Free NBA Pick: Grizzlies vs Jazz Lines
Looking for Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz free NBA picks? NBA betting sees the Grizzlies taking on the Jazz on Monday, November 14, 2016 at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(4-5) Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz (7-4)
Date: Monday, November 14
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Utah -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 185.5
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Monday night sees a battle take place in Salt Lake City, Utah between two stout defenses. The catch is that one traditional power has taken a step back this season, while another up-and-coming playoff hopeful is hitting the scene defensively and looking especially strong on that end of the floor early in the season.
The Memphis Grizzlies travel west to take on the Utah Jazz at 9:00 p.m. ET.
The Grizzlies have made efforts this season to revamp and modernize their game. After firing Dave Joerger and bringing in David Fizdale, the team also picked up Chandler Parsons in free agency.
Memphis has also started utilizing the long-range shot of center Marc Gasol.
The big man isn’t exactly lighting it up from downtown (34.5 percent on 3.6 three-point attempts per game), but he’s been reliable enough to force defense’s hands and add a new, modern threat to a traditionally lackluster offensive attack.
The problem with all of this is that the defense has taken a clear notch down. On the year, Memphis is allowing 102.6 points per game.
That’s still good enough for 13th in the NBA, but it’s not what we’re used to seeing from this group that has made its mantra “Grit and Grind” over the last handful of years.
Memphis has dropped even further in defensive efficiency, currently sitting at 17th.
The Utah Jazz entered the 2016-17 season as a popular pick to not only return to the playoffs but earn themselves home-court advantage.
If the early returns on this new year are any indication, the popular selection might just be the most accurate by the time the season comes to an end.
It’s true that Utah has struggled to find consistent production on offense, but lighting up the gym hasn’t been necessary with this group’s strong defensive attack.
On the year, the Jazz are second in the league in points per game allowed (93.1) and fifth in defensive efficiency.
Against Memphis, a team that while improved on offense isn’t intimidating anybody quite yet, Utah’s defense should look even more impressive.
The Jazz’s impressive frontcourt will have no problems letting the likes of Gasol and Zach Randolph stretch out to the three-point line if that’s how the Grizzlies look to avoid post defenders like Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
- Grizzlies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Grizzlies are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Jazz are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Jazz are 15-3 ATS in their last 18 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Jazz are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz NBA Prediction:
Utah’s defense against Memphis’ offense?
Jazz with the home-court advantage?
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: OVER
The Jazz won’t put up insane offensive numbers, but their defense will carry enough of the workload to make this a one-sided win when all is said and done.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 102 – Memphis 95
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