The Memphis Grizzlies (18-31) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (37-12) on Sunday, February 4th. This game will be played at TD Garden in Boston and televised on NBCS. Both the Grizzlies and Celtics will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 ET.
Grizzlies vs Celtics
The Grizzlies Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent matchup, the Grizzlies conveyed a message to the Warriors with a score of 121-101. The Grizzlies picked up the win despite trailing going into halftime 57-47.
Coming into today’s game, the Grizzlies are 18-31 overall and are +16 underdogs. In Western Conference play, the Grizzlies are 12-23 compared to going 6-8 in non-conference games.
Memphis has an overall ATS record of 23-26 for the season so far. The Grizzlies have failed to cover the spread in three straight games as the favorite and are 18-18 vs. the spread as the underdog.
The Celtics Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Celtics fell to the Lakers by a score of 114-105. Turning the tide, the Celtics picked up the win, overcoming a halftime deficit of 60-46.
The Celtics are looking to build on their above .500 record of 37-12 as they face the Grizzlies. Currently, they are leading the Eastern Conference and are in 1st place in the Atlantic division.
Boston currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 22-25 at this point. In their last four games as favorites, the Celtics have not been able to cover the spread, and they are 2-1 against the spread when they are underdogs.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
This season, the Memphis offense is ranked 30th in the NBA in scoring at 107.2 points per game.
Heading into their matchup with the Celtics, the Grizzlies are one of the worst offensive teams in the league, ranking 30th in points per game at 107.2. In fact, they have scored below the NBA scoring average in 77.6% of their games this season.
One area where Memphis has struggled is in two-point shooting, as they are 29th in the league in two-point field goal percentage at 51%. Overall, they are shooting just 43% from the field, which is last in the NBA.
Despite their struggles inside the arc, the Grizzlies have been one of the league’s most prolific three-point shooting teams, ranking 5th in attempts at 39.3 per game. However, their three-point shooting percentage of 34% is just 28th in the NBA.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Celtics’ offense is rated 5th in the league in scoring, averaging 120.1 points per contest.
When playing at home, the Celtics are averaging 121.2 points per game, which is 7th in the NBA. For the season, they are 5th in scoring at 120.1 points per game.
Boston has been one of the top three-point shooting teams in the league, leading the NBA in both three-point makes (16.2) and attempts (42.7) per game. Overall, they are shooting 37% from beyond the arc.
So far, the Celtics have outscored the NBA scoring average in 69.4% of their games. In terms of pace, they are 17th in the league at 98.5 possessions per game.
Grizzlies Team Defense
At this time, the Grizzlies’ defense is positioned 12th in the NBA, permitting 112.7 points per game. The Memphis defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.9% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.1% of their field goal attempts vs. Memphis.
Celtics Team Defense
This season, the Celtics defense has been impressive, holding the 6th position in the league while permitting an average of 111.1 points per contest. For the season, Boston is ranked 29th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 19.1 free-throws per game vs. the Celtics and have an overall field goal percentage of 45.1%.
Key Players For The Grizzlies And Celtics
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Luke Kennard as the primary point contributor for the Grizzlies, finishing with 10 points while maintaining a 3/7 shooting accuracy. During this season, he is delivering an average of 10.4 points per game, along with 3.1 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Jayson Tatum as the leading scorer for the Celtics. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 25 while also collecting 8 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 47.1% and is averaging 26.8 points per contest.
Grizzlies vs Celtics Trends
- Through their last ten road games, Memphis has an ATS record of just 6-4. However, their overall record was 5-5 while averaging 110 points per game.
- In their last three home games, Boston has averaged 126 points per game while allowing 109. The team’s record in this stretch was 3-0 while going 2-1 vs. the spread.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Grizzlies have a straight up record of 4-6 and an ATS mark of 7-3.
- Through their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Celtics have a good straight up record, but their ATS mark is just 1-4.
For a point-spread wager in this Celtics vs. Grizzlies game, we suggest taking the Grizzlies at +16. Even though our predictions have the Celtics winning 113-109, we see the Grizzlies as the better choice on the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 221.5 and given that our model is projecting 222 points between the teams, we like the over.
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