Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies: Predictions, Odds and Roster Notes

How to Watch – Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies

Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN

When: Friday, 15 November 2019, 8:00 PM EST

How (TV/Radio): ESPN, AT&T Sportsnet – Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports Southeast – Memphis | 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone, ESPN Radio 92.9FM / 680AM

Utah Jazz (Away)

Head Coach: Quin Snyder {All-Time 235-186 | UTA}

Season Record: 8-3

Projected Starting Five: (G) Mike Conley – (G) Donovan Mitchell – (F) Bojan Bogdanovic – (F) Royce O’Neale – (C) Rudy Gobert

Top Performers

  • (G) Donovan Mitchell – 34.7 MPG | 25.1 PPG | 5.2 RPG | 4.1 APG
  • (F) Bojan Bogdanovic – 32.0 MPG | 19.8 PPG | 4.2 RPG | .438 3P%
  • (G) Mike Conley – 30.0 MPG | 14.7 PPG | 4.0 APG | .447 eFG%

After trailing the Brooklyn Nets in their last match, the Jazz were finally able to show their true selves. Currently sitting at second in the Western Conference, the Utah Jazz seem to be putting it all together.

Mike Conley has improved his shooting over the past few matches, and he’s been able to lead his team to blow out wins and clutch performances late. They’re far from perfect, but their offence is finally starting to match their tremendous defence.

The Memphis Grizzlies aren’t the most talented squad in the league, but they are a team of grinders with a bruising big man in Valanciunas and an electrifying rookie guard in Ja Morant. Conley’s return to Memphis won’t simply be an easy win.

Memphis Grizzlies (Home)

Head Coach: Taylor Jenkins {All-Time 3-7 | MEM}

Projected Starting Five: (G) Ja Morant – (G) Dillon Brooks – (F) Jae Crowder – (F) Jaren Jackson – (C) Jonas Valanciunas

Season Record: 3-7

Top Performers

  • (G) Ja Morant – 27.1 MPG | 17.8 PPG | 5.2 APG | 1.0 SPG
  • (F) Jaren Jackson – 26.4 MPG | 14.1 PPG | 5.1 RPG | 1.1 BPG
  • (G-F) Dillon Brooks – 27.1 MPG | 13.5 PPG | 3.9 RPG | .364 3P%

The Memphis Grizzlies are by far one of the weakest teams in the NBA. After blowing up their veteran core, the Grizzlies have begun the season with some, to say the least, hardships.

After a 3-7 start, there are some things to look on positively for the Grizzlies, but mostly they are thin both offensively and defensively on the court. Ja Morant is doing a splendid job as their lead guard, but the teams’ depth overall just isn’t enough.

Coming off of a late clock win against the Charlotte Hornets, the Grizzlies hope to ride that momentum against the Utah Jazz. Can they spoil Mike Conley’s Memphis homecoming?

What’s at Stake?

The Utah Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies have a remarkably close regular-season series. In 65 games, the Jazz lead the Grizzlies 34-31.

A win for the Utah Jazz would send them to the top of the Western Conference standings.

A win for the Memphis Grizzlies would lift them out of the last place in the Western Conference standings.

Questions to Answer

Can the Jazz maintain their quality performances?

Is Ja Morant already a star?

We are going to compare the Utah Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies in an attempt to see who has the advantage in this matchup.

The Jazz’s Stars Are Going Together

After a 4-3 start to open the season, there was some concern for the Jazz. But in their most recent four-game stretch, against quality opposition, the Jazz have shown that they are still one of the top teams in the NBA.

In the last four matches the Jazz’s stars are leading the way:

  • (G) Donovan Mitchell – 36.1 MPG | 24.0 PPG | 43.2 FG% | 36.4 3FG%
  • (F) Bojan Bogdanovic – 33.4 MPG | 19.3 PPG | 41.5 FG% | 41.7 3FG%
  • (G) Mike Conley – 31.8 MPG | 18.8 PPG | 44.6 FG% | 44.0 3FG%
  • (C) Rudy Gobert – 36.2 MPG | 16.3 PPG | 75.0 FG% | 15.5 RPG

The Jazz are finally living up to the hype. Conley has bounced back to become the point guard they’ve sorely needed, while the supporting stars are looking more and more comfortable each day. The Grizzlies will be hard-pressed to slow this roll.

The Grizzlies Can Finish

While the Memphis Grizzlies don’t own a large number of individually creative options on offense, their greatest strength lies in their vigor at the hoop. Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke are their two rookie sensations that epitomize their style of play, taking it to the basket.

At some point, the Memphis Grizzlies want to manufacture some type of drive and kick offense. With Valanciunas as capable a screener as any in the NBA, they have the pieces. Unfortunately, they don’t quite have it all together yet.

