The Memphis Grizzlies (12-23) travel to face off against the Phoenix Suns (19-16) on Sunday, January 7th. This game will be played at Footprint Center. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Grizzlies vs Suns
The Grizzlies Are Coming Off A Win
The Grizzlies’ most recent game versus the Lakers saw Jaren Jackson Jr. lead the Grizzlies with 31 points while shooting 11/14 from the field. As the Grizzlies secured the victory with a final score of 127-113, Marcus Smart also chipped in with 29 points.
Heading into today’s game vs. the Suns, the Grizzlies are 12-23 and are hoping to get back to .500. In the Western Conference, they are currently in 13th place and are 4th in the Southwest division.
Memphis comes in with an overall ATS record of 14-21 so far this season. On the road, the Grizzlies have an ATS record of 10-9 compared to a 4-12 record vs. the spread at home.
The Suns Are Coming Off A Win
In their latest game against the Heat, Grayson Allen was the top scorer for the Suns’ offense, scoring 31 points and shooting 11/19 from the field. Bradley Beal also contributed 25 points as the Suns won by a score of 113-97 vs. the Heat.
In their last ten games, the Suns are 6-4 and have an overall record of 19-16 as they prepare to take on the Grizzlies. Against other Western Conference teams, the Suns are 12-12 and are 7-4 in non-conference play.
Phoenix comes in with an overall ATS record of 13-22 so far this season. The Suns have two straight ATS losses as the underdog and are 9-16 vs. the spread as the favorite.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
This season, the Memphis offense is ranked 30th in the NBA in scoring at 107.4 points per game. The Grizzlies come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13.2 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Memphis has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 13.8 turnovers per game.
Suns Offense Breakdown
Through 35 games games, Phoenix is averaging 115.4 points per game (13th). Coming into today’s game, the Suns will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.9 made 3’s per game. If Phoenix continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 26th in the league in possessions per game.
Grizzlies Team Defense
At this time, the Grizzlies’ defense is positioned 13th in the NBA, permitting 113.4 points per game. Memphis’ defense is currently forcing 13.8 turnovers per game, which is 22nd in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 3rd in blocked shots, with an average of 6.3 rejections per game.
Suns Team Defense
So far, the Suns’ defense is ranked 14th in the league at 113.6 points per contest. Opponents are hitting 53.1% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.4% of their three-point attempts.
Key Players For The Grizzlies And Suns
In today’s game, our projections have Ja Morant leading the Grizzlies with 24 points on 8/18 shooting from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 25.1 points per game, along with 5.6 rebounds.
On the opposing side, we anticipate Kevin Durant to be the top scorer for the Suns. Our projection has him finishing the game with 28, and he is expected to secure 7 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 52.5%, and he is contributing 29.9 points per game on average.
Grizzlies vs Suns 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 112 points per game.
- Through their last ten home games, Phoenix has an ATS record of just 3-7. However, their overall record was 6-4 while averaging 115 points per game.
- Going back to their last three games as the underdog, the Grizzlies have a straight up record of 1-2. But, their mark vs the spread was just 1-2.
- In their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Suns have a straight up record of 6-4 and an ATS mark of 3-7.
Not only do we have the Suns winning this one by a score of 113-106, but we see them covering the spread. Our pick is to grab the Suns at -4.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 229.5, and our model projects the Grizzlies and Suns to reach a combined total of 219 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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