Detroit Pistons vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, Betting Odds, Picks

  • The Pistons are on a small run of wins and are looking to push their streak to three in a row!
  • The Grizzlies have won six in a row and are looking to climb the Western Conference table.
  • The Pistons and Grizzlies split their season series last year, 1-1.

Detroit Pistons vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds

Memphis Grizzlies vs Detroit Pistons Thursday, January 6, 2021; 8:00 PM ET
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Head-to-Head: Detroit Pistons vs Memphis Grizzlies

Detroit Pistons Head-to-Head Memphis Grizzlies
Dwane Casey Head Coach Taylor Jenkins
7-28 (14th in East) Standing 25-14 (4th in West)
W-W-L-L Form W-W-W-W
101.6 (30th of 30) Off Rtg 112.1 (8th of 30)
110.5 (22nd of 30) Def Rtg 108.9 (14th of 30)
99.0 (10th of 30) Pace 98.7 (12th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

J. Grant (20.1) PPG J. Morant (25.1)
I. Stewart (8.4) RPG S. Adams (9.3)
C. Cunningham (5.3) APG J. Morant (6.7)
K. Olynyk (1.4) SPG D. Melton (1.7)
J. Grant, I. Stewart (1.1) BPG J. Jackson Jr. (1.8)
I. Stewart (.531)/J. Grant (6.6) FG%/FGM B. Clarke (.644)/J. Morant (9.3)
C. Joseph (.377)/S. Bey (2.3) 3P%/3PM J. Konchar (.447)/D. Bane (2.9)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
Kelly Olynyk Detroit Pistons 12 Nov 2021 Out (Knee) Olynyk suffered a grade-2 MCL sprain and will miss at least six weeks.
Jerami Grant Detroit Pistons 12 Dec 2021 Out (Thumb) Grant will be re-evaluated in six weeks.
Isaiah Stewart Detroit Pistons 26 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Stewart has been placed under league health and safety protocols.
Frank Jackson Detroit Pistons 30 Dec 2021 Out (Ankle) Jackson suffered a lateral ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.
Derrick Walton Detroit Pistons 2 Jan 2022 Out (Not With Team) Walton is not with the team and there is no timetable for his return.
Isaiah Livers Detroit Pistons 4 Jan 2022 Day to Day (Foot) Livers did not play in Detroit’s Monday (Jan 3) game.
Dillon Brooks Memphis Grizzlies 26 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Brooks has been placed under league health and safety protocols.
De’Anthony Melton Memphis Grizzlies 26 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Melton has been placed under league health and safety protocols.
Shaq Buchanan Memphis Grizzlies 31 Dec 2021 Out (Health & Safety) Buchanan has been placed under league health and safety protocols.
Kyle Anderson Memphis Grizzlies 2 Jan 2022 Out (Health & Safety) Anderson has been placed under league health and safety protocols.
John Konchar Memphis Grizzlies 2 Jan 2022 Out (Health & Safety) Konchar has been placed under league health and safety protocols.
Xavier Tillman Memphis Grizzlies 2 Jan 2022 Out (Health & Safety) Tillman has been placed under league health and safety protocols.
Tyrell Terry Memphis Grizzlies 4 Jan 2022 Out (Illness) Terry was listed as OUT for Memphis’ Tuesday (Jan 4) game.

How Can the Pistons Beat the Grizzlies?

There certainly isn’t much to go on when considering what the Pistons do to take victory, but they’ll need to muster all they have and more to take down the Memphis Grizzlies.

Memphis are shorthanded but not lacking in the talent department. For Detroit, it will be all about hustle, as in wins they have a +3.7 rebounding differential, a +1.8 offensive rebounding differential, and a +5.1 free throw attempt differential to their opponents.

The Grizzlies are strong defensively in the paint and on the perimeter. Detroit will need to be efficient with shots and group-rebound if they hope to stave off the sheer physicality of Memphis.

Pistons Key Player: (F) Saddiq Bey


While eyes are usually on Pistons top pick Cade Cunningham, it was Saddiq Bey who led the Pistons to victory in their last match.

In an upset victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, Bey posted 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in 38 minutes of play. He was almost unguardable from deep, hitting 8 of 13 attempts from three-point range.

The Grizzlies are one of the poorer defensive teams in terms of three-point shooting, so Bey should focus on finding the looks he converts on so easily.

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How Can the Grizzlies Beat the Pistons?

The Memphis Grizzlies can’t look past the Detroit Pistons as they hope to ascend up the Western Conference rankings.

The Detroit Pistons are an aggressive defensive team, opting to run teams off the line and into the paint. Memphis thrive in the paint, but with their rather pedestrian shooting ability they may play right into the Pistons’ hands.

To win the Grizzlies must make it a point to succeed at the rim and not settle for looks that Detroit give them. There’s no better rim-attacking guard in Ja Morant, but with current injuries and exclusions, there are questions around who has the consistency to support his efforts.

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Grizzlies Key Player: (G) Ja Morant


At this point in the season, Ja Morant is showing the type of star that he is. Even though the Pistons are one of the league’s weaker teams, expect Morant to still pull off a strong performance.

Morant is coming off of a 26-point, 6 assists, and 5 rebound night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. While he didn’t have much opposition at point guard, he didn’t show the Cavs defense any disrespect.

The Grizzlies are facing one of the league’s poorest interior defenses. Morant should have another productive game.

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How to Watch Detroit Pistons vs Memphis Grizzlies

Detroit Pistons vs Memphis Grizzlies Information
Teams Detroit Pistons vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Location FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennessee
Time 8:00 PM EST, January 6th, 2022
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