Making on a bet on this NBA game featuring the Grizzlies versus the Suns? Tip off is at at 8:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on AZFa. The game will be played at Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ. The odds for this Western conference game currently have the Suns as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 229.5 points.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES VS PHOENIX SUNS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Phoenix Suns -4

This game will be played at Footprint Center at 8:00 ET on Sunday, January 7th.

WHY BET THE PHOENIX SUNS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 113-106 in favor of the Suns.
  • Our projections have Kevin Durant finishing with Kevin Durant points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Suns finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.2% and knocking down 14 threes.

Will Memphis Be The Talk of Footprint Center?

Through 35 games, the Grizzlies are 12-23 and will look to pick up a win over the Suns as 4-point underdogs. If they are able to pull off the upset, they will also move up from 13th in the Western Conference.

When playing on the road this season, Memphis has an average scoring margin of -4.6 points per game compared to going 9-10 at home. For the season, they have been the underdog in 22 of their 35 games and have a record of 9-13 vs. the spread in those games.

So far, the Grizzlies have an over/under record of 14-20-1 for the season. Today’s over/under line of 229.5 is slightly higher than their average over/under line of 224.7. This season, 25 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line. Memphis’ over/under record in those games is 11-13-1.

Against the spread, Memphis has struggled on the road and at home this season. They have failed to cover the spread in three straight road games and have an overall road ATS record of 10-9. For the season, they are the underdog vs. the spread by 7.6 points per game on the road.

In their last game against the Lakers, Memphis had a strong offensive showing, scoring 127 points. Overall, they shot 53.7% from the field and were 16/20 from the free-throw line. Jaren Jackson Jr. led the Grizzlies in scoring with 31 points, while Marcus Smart chipped in 29 points.

At this time, the Grizzlies’ defense is positioned 13th in the NBA, permitting 113.4 points per game. Inside the arc, the Grizzlies defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 52.0% and 38.8% from three-point territory.

Will Phoenix Find a Way to Win at Home?

With an overall record of 19-16, the Suns will look to pick up a win at home today as 4-point favorites over the Grizzlies. If they are able to cover the spread, they will improve to just 7-14 at home for the season.

Against the spread, Phoenix is 13-22 this season. When favored, they have gone 16-9 but have failed to cover the spread in each of their last two games as the favorite.

So far, the Suns have combined with their opponents to average 229 points per game this season. The over/under record in their games is currently sitting at 19-16, and the over has come in for them in two straight games. Today’s line of 229.5 is just below their average over/under line of 229.2.

In the Western Conference, the Suns are in 8th place and sit 3rd in the Pacific Division. Against other teams in the West, Phoenix is 12-12 compared to 7-4 in non-conference games.

In their last game vs. the Heat, the Suns put up 113 points and shot 50.6% from the field. From beyond the arc, they made 14 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Kevin Durant, who comes into today’s game averaging 29.9 PPG. Devin Booker is also a key scorer, averaging 26.5 PPG.

The Suns’ defense is presently ranked 14th in the league, allowing an average of 113.6 points per contest. In terms of two point field goal attempts, the Suns defense has allowed a shooting percentage of 53.1% while allowing 36.4% from downtown.