Grizzlies vs Pacers Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/21

Grizzlies vs Pacers Prediction NBA Picks Today 12/21

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Indiana Pacers vs. Memphis Grizzlies Preview and Prediction - KingPin Pro

Memphis, TN; Thursday, 6:00 p.m. CST

Spread: MEM -4.5
Over/Under: 247.5

 

Introduction

The Indiana Pacers (14-12) go head-to-head with the Memphis Grizzlies (7-19) at the FedExForum on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. CST. This preview delves into team statistics, player performances, recent matchups, and outlines why the Pacers are likely to cover the +4.5 points spread.

 

Team Analysis

Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers, currently eighth in the Eastern Conference, have shown resilience with a 14-12 record. Tyrese Haliburton leads the team in scoring and has been a key player for the Pacers.

Player Spotlight: T. Haliburton

Tyrese Haliburton is the Pacers' leading scorer, averaging 24.9 points per game with an impressive 86.9% field goal percentage. His playmaking skills and efficiency make him a crucial asset for the Pacers.

 

Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies, positioned 13th in the Western Conference, have struggled with a 7-19 record. Desmond Bane has been a standout performer for the Grizzlies.

Player Spotlight: D. Bane

Desmond Bane leads the Grizzlies in scoring with 24.4 points per game and boasts an impressive 85.6% free-throw shooting. Despite their record, Bane's contributions provide hope for the Grizzlies.

 

Injuries

Andrew Nembhard is listed as a game-time decision for the Indiana Pacers. Memphis Grizzlies' Marcus Smart is also a game-time decision, while Luke Kennard remains out until December 23, and Derrick Rose until December 26.

 

Recent Performances

The Pacers are coming off a tough loss against the LA Clippers, facing a challenging stretch. The Grizzlies secured a close win against the New Orleans Pelicans, showing signs of improvement.

 

Prediction

Despite being the road team, the Indiana Pacers have the potential to cover the +4.5 points spread. Tyrese Haliburton's scoring prowess and playmaking abilities could pose challenges for the Grizzlies' defense.

The Grizzlies, while improving, have struggled to secure wins, and the Pacers, with their balanced offense, are poised to keep the game close. The +4.5 points spread provides a cushion for the Pacers to cover, even if the Grizzlies win.

Expect a competitive matchup with the Pacers staying within reach, making them a favorable pick against the spread.

 

Pick: Indiana Pacers +4.5

 

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