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(19-26) Memphis Grizzlies vs. Toronto Raptors (34-13)
Date: Saturday January 19
Time: 4:30PM EST
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -12.5
NBA Betting Total: 211
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This weekend finds the Western Conference cellar fodder the Memphis Grizzlies travelling north to the frigid temperatures and gusting snow of Ontario, to take on the Toronto Raptors, second in the entire East. It should be as much of a mismatch as it seems for the fans willing to brave the conditions.
A fierce blizzard is supposed to clatter the area south of Toronto (Buffalo area), but there could still be enough inclement weather to produce a few empty seats in the generally hot-ticket Scotiabank Arena (aka the Air Canada Centre for those – like me – not up on the latest sponsorship deals).
For years, the Grizz possessed a truly nice duo to build around in guard Mike Conley and big Marc Gasol. Both of them, but Gasol in particular, are underrated superstars in the league. Unfortunately, those guys are old now and that window has closed for Memphis. They currently sit second from the bottom in the Western Conference, and dead last in the Southwest division.
The Grizzlies have won only one of their last 11 ballgames, which is a godawful metric no matter where you sit in the NBA’s pecking order. Conley and Gasol still lead the way, but they are merely good now rather than great.
Elsewhere, the Grizzlies use a rotation of Jaren Jackson, JaMychal Green and Shelvin Mack. All these roation guys can contribute, but they are damn near interchangeable in a league that runs on pace, ball movement, and knocking down the three. The Grizzlies’ grinding style was effective 5-10 years ago, but they’ve effectively been made obsolete.
Toronto’s suffocating ‘D’ and blazing pace should punish the creaky Grizzlies, even if the Raptors aren’t knocking down a ton of threes. The Raps present simply too many match-up problems for a visiting team that sorely needs to blow it up and rebuild in earnest.
You wouldn’t know it by scanning the top headlines of ESPN or CBS Sports, but the Raptors are among the NBA’s elite teams, and have been for a while now. The decision by Raps GM Masai Ujiri to swap All-Stars in the deal that sent DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio in exchange for Kawhi Leonard has worked out for both parties so far, but that’ll ultimately be assessed in the spring with playoff basketball.
A young stud like Pascal Siakam emerging has also been huge for Toronto. If the Raptors have a weakness, it is three-point shooting – which is a big thing as it’s such a crucial component of the NBA game in 2019. Supposed long bombers like C.J. Miles haven’t been converting buckets at their career norms. If Miles finds his shooting form again, the Raps’ll be really tough to beat.
NBA Betting Trends:
- MEM are 7-21 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
- Over is 20-8 in MEM last 28 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Over is 17-7 in MEM last 24 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Over is 7-2 in TOR last 9 overall.
- TOR are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Sat. games.
- Over is 8-3 in TOR last 11 Sat. games.
- Under is 15-3 in the last 18 meetings in Toronto.
- Under is 28-9 in the last 37 meetings.
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
The two franchises that started out as Canadian expansion clubs in the 1990s (gosh, what Canadian doesn’t get nostalgic about Bryant ‘Big Country’ Reeves and the Vancouver Grizzlies?) have taken different trajectories. The Raps struggled in the woods forever, but have finally reaped some good harvests in the past five seasons – though they desire an elusive NBA Finals appearance.
The Grizzlies, meanwhile, have been the gold standard for consistency for most of the past decade, with some playoff appearances sprinkled in. But time has caught up with them, and it’s time for all fans in western Tennessee and Mississippi to accept that.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -12.5
Look for the Raptors to romp in this one. The prehistoric predator slays the modern one in this contest.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 118 – Grizzlies 95
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