Looking to win big? The Grizzlies and Hawks face off at 7:30 ET on BSSE. The Hawks are hosting the game at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA. The Grizzlies come into this non-conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 240.5 points.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES VS ATLANTA HAWKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Atlanta Hawks +2
This game will be played at State Farm Arena at 7:30 ET on Saturday, December 23rd.
WHY BET THE ATLANTA HAWKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 110-100 in favor of the Hawks.
- Our projections have Trae Young finishing with Trae Young points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists.
- From the field, we have the Hawks finishing with a field goal percentage of 49.4% and knocking down 13 threes.
Does Memphis Have What it Takes on the Road?
In their last ten games, the Grizzlies have gone 4-6 and have an overall record of 8-19 as they get ready to face the Hawks. In the Western Conference, the Grizzlies are in 13th place and are 4th in the Southwest division.
So far, Memphis is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 11-16. The Grizzlies maintain an ATS record of 7-7 on the road, while they have a 4-9 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Grizzlies are coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 116 points vs. the Pacers. This figure is more than their season average of 106.4 points per game. Desmond Bane is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 24.7 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Jaren Jackson Jr. brings a PPG average of 21.5 into the game.
So far this season, the Grizzlies defense has been performing well, ranking 10 in the NBA at 112.1 points allowed per contest.
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Grizzlies squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 50.9% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 39.1% from downtown.
Does Atlanta Have a Shot at a Home Win?
The Hawks come into today’s game with a 12-16 record and are 2-1 in their last three games. In conference play, they are 8-14 and have gone 4-2 in non-conference games.
Atlanta currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 7-21 at this point. This season, Atlanta has a 2-10 record against the spread when they are favored, and they are 5-11 when playing as underdogs.
In contrast to their season average of 122.8 points per game, the Hawks had a below average performance. They scored 113 points against the Heat and had a field goal percentage of 43.8%. So far this season, the Hawks offense has looked to push the pace, averaging 101.2 possessions per contest. For the season, they are 2nd in field goal attempts per game and their season field goal percentage is 47%.
Looking at the Hawks defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 122.9 points per game (28).
Opponents are hitting 57.7% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 38.8% of their three-point attempts.