Memphis Grizzlies vs Brooklyn Nets Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Memphis Grizzlies will need to sort out their defensive issues against one of the league’s most potent offensive teams.
- The Brooklyn Nets will be on the second night of a back-to-back against the Grizzlies.
- Over 113 regular-season games, the Nets lead the Hornets 59-54.
Grizzlies vs Nets Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Memphis Grizzlies||+7.5 -110||O 237.5 -113||+245|
|Brooklyn Nets||-7.5 -110||U 237.5 -108||-305|
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Grizzlies vs Nets Predictions and Picks
The Nets struggled in the paint against the Hornets and face a similar issue against the Grizzlies. However, they’ll likely clean up their turnover issues against a less than stellar perimeter defence in Memphis. Scoring is their skill and their offence won’t be challenged by the Grizzlies’ defence.
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How to Watch Grizzlies vs Nets
|Memphis Grizzlies vs Brooklyn Nets Information|
|What||Memphis Grizzlies vs Brooklyn Nets|
|Where||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY|
7:30 PM ET December 28, 2020
|How to Watch/Listen||NBATV|
Head-to-Head: Grizzlies vs Nets
|Memphis Grizzlies||Head-to-Head||Brooklyn Nets|
|Taylor Jenkins||Head Coach||Steve Nash|
|0-2 (11th in West)||Standing||2-1 (6th in East)|
|108.6 (18th of 30)||Off Rtg||120.2 (3rd of 30)|
|119.0 (25th of 30)||Def Rtg||94.0 (1st of 30)|
|106.3 (5th of 30)||Pace||103.2 (13th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Morant (36.0)||PPG||K. Irving (31.5)|
|J. Valanciunas (12.5)||RPG||Allen, Jordan (9.0)|
|J. Morant (8.0)||APG||K. Irving (6.0)|
|Brooks, Konchar (2.0)||SPG||K. Durant (2.5)|
|D. Melton (2.0)||BPG||J. Allen (3.0)|
|J. Morant (.583)/J. Morant (14.0)||FG%/FGM||D. Jordan (.800)/K. Irving (11.5)|
|D. Bane (.667)/Bane, Brooks (2.0)||3P%/3PM||K. Durant (.667)/K. Irving (5.5)|
Can Memphis Get Going Early?
The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. While the Hawks are a talented team, their defensive ability didn’t seem to be their calling card. Atlanta’s tenacity on the defensive side caused Memphis issues in the early going.
Despite a great night from young star Ja Morant, the Grizzlies were unable to establish themselves in the first half. Other than Jonas Valanciunas is the paint, the Grizzlies struggled with their shooting by going 9-26 to open the game. Their 2-13 rate from deep didn’t help either.
They’ll need a strong start against the Nets if they hope to compete. After giving up a game to the Hornets, the Brooklyn Nets are sure to come in engaged. Against the league’s third-rated offence, the Grizzlies will have to show their resolve on the offensive end in order to stay in the game, on top of managing their own defensive duties.
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Nash Looking For Urgency Out of His Nets
The Brooklyn Nets experienced their first loss in just their third game of this early NBA season. While head coach Steve Nash didn’t want to say his team failed to play hard, he did point out that they are lacking urgency on every possession.
While the match was close through the fourth quarter, the Nets failed to find land the winning punch as the Hornets dominated them in the paint. Despite bringing the match within two points after being down as many as 16, the Nets couldn’t seal the deal in the end.
They’ll need urgency against a youthful and versatile Grizzlies offence. They can be a load both in the paint and from the perimeter, but their defence can get them in trouble. Establishing their dominance early, even without the injured Spencer Dinwiddie, is key. Exploiting Memphis’ slow-footed big men will be crucial.
Grizzlies Key Player: (G) Ja Morant
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) December 24, 2020
Reigning Rookie of the Year Ja Morant is off to a stellar start in his early 2020-2021 campaign. He is averaging 36.0 points, 8.0 assists, and 1.0 steals per game in just over 34 minutes per game while shooting 58.3% from the field. After taking on rising star Trae Young, he’ll have his hands full again with perennial All-Star Kyrie Irving.
Morant is a playmaker and a slasher. Not many would consider him a lethal shooter, despite his proficiency from range. Where he excels is driving to the paint and either finishing or creating opportunities for teammates. He’ll be hard-pressed to do so against a pair of Nets rim protectors in DeAndre Jordan and Jarrett Allen.
Morant will need to find a way to help his teammates succeed if he hopes to secure this game in Memphis’ favour. The Grizzlies struggled against the Hawks because of their poor shooting as a team, so creating opportunities fall in the hands of the capable sophomore.
Nets Key Player: (C) DeAndre Jordan
— NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) December 25, 2020
The Brooklyn Nets always have the spotlight focused on Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, for good reason. However looking at their loss against the Charlotte Hornets, they could’ve won the match had veteran forward DeAndre Jordan put forward a strong performance.
In the Nets’ 106-104 loss to the Hornets on Sunday night, Jordan contributed 12 rebounds in 19 minutes, but just one point on 0-2 shooting. As the Nets’ key screen-and-roll option, he must provide them more on the offensive end.
If Jordan can get going on the offensive end or even just on the glass with second opportunities, the Nets can be more dangerous against the Grizzlies. Establishing paint dominance is priority number one and Jordan is their enforcer. Whether or not he can against veteran big man Jonas Valanciunas is another issue entirely.
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