Free NBA Hoops Prediction: Grizzlies vs Jazz Odds
Weekly NBA betting sees the Memphis Grizzlies taking on the Utah Jazz Saturday, November 7 at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE NBA hoops predictions. <!–more→
Memphis Grizzlies (3-3) vs. Utah Jazz (3-2)
Date: Saturday, November 7th
Time:9:00 PM EST
Venue: EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: Jazz -125
NBA Betting Odds: Jazz -1
NBA Betting Total: 179.5
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The Memphis Grizzlies have carved out an identity as one of the top defensive teams in all of basketball in recent years, but that hasn’t been an identity they’ve exemplified this season. Now they run into another elite defensive squad in the Utah Jazz.
The Grizzlies hope that the trip out to Salt Lake City will help them figure things out at the defensive end of the court. They’ll also need to keep a close eye on Gordon Hayward, who put up 20 points in his last game to snap his slump.
Memphis has been in the top five in the league in scoring defense each of the past four seasons, allowing no more than 95.1 points per game in a single season. But this season, the team is allowing 103.8 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting, and ranking near the bottom of the association in 3-point defense, allowing opponents to hit on 41.5 percent of their shots from long distance.
A 50-point loss at the defending champion Golden State Warriors opened this trip, but the team bounced back on Tuesday with a 103-89 win over the Sacramento Kings. They fell back in the wrong direction Thursday in a 115-96 loss at Portland against the Trail Blazers.
Hayward started the year hitting on just 14 of 43 shots from the field before shooting 7 for 13 from the field in a 96-84 win over the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. He hopes to keep that going on Saturday against a Grizzlies team that he averaged 21.0 points on 50.9 percent shooting against in four meetings last season.
The Jazz allowed 88.8 points per game over their final 37 games of the 2014-15 season, compiling a 24-13 record along the way. That strong play in their own end has carried into this season, as the team is allowing just 86.2 points per game.
NBA Betting Trends:
The Grizzlies are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss.
The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings between these teams.
The Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games played on a Saturday.
Free NBA Prediction:
The road side won each of four meetings between these teams a year ago. This matchup with the Jazz is exactly the kind of tight, physical, defense-oriented matchup that the Grizzlies need to get back on track.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Memphis +1
This game is going to have a playoff type feel to it and that’s going to really benefit the Grizzlies, who have more experience in these types of games than the Jazz do, even if Utah is on the right track this season.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Grizzlies 87, Jazz 84
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