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Where: TD Garden
When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 7:30 pm ET
We have a non-conference NBA matchup to consider when the Memphis Grizzlies meet the Boston Celtics for game one of their two-game season series. Memphis is coming off a 126-116 home loss to the New Orleans Pelicans and Boston enters this matchup hoping to extend a one-game winning streak when they host the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
Grizzlies Fall to PelicansThe Grizzlies have won four of their last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Memphis would be the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Wednesday marks the beginning of a two-game road trip and after Wednesday night head to Detroit for a Friday night game with the Pistons.
Memphis score 113.5 points while allowing 115.8 points per game and is shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from downtown and 78.8 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Grizzlies have six players scoring in double figures and are led by rookie guard Ja Morant. Morant averages 17.9 points per game with 3.5 rebounds and a team-high seven assists per game. Morant is dropping 40.5 percent of his triple tries this season and is coming off a 16 point, nine assist night in the Grizzlies home loss to New Orleans.
Celtics Bury LakersThe Celtics have won two of their last five games and if the regular season were to end today, Boston would be the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. Wednesday night marks game three of a three-game homestand and then it’s out on the road for a three-game road trip. Boston is 17-5 at home this season and is coming off a home rout over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Boston scores an average of 111.7 points and allows 105.6 points per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the floor, 35.2 percent from downtown and 80.7 percent from the charity stripe this season.
The Celtics have five players scoring in double digits and are led by All-Star guard Kemba Walker. Walker scores an average of 22.1 points per game with four rebounds and leads Boston with five assists per game. Walker is draining 39 percent of his triple attempts this season and scored 20 points with seven assists and four caroms in the Celtics home victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Trends from Covers.com Boston is:
- 35-17-4 ATS last 56 Wednesday games.
- 2-5 ATS last 7 in series.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I will be going with the Celtics in this matchup. They are coming off a big win over the Lakers and they are healthy. Memphis is a young team and they were buried at home by the Pelicans and it won’t get any easier against Walker and the Celtics. Memphis just saw a seven-game winning streak snapped and have been playing very good ball, but they are a below .500 team on the road and I have to take the Celtics to beat the Grizzlies in this matchup.
Full-Game Total Pick
My math has this one at 223 points and that number might be a tad bit high for this matchup. The Grizzlies are one of the fastest-paced teams while the Celtics is a below-average pace game and the Boston veterans aren’t going to want to get into a track meet with the young Grizzlies. Expect Walker to walk the ball up the floor and that will limit the possessions for both teams. Boston is a top-five defensive team and they are going to be in Morant’s grill the entire night. I will play UNDER at 223 points and above in this contest.