The Memphis Grizzlies (15-27) travel to face off against the Toronto Raptors (16-27) on Monday, January 22nd. This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and televised on TSN. Both the Grizzlies and Raptors will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Grizzlies vs Raptors
The Grizzlies Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In their most recent game, the Grizzlies tell to the Bulls by a score of 125-96. In addition to their straight-up loss, the Grizzlies couldn’t cover the spread as +7.5 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 215 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
In their past five games, the Grizzlies have gone 1-4 and have an overall record of 15-27. When looking at their 42 games, the Grizzlies are 12-21 against other Western Conference teams and 3-6 in non-conference matchups.
Memphis’ ATS record is currently below .500 at 17-25 for the season. The Grizzlies have been unable to cover the spread in their last three games as favorites, and they hold a 12-17 record against the spread when playing as underdogs.
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Raptors’ most recent game versus the Knicks saw RJ Barrett lead the Raptors with 20 points while shooting 8/15 from the field. While Gary Trent Jr. was 2nd on the team with 16 points, Toronto fell short in the game with a final score of 126-100.
In their quest for a win over the Grizzlies, the Raptors are 16-27 overall this season. In non-conference games, they are 6-7 and 10-20 against Eastern Conference teams.
Toronto has an overall ATS record of 21-22 as they come into today’s game. Toronto has failed to cover the spread in two straight road games and are 11-11 ATS on the road compared to 10-11 at home.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
In 42 games games, Memphis has an average of 107.8 points per game (29th).
Heading into their matchup with the Raptors, the Grizzlies are 29th in the NBA in scoring at 107.8 points per game. On the road, Memphis is averaging 110.0 points per game.
So far this season, the Grizzlies have scored below the NBA scoring average in 73.8% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, Memphis is 29th in the league at 43%.
When it comes to three-point shooting, the Grizzlies are 5th in attempts but are 30th in three-point shooting percentage at 34%. In terms of pace, Memphis is 12th in the NBA at 99.2 possessions per game.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
The Raptors come into today’s game as the 18th ranked scoring offense at 114.7 points per game.
When playing at home, the Raptors are 24th in the league in scoring at 112.6 points per game. Overall, they are 18th in the league at 114.7 points per game. In terms of pace, Toronto is 15th in the NBA at 98.8 possessions per game.
So far this season, the Raptors have outscored the NBA scoring average in 46.5% of their games. In terms of field goal percentage, Toronto is 10th in the league at 48%. However, they are just 23rd in three-point shooting at 35%.
As a team, the Raptors are 2nd in the NBA in assists at 29.6 per game. In terms of free throws, they are 23rd in the league at 16.5 made per game. When it comes to offensive rebounds, Toronto is 10th in the league at 11.2 per game.
Grizzlies Team Defense
Currently, the Grizzlies’ defense holds the 13th rank in the NBA, allowing 113.6 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Grizzlies are forcing 13.8 per game, which is 21st in the league. They also come into the game sitting 3rd in blocked shots at 6.2 per game.
Raptors Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Raptors’ defense is giving up an average of 116.6 points per contest. In their previous game, the Raptors’ defense struggled against the Knicks, giving up 126 points on a field goal percentage of 41%.
Key Players For The Grizzlies And Raptors
For today’s matchup, we project Jaren Jackson Jr. to lead the scoring for the Grizzlies, putting up 21 points and shooting at a rate of 7/15. During this season, he is delivering an average of 21.7 points per game, along with 5.7 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place RJ Barrett as the leading scorer for the Raptors. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 18 while also collecting 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 45.8% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 18.8 points per game.
Grizzlies vs Raptors Trends
- Memphis has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 113 points per game while allowing 114. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
- Across their last five home contests, Toronto has a 3-2 record vs the spread. Their overall mark in these games was 1-4, while averaging 119 points per game.
- In their last ten games as the betting underdog, the Grizzlies have a straight up record of 4-6 and an ATS mark of 4-6.
- Going back to their last ten games as the favorite, the Raptors have a straight up record of 4-6. But, their mark vs the spread was just 4-6.
Coming in as the underdogs at +7.5, we have the Grizzlies as the way to go on the point spread. Not only do we have them covering, but our projections show they have a good one of winning this one straight-up, if you’re looking for a higher payout on the moneyline.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 228 and given that our model is projecting 222 points between the teams, we like the under.
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