Two teams that thrive on fast-break points collide when the Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans square off in a key Tuesday game at the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Since the All-Star break, the Pelicans and Grizzlies rank first and second, respectively, in the NBA in fast-break points per game, at 18.8 and 18.7. Over the course of the whole season, Memphis (44-22) has been the league’s best team in fast-break points (17.1), while New Orleans (27-37) has excelled at the fast break only recently. Brandon Ingram (hamstring) is questionable for New Orleans while Dillon Brooks (ankle) is out for Memphis.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET. Memphis is listed as a 6.5-point favorite in the latest Grizzlies vs. Pelicans odds from Caesars Sportsbook while the Over/Under for total points scored is 230.5. Before making any Pelicans vs. Grizzlies picks or NBA predictions, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Grizzlies vs. Pelicans, and just locked in its picks and NBA predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Now, here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Pelicans vs. Grizzlies:
- Grizzlies vs. Pelicans spread: Grizzlies -6.5
- Grizzlies vs. Pelicans over-under: 230.5 points
- Grizzlies vs. Pelicans money line: Grizzlies -260, Pelicans +210
- MEM: Ja Morant ranks seventh in the league in scoring (27.6 points per game).
- NOP: Ingram leads team in scoring (22.8 points per game).
Featured Game | Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans
Why the Grizzlies can cover
Morant is having an MVP-caliber season. The 22-year-old from Murray State ranks seventh in the league in scoring (27.6 points per game). He also is averaging 6.6 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting a career-best 49.4 percent from the field.
In addition, Memphis is the best rebounding team in the league. The Grizzlies lead the NBA in rebounds per game (49.2), more than two rebounds better than second place Milwaukee (46.8). They also lead the NBA in rebound percentage (52.9).
Why the Pelicans can cover
Ingram has excelled since the All-Star break. Over the last five games he has scored 29.4 points per game, which ranks 11th in the league over that time and is a significant increase over his season average (22.8). He also is averaging 7.2 assists and 5.6 rebounds and shooting 58.5 percent from the field over that time.
In addition, New Orleans has been the NBA’s best defensive team since the All-Star break. The Pelicans are giving up 101.4 points per 100 possessions since the break, which leads the league. That’s a great improvement over their season defensive efficiency of 110.9, which is 18th in the NBA.
How to make Pelicans vs. Grizzlies picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 228 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s pick at SportsLine.
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