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2020 NBA Handicapping
(1-3) Memphis Grizzlies vs. Charlotte Hornets (2-2)
Date: Friday, January 1, 2021
Time: 7:00PM EST
Venue: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
NBA Moneyline Odds: Grizzlies +160 | Hornets -165
NBA Betting Odds: Grizzlies +4 | Hornets -4
NBA Betting Total: 219
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As the New Years Day slate tips off Memphis Grizzlies and the Charlotte Hornets will face each other for the first time this season. The two teams are expected to be headed back to the lottery although both have made positive impressions in the early season with their youthful cores that will undoubtedly factor in the future.
The Hornets hold the all-time record between the clubs with 24 wins in 43 meetings. Last season the teams met for their typical two games with Memphis winning both.
When Ja Morant suffered a nasty grade two ankle sprain that rendered him unavailable for at least the next three to five weeks Memphis knew the situation was dire.
But, since the rising sophomore superstar left the game in a wheelchair and eventually the Barklay Center in a walking boot the Grizzlies learned precisely how harrowing their task would be.
Their first opponent post-Morant injury was the Celtics which resulted in a 106-126 loss.
The Grizzlies battled with a limited roster as Jonas Valanciunas led the way posting a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Four others joined him scoring in double-figures including Gorgui Dieng (17), Dillon Brooks (16), rookie Desmond Bane (16), and Brandon Clarke (10).
As the team continues their road trip the list of walking wounded beyond Morant and Jaren Jackson (knee) is substantial.
Case in point, De’Anthony Melton (COVID-19 contract tracing) Killian Tillian (hamstring), Jontay Porter (knee), Xavier Tillman (knee), and Justise Winslow (hip) are all listed as definitely out. Grayson Allen (ankle) is the lone player listed as questionable.
Trying to figure out what the Hornets will do is an exercise in futility. They’ve lost to two lottery teams – the Cavaliers and Thunder but beat preseason projected playoff squads the Nets and Mavericks.
The victory over the Mavericks occurred in Dallas via a 19-point rout. Rookie LaMelo Ball who struggled to shoot in his initial three games found his stroke in Dallas leading the team with 22 points along with five assists and eight rebounds.
Miles Bridges continues to serve early signs he’ll be a candidate for Sixth Man (and/or Most Improved) posting a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Gordon Hayward (11), P.J. Washington (11), and Jalen McDaniels (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Grant Riller has missed the last four games and is questionable for Friday. Cody Zeller (hand) that will hold him out for up to six weeks.
NBA Betting Trends:
- MEM are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- Under is 6-2 in MEM last 8 overall.
- Under is 12-5 in CHA last 17 overall.
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. Charlotte Hornets NBA Prediction:
On paper, the Hornets win this match 99 times out of 100 based on health and talent. The issue is the Hornets have let lower-tier teams beat them not looking anything remotely close to the team who beat the Nets and Mavs.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Grizzlies +4
Until Charlotte delivers a similar result against a team they should beat as they have versus the top tier it’s hard to pick them to cover the spread.
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