The Memphis Grizzlies finished the 2018-18 season as the second-worst team in the league with a 22-60 record (16-25 at home, 6-35 on the road), ending at the bottom of the Southwest Division, but one win ahead of the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference table. The Grizzlies missed the playoffs for the first time in the last eight years, having a lot of problems with injuries, particularly the key guys Mike Conley and Chandler Parsons, while only Marc Gasol played regularly for the most of the season. Their fans expect much better performance in the 2018-19 season, so let’s take a closer look at the Grizzlies’ future odds and season props on BetDSI Sportsbook, and see what can the bettors expect this year.
Memphis Grizzlies Futures Odds
Win Total Over/Under at 33.5: Over -125; Under +105
To Win the Southwest Division at +6500
To Win the Western Conference at +18500
To Win the NBA Championship at +75000
To Make NBA Playoffs: YES +500, NO -800 (Bet365 Sportsbook)
Memphis Grizzlies Player Movement
Draft: Jaren Jackson Jr. (No. 4 Pick), Jevon Carter (No. 32 Pick)
Added: Garrett Temple (trade with Sacramento Kings), Dakari Johnson (trade with Orlando Magic), Kyle Anderson (free agency, San Antonio Spurs), Omri Casspi (free agency, Golden State Warriors), Shelvin Mack (free agency, Orlando Magic)
Lost: Tyreke Evans (signed with Indiana Pacers), Ben McLemore (traded to Sacramento Kings), Deyonta Davis (traded to Sacramento Kings), Jarell Martin (traded to Orlando Magic)
Unrestricted Free Agent: Mario Chalmers
The Grizzlies selected the 18-year old power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. with the 4th overall pick at the 2018 NBA Draft, and the former Michigan State freshman should be a great addition for the further years. In his only NCAA season, Jackson Jr. played in 35 games, averaging 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks in 21.8 minutes per game, showing great physical abilities and intriguing shooting talent. Jackson Jr. made 51.3% of his field goals and 39.6% of 3-pointers, reminding of his father Jaren Jackson Sr. who was a sharpshooting guard in the NBA in the 90’s. On the other side of the ball, Jackson Jr. is a promising stopper and an excellent rim protector who anticipate the game quite well for his tender age but will need to work hard to stay out of foul troubles which was his biggest issue in college.
The 22-year old playmaker Jevon Carter was selected with the 32nd overall pick to fortify the Grizzlies fragile backcourt. The former senior from West Virginia established himself as one of the best defenders in the NCAA in last ten years, earning four selections in the Big XII All-Defensive Team, so he should not have a problem to settle down in Memphis. In four years with the Mountaineers, Carter averaged 12.2 points and 3.9 assists per game, but he played exceptionally well in his final year with 17.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 6.6 assists per game, shooting 42.2% from the field and 39.3% from downtown.
The Grizzlies lost the versatile guard Tyreke Evans who moved to the Indiana Pacers after just one year in Memphis where he recorded 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists in 30.9 minutes per game. They traded Ben McLemore to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Garrett Temple, while signing Kyle Anderson should be a nice addition. Kyle played four years with the Spurs, and last season he had 7.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 26.7 minutes per game while shooting 52.7% from the field.
Memphis Grizzlies 2018-19 Roster
The Grizzlies hope that their franchise playmaker Mike Conley will be ready for the start of the training camp after missing 70 games last season due to a heel injury. The 30-year old point guard will enter his 12th year in Grizzlies’ uniform, while back in the 2016-17 season, he was averaging 20.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game while setting the career high with hitting 40.8% of his 3-pointers. Conley is an elite defender who significantly improved his offensive game over the years, becoming an invaluable member of the Grizzlies starting lineup.
The experienced big man Marc Gasol should be the first scoring option for the Memphis Grizzlies, and last year, the 33-year old Spaniard averaged 17.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 33.0 minutes per game. Marc was shooting 42.0% from the field and 34.1% from beyond the arc, taking 4.4 3-pointers per game which is another novelty in his game. The 48th overall pick from the 2007 NBA Draft has become one of the most dominant centers in the league, while his soft touch made Marc Gasol a unique scorer who’s not dangerous only in the paint.
The 28-year old power forward JaMychal Green had a breakthrough season with 10.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Green played in 55 games last year, starting on 54 occasions, and should continue to improve this season, particularly at the offensive end. At small forward, we should see Dillon Brooks who had a brilliant rookie season as a starter, playing in all 82 games during the regular season. Brooks averaged 11.0 points and 3.1 rebounds on 44.0% shooting from the field and 35.6% from beyond the arc. He had many ups and downs, but showing good offensive skills. On the other hand, Brooks will have to improve defensively if he wants to stay in the Grizzlies’ starting five.
Chandler Parsons is arguably the biggest mystery in this roster, as the 29-year old wing had a couple of terrible seasons with the Grizzlies since he arrived from Dallas. In two years as a Maverick, Parsons averaged 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists while shooting 47.5% from the field and 39.5% from beyond the arc. In two years as a Grizzly, he played in just 70 games due to injury problems, recording 7.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists while hitting 40.1% of his field goals and 35.5% of his 3-pointers. The Memphis Grizzlies still believe that Chandler can help the franchise, and he will be the main scoring option off the bench as long as he stays healthy.
Players Under Contract:
Mike Conley (PG), Shelvin Mack (PG), Jevon Carter (PG), Andrew Harrison (PG)
Wayne Selden (SG), MarShon Brooks (SG), Garrett Temple (SG)
Kyle Anderson (SF), Dillon Brooks (SF), Omri Casspi (SF)
JaMychal Green (PF), Jaren Jackson Jr. (PF), Chandler Parsons (SF-PF)
Marc Gasol (C), Ivan Rabb (C), Dakari Johnson (C)
Total Win Prediction and Betting Picks
The Grizzlies should be better this season in regards to the last year debacle, but winning at least 35 games sounds like a tricky job. The bookmakers set the line on the total win at 34.5 games and I think betting on the under is a sure shot, even if the Grizzlies’ stars avoid injuries in this term. The competition in the Western Conference looks stiffer than ever, especially with LeBron James moving his talents to Los Angeles, so I predict that the Grizzlies will be somewhere around 30 wins. They were awful on the road last season, winning just six games along with 35 losses, so the bettors should pay attention to the Grizzlies when they are on the road.
According to 5Dimes Sportsbook, the Grizzlies are No. 1 underdogs to win the Western Conference with the odds at +18500, and also the biggest out-of-towner to win the Southwest Division at +6500 odds. The wages are set at +500 on the Grizzlies to make it to the post-season, but at this moment, it looks like an impossible mission for J.B. Bickerstaff’s team.
The Pick: Under 33.5 (+105)
Prediction: 13th in the Western Conference