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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Orlando Magic
NBA: Friday, November 8, Amway Center, Orlando, Florida, 7:00 PM ET
The Memphis Grizzlies snapped the three-game losing streak with a home victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves in a high-scoring affair. Memphis improved to a 2-5 record and is in the 12th position in the Western Conference.
The Orlando Magic failed to end their three-game losing streak as they suffered the fourth consecutive defeat. This time, they fell short to the Dallas Mavericks on the road and dropped to a 2-6 record and in the 14th place in the Eastern Conference.
These rivals met twice in 2018-19, and the home team was victorious on each occasion. Orlando is a better side in H2H duels at Amway Center as they won the previous six encounters here.
The Grizzlies scored season-high 137 points in a win over the WolvesMemphis bounced back from three straight losses with a convincing 137-121 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at home. The Grizzlies scored even 72 points in the opening 24 minutes and were excellent from the field (58.5%), while they also shot well from beyond the arc (52.2%). Dillon Brooks led Memphis with season-high 31 points, while rookie Ja Morant followed him with 24, four rebounds, and four dimes. Brandon Clarke added 18 points and eight boards, Jae Crowder also scored 18, while Jonas Valanciunas posted a double-double of ten points and game-high 14 rebounds. Grayson Allen (left ankle) didn’t play in the last two games and is out of this one as well.
"You've got to be able to do this night-in and night-out," Memphis coach Jenkins said. "Minnesota still scored a bunch of points. We can get better defensively. We can get better offensively. But where we're trending, this was a big step for us."
This season, the Grizzlies have the 18th offense in the NBA that averages 111.0 points per game, and they are facing the Magic's 2nd defense that allows 99.8 points per contest. The Grizzlies are 5th in rebounds with 48.1 and 6th in assists with 25.4 per game.
The Magic fell short to the Mavs in an exciting finishOrlando suffered the fourth consecutive defeat and fourth on the road this season as they fell short to the Dallas Mavericks, 107-106. In a thrilling finish, the Mavs managed to force two charges on Aaron Gordon in the final minute, and the Magic were left empty-handed. Shooting from the perimeter was a problem for the Magic once again as they hit only six of 24 attempts (25.0%). Gordon led Orlando with 23 points, four rebounds, and a pair of thefts. Nikola Vucevic bounced back from a pale display against Oklahoma City with a double-double of 19 points and game-high 11 boards, along with game-high seven assists. DJ Augustin and Michael Carter-Williams scored 13 apiece, while Jonathan Isaac recorded a double-double of 13 points and ten rebounds. Isaac also added five dishes, game-high six rejections, and game-high four steals. Terrence Ross (sore right knee) will likely miss his second game in a row so that MCW will get more minutes on the floor.
Jonathan Isaac became just the third player in the @NBA since 1983-84 with 13+ points, 10+ rebounds, 5+ assists, 6+ blocked shots and 4+ steals in a single game.— Orlando Magic PR (@Magic_PR) November 7, 2019
Isaac joins Hakeem Olajuwon (8 times) and Ralph Sampson as the only players to accomplish the feat.#MagicAboveAll
"It's two plays down the stretch," said Gordon. "One, I like the way I was being aggressive. The other one, I could have made a better decision. We still got a good shot at the end. It's what we wanted but executing down the stretch there's a couple of things we could have done better for sure."
The Magic have the worst offense in the NBA that averages 95.1 points per game, and they are facing the Grizzlies' 25th defense that allows 117.9 points per contest. The Magic are 8th in rebounds with 46.9 and 25th in assists with 21.0 per game.
- 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 5-1 ATS in their last six after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game
- 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com Memphis:
- 1-5 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win
- 2-7 ATS in their last nine vs. the Southeast Division opponents
- 8-20 ATS in their last 28 vs. the Eastern Conference opponents
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Orlando is struggling offensively early in the season, but they showed improvement in a loss to the Mavs. Vucevic, Gordon, and Fournier haven't been consistent so far, but it seems that after a slow start, Gordon is becoming a top option in the offense, and I am backing him to have a big game against Memphis. The Magic are playing one of the best defenses in the NBA, though, and I am going with them to snap the negative run and finally get a win. Memphis is weak on the road, and their defense is not what it used to be. The Grizzlies are not playing well against the Southeast Division rivals, and that's why I am backing the hosts to get a victory.
Prediction: Orlando Magic -6.5 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
Memphis allowed 120 points in each of their two road games this season. The Grizzlies used to have one of the top 5 defenses in the NBA, but that is in the past now. They allowed 100+ points in each of their seven games thus far, and although Orlando has one of the least efficient offenses in the league, I am going with Over here. The total is set at 208, and despite the fact that Orlando scored 100+ points just once this year, I am backing them to do it in this one.
Prediction: Over 208 (-110)