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The Orlando Magic are set to host the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.
Grizzlies plagued by offensive woes
It has been another difficult season for the Grizzlies that has seen them fall completely out of the playoff picture and eliminate before the final few weeks of the year. Although Memphis has won six out of their last 10 games, they hold the third-worst mark in the Western Conference heading into Friday’s contest. It has been a series of ups and downs along the way with them experiencing more of the latter in the process. A large chunk of this has been due to their lack of offensive firepower ranking as one of the least productive teams in the league on that end of the floor. The Grizzlies are currently last in the NBA averaging 102.5 points per contest, which is nearly two points less than any other team, along with being tied for 21st shooting 45.2 percent from the floor, and 28th shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc. This utter lack of offensive fluidity has put them in a tough bind a nightly basis.
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The Grizzlies have had bright spots that include the play of big man Jonas Valanciunas since being acquired from the Toronto Raptors. In 13 games, Valanciunas is averaging 19.1 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 57.6 percent from the floor. He is coming off a career-best performance where he posted a career-high 33 points along with 15 rebounds in the win over the Houston Rockets. Valanciunas has proven to be a major asset offensively. Meanwhile, veteran point guard Mike Conley has continued to lead the way with his scoring as he’s averaging a team-best 20.9 points and 6.5 assists per game. However, if they hope to top the Magic it will need a collective offensive effort while their stout defense that is giving up 104.9 points per contest, which is second-best in the league, to be big factors.
Magic eyeing playoff push
There has been much topsy-turvy nature to the 2018-19 season for the Magic that has seen them continue to make a push for a playoff spot at the bottom of the picture in the Eastern Conference. Orlando has continued to keep their playoff aspirations alive through this final stretch of the year as they are just 1.5 games out of the final playoff spot that is currently being held by the Miami Heat. They have kept above water in the last 10 games with six wins during this span that has put them in a spot to possibly sneak in. It has put them in a spot of a must-win game each game moving forward that has placed a great deal of importance on Friday’s game against the Grizzlies, who have long been eliminated from playoff contention in their respective conference. This has also seen a greater reliance on their core group to lead the charge on the floor.
Vooch finished the first quarter with 11 rebounds. (One shy of tying the team record for most rebounds in a quarter 👀) pic.twitter.com/5wKaoQSFvx
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Big man Nikola Vucevic has continued to lead the charge on the floor behind his consistent play in what has been the best campaign of his career. Vucevic hasn’t taken his foot off the gas averaging career-best numbers across the board with 20.6 points and 12.2 rebounds while shooting 51.7 percent from the floor along with shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc. His production has been key in leading the charge for the Magic that has seen them rely heavily on him each game to lead the way. In the last five games, he has notched a double-double in each contest while scoring more than 20 points three times. Meanwhile, forward Aaron Gordon has been a major factor in the last 10 games as he’s averaging 17.9 points and 8.3 rebounds on 44.9 percent shooting from the floor and 39.6 percent from beyond the arc. The combined production from these two should help guide the Magic to their fourth straight win moving past the Grizzlies.
- Magic are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- Magic are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games playing on one day’s rest.
- Magic are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games against a team with a losing road record.
- Grizzlies are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 road games.
- Grizzlies are 2-6 ATS in their last eight Friday games.
- Grizzlies are 1-6 ATS in their last seven against Southeast division opponents
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Magic are still making a push toward the playoffs with them trending forward over the last several games. The Grizzlies struggles offensively should come into play allowing Orlando to grab the edge in the contest. This contest has the making for the Magic to grab a much-needed win on their home floor.
Full-Game Total Pick
This is a matchup between two of the least offensively productive teams in the league. The Grizzlies’ stout defense should play a factor in this contest that will make this a lower scoring affair. Keep in mind, the under is 4-1 in the last five meetings between both teams.