New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 9 (4/9): NBA

New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, Pick and Preview, April 9 (4/9): NBA

Credit: photo by Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 6:00 p.m. EST
Pelicans money line +195
Pelicans spread +5.5 (-110)
Kings money line -238
Kings spread -5.5 (-110)
Over / under 232.5

 

2021-2022 season stats

  New Orleans Pelicans Memphis Grizzlies
Record 36-44 55-25
Road / home record 17-23 29-10
Streak W3 W1
Points per game 109.26 115.36
Points allowed per game 109.68 109.51
Rebounds per game 45.43 49.21
Rebounds allowed per game 41.69 43.01
Over / under record 32-48 40-36-4
 

Preview

The New Orleans Pelicans hit the road and will visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. This is the fourth and last time these teams face off this season, the Grizzlies have the lead 2-1 in the season series.

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

The Pelicans have won 4 of their last 5 games and are 17-23 on the road with a 36-44 record ranking third in the Southwest. The Pelicans are 6-9 against opponents from the Southwest Division. New Orleans ranks seventh in the Western Conference giving up just 109.7 points while holding opponents to 46.8% shooting.

Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 17.9 points and 11.5 rebounds for the Pelicans. McCollum is averaging 2.8 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for New Orleans.

In their last 10 games, the Pelicans are 7-3, averaging 114.6 points, 45.1 rebounds, 24.4 assists, 10.1 steals and 3.7 blocks per game while shooting 47.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.2 points

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

The Grizzlies have won 3 of their last 5 games and are 29-10 at home so far this season. They have a 55-25 overall record ranking 1st in the Soutwest Division. The Grizzlies are 10-5 against division opponents. Memphis is the Western Conference leader with 14.1 offensive rebounds per game led by Steven Adams averaging 4.6.

Desmond Bane is scoring 18.2 points per game with 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Grizzlies. De'Anthony Melton is averaging 16.3 points and 5.2 rebounds over the past 10 games for Memphis.

In their last 10 games the Grizzlies are 7-3, averaging 120.0 points, 47.9 rebounds, 27.4 assists, 9.3 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 110.6 points per game.

INJURIES: Morant (knee) may return to the lineup starting Saturday against the Pelicans. With Memphis locked in with the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, though, the team will likely not rush back its star guard in two meaningless matchups. However, it may be beneficial for the Murray State product to play a few minutes before the Grizzlies start their playoff run next weekend.

BETTING TRENDS

New Orleans are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games.

New Orleans are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against Memphis.

Memphis are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games.

Memphis are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games at home.

Prediction

The Pelicans have won 7 of their last 10 games and are playing good defensively allowing just 108.2 ppg but they'll face the #2 offense in the NBA. The Grizzlies are averaging 120 ppg in the last 10 games and are playing outstanding at home and currently on a 5 game winning streak in Memphis. There's a chance that Morant plays but he could be on minutes restriction as it's not neccesary for him to play. The Pelicans can climb a spot in the table if they win the next 2 games and the Clippers lose. Take the Pelicans to cover.

PICK: Pelicans +5.5 (-110)

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