The Toronto Raptors (13-20) travel to face off against the Memphis Grizzlies (11-22) on Wednesday, January 3rd. This game will be played at FedExForum. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Raptors vs Grizzlies
The Raptors Are Coming Off A Win
In the Raptors’ most recent game against the Cavaliers, Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 36 points while going 13/20 from the field. Scottie Barnes also added 20 points as the Raptors won the game by a score of 124-121.
With a 13-20 record, the Raptors are looking to get above .500 as they face off against the Grizzlies. In road games, the Raptors are 4-11 compared to 9-9 at home this season.
So far, Toronto is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 16-17. On the road, the Raptors have an ATS record of 7-8, as opposed to a 9-9 record against the spread when playing at home.
The Grizzlies Are Coming Off A Win
The Grizzlies beat the Spurs in their most recent game, ending with a score of 106-98. Going into the game, the Grizzlies were favored by -11 and their 8 point win was not enough to cover the spread. Considering the over/under, the total of 204 points fell short of the set over/under line of 236.5.
Heading into today’s game vs. the Raptors, the Grizzlies are 11-22 overall. In Western Conference games, the Grizzlies are 8-19 and have gone 3-3 in non-conference games.
So far, Memphis is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 13-20. This season, Memphis has a 5-7 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 8-13 when playing as underdogs.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
This season, the Toronto offense is ranked 18th in the NBA in scoring at 114 points per game. So far, the Raptors are averaging 98.7 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. Right now, the Raptors offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 19th in effective field goal percentage.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
The Grizzlies come into today’s game as the 30th ranked scoring offense at 106.7 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 12.8 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 99.4 possession per game. This could benefit the team as they are currently one of the better 3-point shooting units in the NBA.
Raptors Team Defense
The Raptors’ defense is presently ranked 18th in the league, allowing an average of 115.2 points per contest. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Raptors defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 55.0% while allowing 38.0% from downtown.
Grizzlies Team Defense
So far, the Grizzlies’ defense is ranked 13th in the league at 113.4 points per contest. Inside the arc, the Grizzlies defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 51.9% and 38.6% from three-point territory.
Key Players For The Raptors And Grizzlies
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Pascal Siakam as the primary point contributor for the Raptors, finishing with 22 points while maintaining a 8/17 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 22.4 points per game along with 6.5 boards.
As for Memphis, Ja Morant is projected to be the primary scorer for the Grizzlies. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 24, and adding 6 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 46.7% and is averaging 25.3 points per contest.
Raptors vs Grizzlies Trends
- In their last three road games, Toronto has averaged 125 points per game while allowing 117. The team’s record in this stretch was 1-2 while going 2-1.
- Through their last three home contests, the Grizzlies offense has averaged 109 points per game while allowing an average of 124. Memphis posted an overall record of 1-2 while going 1-2 ATS.
- Going back to their previous three games as the underdog, Toronto has an ATS mark of 1-2 while going 0-3 straight up.
- Through their previous three contests as the betting favorite, the Grizzlies have a strong record of 2-1. Their record vs the spread in these matchups is 1-2.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +1.5, the Raptors is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 232 and given that our model is projecting 217 points between the teams, we like the under.
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