Memphis Grizzlies vs Phoenix Suns

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The Phoenix Suns aim to keep their terrific record going when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night. Both teams are coming into this game on the back of a loss in their previous game.

Grizzlies slip below 0.500 again

Season form

Three losses in their last four games have pushed the Grizzlies below 0.500 for the season. The Grizzlies were beaten 128-122 in the previous game by the Oklahoma City Thunder as they slipped to 17-18 for the season.

What was said?

“We give them a lot of credit, I thought the Thunder played great today,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins said. “We couldn’t get in a rhythm, I felt, offensively. We put them on the free-throw line too much. They got hot, you gotta give them credit.”

As reported by AP: Jaren Jackson Jr. (left knee meniscus surgery recovery) remained out. The Grizzlies fell to 1-1 against the Thunder. The teams will play again on March 24. The Grizzlies scored 35 points via turnovers to the Thunders’ 11. Kyle Anderson had 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting.

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Suns lose to Pacers but still leading the Pacific Division

Season form

The Suns have had a delightful season to date. They are now 25-12 for the season despite losing their previous game to the Indiana Pacers 122-111. They are leading the Pacific Division with a better record than the Los Angeles Lakers.

What was said?

“They were a bit more urgent and desperate than we were tonight from the jump,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. “We had it in spurts but they had it more consistently.”

According to AP, the game was originally scheduled for Jan. 16 but was one of three Suns games postponed due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Cam Johnson sat out because of health and safety protocols. The Suns are 12-7 at home and 13-5 on the road.

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The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

This is a tricky prediction to make. The Suns are undeniably the better team, which means they should win this game. But the Grizzlies are no pushovers, far from it actually. They have a lot of heart and spirit, and a talented roster too. They will fight through Ja Morant and the rest of their strong core. Even though the Suns should win this, I’m backing the Grizzlies to keep this under two possessions for the majority of the game.

Prediction:
Memphis +7

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

Even though the Suns are averaging 113 points per game, which puts them 12th in the NBA, they will lead the pace of this game. The Grizzlies don’t have the best offense themselves, scoring an average of 112.1 points per game, 19th in the league, but they do have a high-paced game. Overall, this seems like a game that will be charged offensively. Both teams are also coming off losses, which means they will be keen to put up a classy offensive performance, which will take the total over.

Prediction:
Over 228