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(17-10) Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies (18-10)
Date: Sunday December 18
Time: 6:00PM EST
Venue: FedExForum, Memphis Tennessee
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Utah -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 185.5
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The Utah Jazz came away on the winning end of a 103-100 point game over the Dallas Mavericks in their last match, while the Memphis Grizzlies weren’t as lucky, coming away on the losing end of a tough 96-92 points loss to the Sacramento Kings.
The Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks both continued making a game of it through the full four quarters of play. But in the end, a clutch basket from Rodney Hood allowed Utah to take the three points lead, and ultimately come away with the win.
Hood finished the game with 15 points on 6-11 shooting from the field. However, the scoring to end the game wasn’t what got Utah the win. In reality, it all came down to the teams’ defensive efforts.
Wesley Matthews made just 4-11 of his shot attempts, while Dwight Powell wasn’t any better making only 3-9 of his shot attempts.
The play of those two really helped catapult the Jazz into the victory seat, especially Wes Matthews, who couldn’t get the lid off the basket at the end of the game.
But now Utah has got to do that again, against an even stronger opposition in the Memphis Grizzlies.
Memphis is a more talented team then the Mavericks so Utah has to come out with that same competitive edge on the defensive end of the floor if they’re to come away winners this outing.
The Memphis Grizzlies let an easy win slip away at the hands of the Sacramento Kings. Memphis just came out on the gates with little to no effort right from the get go. An Sacramento took advantage of that.
The Kings outscored Memphis through all of the first three quarters of play. But the Grizzlies started getting themselves back into the game with an excellent showing in the fourth quarter. Memphis outplayed Sacramento 27-20 in the final frame of action.
However, in the end it still wasn’t enough as the Kings led by four points to close out the game.
But it also didn’t help that star center Marc Gasol just couldn’t get going on the night. He shot 6-18 from the field, and 0-4 from behind the arc. With him being the focal point of the Grizzlies offense, it really hurt Memphis all game, because Gasol continued to struggle all night.
Now all of that didn’t have to do with him, as Demarcus Cousins did a great job containing him. But he’s got to produce next game if Memphis is planning on winning the game.
Utah does a great job defending opposing teams, so Gasol needs to get going early, in order to get the Grizzlies moving on the right track.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-0 in Grizzlies last 6 overall
- Under is 4-0 in Grizzlies last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Under is 5-1 in Grizzlies last 6 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Under is 5-1-1 in Grizzlies last 7 vs. Western Conference
- Under is 21-8 in the last 29 meetings in Memphis
Free Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Prediction:
Both these teams are elite defensive clubs. So look for this to be a low scoring affair. Especially since Utah and Memphis are both one of the slowest paced teams in the league.
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NBA Free Score Prediction: Utah 98 – Grizzlies 96
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