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2020 NBA Handicapping (Orlando Restart)
(32-35) Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans (28-38)
Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Field House | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Grizzlies +162 | Pelicans -180
NBA Betting Odds: Grizzlies +4.5 | Pelicans -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 237.5
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It’s been a tough start to the ‘seeding’ games for the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies who’ve both lost their two initial matches.
This is the third meeting between the clubs with the Pelicans having won both matches.
The Grizzlies let an opportunity to win a big game slip away versus the Portland Trail Blazers in their opening match losing in overtime. Sunday they fought back from trailing the San Antonio Spurs by nine but ultimately lost in clutch time.
That’s two consecutive losses to chase pack teams.
Rookie Ja Morant did everything in his power to will his Grizzlies to a win coming up one assist and one rebound shy of a triple-double (25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists).
Jonas Valanciunas delivered a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds while Jaren Jackson (21), Dillon Brooks (16), and Grayson Allen (15) each reached double-figure scoring.
The Grizzlies were in both games which prompted coach Taylor Jenkins to say he hopes his young charges have learned from these two games how important it is to compete for all 48 minutes.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans had the easiest strength of schedule for the eight seeded games based on cumulative opponent wins. However, that advantage didn’t help New Orleans who’ve lost their first two games and have fallen to 11th.
In the loss to the Clippers, Zion Williamson looked out of place, not fully in game shape, and tweaked his ankle.
Brandon Ingram scored 14 while Derrick Favors came a rebound shy of a double-double (12 points, 9 rebounds). The game was essentially over before the half after the Clippers outscored New Orleans 40 to 20 in the second quarter.
The reserves fought valiantly with Nickeil Alexander-Walker scoring 15 while J.J. Reddick and Frank Jackson each chipped in 11 points.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-2 in Grizzlies last 9 overall.
- Under is 19-7 in Grizzlies last 26 Mon. games.
- Pelicans are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Mon. games.
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
The Pelicans are limiting Zion’s minutes but you have to wonder if the focus on the rookie has shifted the team’s focus away from winning.
Still, the Pelicans’ next six games feature the Grizzlies, Kings (twice), Wizards, Spurs, and Magic. That’s all teams in the chase pack or teams residing no higher than seventh.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Take the under
Another loss today would all but end the Pelicans shot of being the team who forces a play-in tournament.
Although the Grizzlies still hold the eighth seed and the advantage of only needing to win one of two games should a play-in tournament occur it’s imperative they stop this losing skid to retain their confidence.
Today’s match will define which club has greater grit. Given the must-win dynamics expect both clubs to bring a better defensive effort and therefore score well under the betting total of 237.5 points.
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