Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis Tennessee
When: Monday November 12, 2018 8:00 pm Eastern
The Utah Jazz travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies Monday night. Utah has won two straight including a 123-115 win over the Boston Celtics and Memphis have also won two straight including a 112-106 overtime victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Utah Ruins the Return of Gordon Hayward
The Jazz ruined the return of Gordon Hayward by outlasting the Celtics 123-115. Jazz small forward Joe Ingles and his 27 points and seven assists were too much for the Kyrie Irving-less Celtics to overcome. Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points, Jae Crowder scored 20 and Rudy Gobert scored 17 points and nabbed 15 boards for the winning Jazz. Utah won the battle of the rebounds 56-35, committed 17 turnovers and scored 28 of their of their 123 points off of turnovers.
— NBA (@NBA) November 10, 2018
The Jazz are scoring 111 points per game and allowing 109 points per game this season. Utah shoots 47 percent from the line, 35 percent from downtown and 73 percent from the line. The Jazz play at a 102.5 Pace Rate and a Defensive Efficiency Rating of 107.5.
Memphis Has Won Two Straight
The Grizzlies knocked off a shorthanded 76ers team on Saturday night but they needed the extra five minutes to do so, but a win is a win. Mike Conley scored 32 points, Marc Gasol added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Garrett Temple went three of six from beyond the arc to finish with 17 points to pace the Grizzlies. If we look at the game summary, Philadelphia dominated the Grizzlies on the boards 58-51 and in points in the paint 60-56. Okay, dominated might be strong but the Grizzlies were outplayed and without Conley heroics they lose at home to Philly.
5-0 at the crib 🏠
Coach Bickerstaff on the home court advantage:
“We feed off their energy and it starts to way on our opponents” pic.twitter.com/KZgFcNB4ZK
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) November 11, 2018
Memphis is scoring 103 points per game and allow 101 points per game. The Grizzlies shoot 44 percent from the field, 37 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the line. Memphis plays at the slowest pace in the league (97.7) and their 102.5 Defensive Efficiency Rating ranks #6 in the NBA.
- Grizzlies are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Northwest.
- Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Grizzlies are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Jazz are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This is probably my favorite game on the NBA slate. The games between these two teams really boils down to two things; if Mike Conley leads the team in scoring and Marc Gasol is knocking down triples, the Grizzlies will beat Utah in Memphis. You heard what Bickerstaff said about playing at home and its true. Containing Donovan Mitchell won’t be easy but at least the Grizzlies have a wing defender in Garrett Temple that can at least stay with him defensively. That will be huge and why I am playing the Grizzlies on Monday night.
Prediction: Grizzlies +2
Full-Game Total Pick
Forget all about the higher than usual Utah Jazz Defensive Efficiency Rating because it doesn’t tell the whole truth; the Jazz play defense and so do the Grizzlies. Mike Conley knows how to beat the Jazz and he’s a maestro at controlling the tempo. I promise you Memphis will play at a snail’s pace, take the air out of the ball, and make this a game with less then 200 possessions. Neither of these teams shoot well enough to go over the total with that many possessions. I will play the under on Monday.
Prediction: Under 205 Points