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2022 NBA Handicapping
(40-18) Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans (23-34)
Date: Tuesday, February 15th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center
NBA Moneyline Odds: Grizzlies -150 | Pelicans +140 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Grizzlies -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 227.5
Tuesday, February 15th, finds the Memphis Grizzlies facing the New Orleans Pelicans for the second of four meetings this season. New Orleans won on November 13th (112-101)
Memphis will host the final two meetings between the squads on March 8th and April 9th.
The Grizzlies are riding a five-game win streak having last played Saturday defeating the Hornets 125-118 while the Pelicans thumped the Raptors 120-90 on the front side of a back-to-back set.
The Grizzlies became the third team in the NBA to register 40 victories and coincidentally all three are in the West (Suns, Warriors). I’d say that’s another sign of the power shift to the East has occurred.
It was inevitable this would happen. For years we’ve witnessed two to four top Eastern teams do this while eight to 10 clubs in the West were battling.
The symmetry of that dynamic flipping is intriguing. Think the Bucks, Raptors, Celtics, and 76ers as the core four in the past five years.
Although last year was an outlier the Bucks and 76ers remained in that upper echelon with the Heat back in the mix while the Raps & Celts dropped (more by circumstance in my opinion) so it’s not surprising those two teams were/are the hottest these past few weeks.
The Grizzlies are the rising stars in the West and the Cavs in the East – the only teams with young relatively inexperienced young cores who solved the puzzle of how to be consistent. As much as talent matters – the big tell here is it’s equally tied to culture and identity.
If you had to bet right now on which of the restructuring young teams (outside the top six) will be the next to take a similar leap as the Grizzlies/Cavs who would you bet on?
Would you go with the young teams already teeming with talent and budding superstars like the Wolves, Pelicans, Hornets, Kings, and Rockets, or go with the Spurs and/or Thunder?
I’d be inclined to pick the latter because (to borrow from Sam Hinkie) I trust their “process” of the firmly developed culture and entrenched identity.
Since 2003-04 when the Grizzles reached their first postseason they’ve had a four and three-year brief absence before returning while the Kings have missed 15 consecutive seasons and the Wolves have one trip in the past 17 seasons. Coincidence? I don’t think so
Ja Morant (ankle) is questionable, Killian Tillie (back) and Santi Aldama (foot) were upgraded to probable, while Yves Pons (thigh) and Xavier Tillman (thigh) were downgraded to out. Dillon Brooks (ankle) remains out.
New Orleans Pelicans
Although the excess minutes the Raptors starters have played was bound to catch up to them to take away from how completely dominant the Pelicans performed on Monday would be a mistake.
The addition of CJ McCollum has made a palpable difference alongside core starters Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas. This reformulated group is starting to take shape and unlike many of the young teams noted above they have a discernible identity.
Fitting in perfectly with the above young vets are youngsters Jaxson Hayes, Herb Jones, and Jose Alvarado. Credit head coach Willie Green for getting everyone to buy into their role.
They’ve won five of their last seven and the prospect of Zion Williamson (not to mention Larry Nance Jr.) returning this season to play alongside this group should have the teams slotted in the four play-in spots sweating.
Zion Williamson (foot) and Larry Nance Jr. are out indefinitely. Kira Lewis Jr. (ACL) is lost for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Memphis are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games.
- New Orleans is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Memphis’ last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New Orleans’ last 10 games.
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Analysis:
The Grizzlies are so darn consistent and reliable I’d normally just jump on them but what I’ve seen the past few weeks from the Pels has me sitting up and taking notice. The issue of course is whether they’ll maintain this focus.
They feel as if they’re on the precipice of becoming a team that refuses to lose three games in a row and brings playoff intensity in those outings to ensure they keep progressing or makes sure to come out aggressive the second game of a back-to-back.
The oddsmakers must also be thinking that because the Pels played Monday so Memphis has the two-day rest advantage but is only favored by 3.5 points.
I’m taking the points and the Pels – — something’s brewing here.
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