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2021 NBA Handicapping
(33-33) Memphis Grizzlies vs. Toronto Raptors (27-40)
Date: Saturday, May 8th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Grizzlies -200 | Raptors +170
NBA Betting Odds: Grizzlies -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 226.5
On Saturday, May 8th, the Memphis Grizzlies will attempt to stop a six-game winning streak by the Toronto Raptors that stretches back four seasons. The initial match of this season occurred on February 28th (128-113).
It’s a contest between the two clubs who originally both started out in Canada (Vancouver Grizzlies). With the pandemic ongoing, this season the Raptors have been playing out of Tampa Bay so no basketball action has taken place north of the border.
Last season, the squads played only a single time due to the pandemic with Toronto taking that match. The Raptors hold the all-time record having won 26 matches of the 49 played.
Big man Jonas Valanciunas will be up to face many of his former teammates. Parting with him for Marc Gasol was a tough choice for the Raptors franchise but in hindsight was likely the move that pushed them over the top to win the title.
Although the Larry O’B came North of the border you can bet the Raptors look at JV’s averages of 16.7 points and 12.3 rebounds this season and lick their lips.
The center spot in Toronto was the biggest issue after Gasol and Serge Ibaka both bolted for LA although to different sides of Staples Center.
Jaren Jackson Jr. is also back on the court but Memphis is struggling to add consistency going 2-5 in their last seven games with an embarrassing loss to the Pistons on Thursday.
JV dropped a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds while Ja Morant scored 20 points. Jackson (17), John Konchar (11), and Brandon Clarke (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Grayson Allenson (abdominal) and Sean McDermott (foot) are both out Saturday.
In hindsight, it feels like the hints were always there. The Raptors kept fighting but the most obvious sign was right in front of us in black and white — the injury report.
If Toronto truly had designs of getting that 10th seed there is no way Kyle Lowry is a healthy scratch in two of the last four games and in particular the one against the Wizards –the team currently in 10th.
That was Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster showing their hand and now it seems so crystal clear. All season the club has dealt with adversity whether it was being the only team playing away from home, the rash of COVID infections that took out a trio of the starting lineup for close to 20 days, or constant and ongoing injuries.
With an extremely deep 2021 draft class, the Raptors could conceivably add a talent to go with their core. With their loss to Washington and the Bulls’ victory, it moved Toronto to have the seventh-best odds of winning the top pick at the lottery.
Recalling the 2019 Draft lottery the Pelicans had the 8th best odds of winning the top pick (Zion Williamson) but got lucky.
Considering Ujrii had built this entire year around gunning for Giannis Antetokounmpo in the upcoming free agency this could be one heck of a pivot.
Imagine the core of Siakam, VanVleet, Anunoby, and Trent Jr with the addition of Cade Cunningham or Evan Mobley.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Raptors are 9-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Raptors are 9-1 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-5-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
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