 in their last five games. Atlanta posted a straight up mark of 2-3 in these matchups.
- The Grizzlies have played well in their last three games as the betting favorite, going 3-0 straight up and 3-0 against the spread.
As the underdogs with a spread of +2, we recommend going with the Hawks on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 240.5 and our model has the Grizzlies and Hawks finishing with a combined 210 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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