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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies Prediction,
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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#515 New Orleans Pelicans
Pelicans 2.5
#516 Memphis Grizzlies
Grizzlies -2.5

Monday, January 20, 2020 at 5:05pm

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Game Stats

New Orleans Pelicans

16 - 27

20-20
ATS
25-18
O/U
114
PPG
117
OPPG

Memphis Grizzlies

20 - 22

22-19
ATS
22-20
O/U
113
PPG
115
OPPG

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New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies

Where: FedExForum

When: Monday, January 20, 2020, 5:00 pm ET

We have a Southwest Division NBA matchup to consider when the New Orleans Pelicans meet the Memphis Grizzlies for game one of their four-game season series. New Orleans is coming off a 133-130 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis enters this matchup looking to extend a seven-game winning streak when they host the Pelicans on Monday afternoon.

Pelicans Fall to Clippers

The Pelicans have won three of their last five games and if the regular season were to end today, New Orleans would be the twelfth seed in the Western Conference. Monday is a one-off home game for New Orleans and they have a record of 8-14 away from Smoothie King Arena this season.

New Orleans scores 113.8 points while allowing a twenty-ninth-best 117.3 points per game and is shooting 45 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from downtown and 73.6 percent from the charity stripe this season.

The Pelicans have six players scoring in double figures and are led by forward Brandon Ingram. Ingram averages 25.6 points per game with a team-high 6.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Ingram is dropping 40 percent of his triple tries this season and is coming off a 21 point, seven caroms, six assists night in New Orleans’ home loss to the Clippers.

Grizzlies Seven Game Winning Streak

The Grizzlies have won seven straight games and if the regular season were to end today, Memphis would be the seventh seed in the Western Conference. Monday night ends a three-game homestand and then it’s out on the road for a short, two-game trip to Boston and Detroit. The Grizzlies are 12-12 at home this season with a six-game home winning streak.

Memphis scores an average of 113.5 points and allows 115.8 points per game while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor, 35.9 percent from downtown and 78.8 percent from the charity stripe this season.

The Grizzlies have six players scoring in double digits and are led by rookie guard Ja Morant. Morant averages 17.7 points per game with a team-high seven assists along with 3.5 caroms this season. Morant is coming off a 16 point, five rebounds, and eight assists night in the Grizzlies home victory over Cleveland.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

I will be going with the Grizzlies in this matchup. Guarding Morant is difficult enough and without Jru Holiday in the lineup, Morant is going to feast on the defensively challenged Pelicans. Memphis is playing exceptional basketball recently at home and New Orleans isn’t going to be able to outscore Memphis on Monday afternoon. The Pelicans will get there’s but it just won’t be enough. I am going with the Grizzlies to defeat the Pelicans in this matchup.

Prediction: Memphis

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

My math has this one at 225 points and that number might be a tad bit low for this matchup. Both teams play at two of the fastest paces in the NBA and I expect a high scoring game. New Orleans jacks up an NBA best 92 shots from the field per game and is a team that knows how to score buckets and their poor defense allows the second-most points in the NBA with Memphis allowing the third-most points. I will play the OVER at 225 points and below in this contest.

Prediction: Over

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