Check out our free Rockets vs Grizzlies pick and preview for this NBA game in Memphis. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Rockets vs Grizzlies NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Houston Rockets at Memphis Grizzlies
- Where: Memphis at FedExForum
- Date: Friday, March 24th
- Betting Odds MEM -13.5, HOU +580 | MEM -851 O/U 233.5
The Rockets come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 18-55. So far, the team has gone 29-42-2 against the spread. Against the Grizzlies, the Rockets are looking to break out of a 3 game losing streak. They have lost these games by an average of -9.33 points.
The Rockets will be looking to bounce back from a 130-125 loss to the Grizzlies. In terms of betting, Houston entered as 12 point underdogs, giving them an ATS win. Houston got off to a slow start, trailing by 11 points going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Jalen Green, as he contributed 32 points while hitting 55.6% of his shots.
The Grizzlies come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 45-27. So far, the team has gone 33-37-2 against the spread. Against the Rockets, the Grizzlies are looking to add to their current 4 game winning streak. The average margin of victory across these matchups is 7.25.
The Grizzlies are coming off a 130-125 win over the Rockets. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 12 point favorites. Memphis only let the Rockets marginally cut into their 11 point halftime lead. In the win, Jaren Jackson Jr. led the team in scoring with 37 points on a field goal percentage of 70.0%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most reecent game between the two teams, the Grizzlies picked up a 129-122 win over the Rockets. When looking at the outcome vs the spread, Memphis entered as the 7.0 point favorite, resulting in an ATS push. So far this season, the Grizzlies have a record of 3-0 vs the Rockets. Similar to their season-long average, the Rockets averaged 107.25 points per game vs the Grizzlies. Similar to the Rockets, the Grizzlies scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Houston, the team averaged 120.75 points per game. Across the previous 5 head-to-head meetings between the teams, both Houston and Memphis have an ATS record of 2-2-1. The Grizzlies hold the edge in average point differential at +8 points per game. The over-under record in these same games is 2-3, with the teams combining for an average of 234 points per game.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Rockets come into today’s game as the 29th ranked scoring offense at 110.5 points per game. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Rockets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 98.7 per contest. Not only does the team’s offense play at a slower pace, but they their overall lack of efficiency has them ranked 27th in made field goals per game.
Currently, the Rockets defense is ranked 30th in points allowed. So far, opposing teams are averaging 118.2 points per game vs the unit.
On offense, Jalen Green leads the Rockets in scoring at 22.1 points per game, placing him 34th in the NBA. Overall, Green has hit 41.4% of his shots while accounting for 20.3% of the team’s looks from the field. In today’s game, he will be working against a defensive unit that is 14th in points allowed to shooting guards. At 14.8 points per game, Alperen Sengün is the 2nd leading scorer for the Rockets. For the season, he is 65th in the league in player efficiency rating, while posting a field goal percentage of 55.6%.
Through 72 games, Memphis is the 10th best scoring team at 116.2 points per game. So far, Memphis is averaging 100.7 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Not only is the team ranked near the top of the leauge in possessions, but this fast-paced style has translated to an increased number of made shots, as they are 4th in the league in made field goals per game.
Defensively, the Grizzlies are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 109.93 points per contest (12th).
This season, the Grizzlies offense has primarily worked through Ja Morant and Desmond Bane who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 54 games, Morant is 13th in the NBA at 26.9 points per game. So far, him and Bane have accounted for 40% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 48.0 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Desmond Bane is grabbing 5.1 rebounds for Memphis to go along with 4.3 assists.
Rockets vs Grizzlies Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Rockets +13.5
- Free Total Prediction: Under 233.5