A team like this needs touches and repetition to get their rhythm. With such a young lead guard, tunnel vision is their greatest enemy. At only 29.7 three-point attempts per game, 25th in the league, the Grizzlies need to create some motion for their shooters to gain open looks.

The Jazz Are Fierce Defensively

Despite the Utah Jazz’s summer being focused on improving its offensive tool kit and efficiency, they certainly haven’t forgotten their defensive resume. Boasting the league’s second-best defense, the Jazz look like one of the NBA’s most balanced sides.

The Jazz are forcing some of the largest offensive efficiency variances per opponent in the NBA. They were able to hold the Clippers to an offensive rating variance of nine, the Lakers to seven, and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks to a variance of 18.9!

They are anchored by two-time defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert, but he is now supported by defensive bulldogs Joe Ingles and Mike Conley. Their experience and effort on the defensive side of the ball is almost unrivaled, the Grizzlies won’t have an easy time scoring.

Can the Memphis Front Court Challenge Gobert?

The Grizzlies will be in for a rough night if they can’t reign in two-time defensive player of the year Rudy Gobert. The responsibility falls upon Jonas Valanciunas, Jaren Jackson, and Brandon Clarke.

The three of them are energetic, lengthy, and gritty in the paint. However, that is exactly where Gobert thrives as well. On offense, each of them are more likely to dive to the rim rather than pop in order to take Gobert out of the paint.

Most of the responsibility will lie on Valanciunas. The veteran is as strong as they come and he has the jumper to take on Gobert. The teams leading rebounder, Valanciunas must control Gobert on both of the backboards if they hope to take a win from the Jazz.

Utah Jazz Roster Notes

(C) Ed Davis – 2 Nov 2019 – Out (Leg) – Davis suffered a fractured left fibula and will be re-evaluated in four weeks, according to the Jazz.

(G) Dante Exum – 12 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Knee) – Exum did not play in Tuesday’s game (Nov. 12) against the Nets.

Memphis Grizzlies Roster Notes

(G-F) Andre Iguodala – 23 Oct 2019 – Out (Undisclosed) – Iguodala is not currently with the team as he awaits for the team to trade him or buy his contract out, according to Drew Shiller of NBCSports.com.

(G) Grayson Allen – 12 Nov 2019 – Day To Day (Ankle) – The Grizzlies have listed Allen as DOUBTFUL for Wednesday’s game (Nov. 13) against the Hornets.

Head-to-Head: (G) Mike Conley vs (G) Ja Morant

It’s the original versus the remix when the Utah Jazz visit the Memphis Grizzlies!

Mike Conley was an excellent servant for the Memphis Grizzlies for over twelve years, but Memphis is on to the next with their rookie star Ja Morant. The matchup at point guard will be the one to watch!

(G) Mike Conley (6-1, 175lb (185cm, 79kg) | Ohio State | 12 Years)

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 32 UTA 11 30.0 14.7 2.6 4.0 .369 .344

Mike Conley has never been a guard known for his unmatched playmaking or scoring. But to open the season Conley has struggled, even by his standards.

While his shooting has been off, his defence is still fantastic. He will have to keep up with the explosive rookie Ja Morant. Conley’s savviness on a court he’s called home for twelve years may work to his advantage.

(G) Ja Morant (6-3, 175lb (190cm, 79kg) | Murray State | Rookie)

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
19-20 20 MEM 9 27.1 17.8 3.6 5.2 .462 .438

If you haven’t heard, Ja Morant is leading the pack for the Rookie of the Year award. Not only has he adjusted to the NBA superbly, but in his first year he has shown the ability to lead his team.

Morant’s quickness is undeniable, but his shooting from deep needs some work. He can certainly outpace Conley, but can he get past the Jazz’s intelligent team defence and beat Gobert at the rim?

Utah Jazz at Memphis Grizzlies – Predictions

Why the Utah Jazz Will Win

The Utah Jazz will be able to win this match if their offense can maintain its current pace.

Their defense is solid, but if their stars can maintain their current offensive form and not slump back into their early-season output the Jazz will take this match.

Why the Memphis Grizzlies Will Win

If the Memphis Grizzlies can establish their strength in the paint, they can steal this match from the Jazz.

All of the Jazz’s key players excel at the rim, so if Memphis can lock up down low and recover on shooters, all they have to manage is their own buckets.

Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies – Game Odds

The odds for the Utah Jazz vs the Memphis Grizzlies are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook and Caesars NJ.


Sportsbook Utah Jazz Grizzlies
DraftKings -286 +235
Caesars NJ -280 +240

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