The NBA action returns on Monday, January 16, with a nine-game slate including this conference encounter in Memphis, and here you can take a look at the best Suns vs. Grizzlies betting pick and odds.
Memphis is hoping for the tenth straight win when they welcome Phoenix at FedEx Forum. The Grizzlies are firm -11.5 favorites on BetDSI Sportsbook, while the total is set at N/A points. These conference rivals have met two times this year, and the series is tied at 1-1
Suns are struggling to shine bright at the moment
The Phoenix Suns (21-23, 22-22-0 ATS) cannot stay healthy this season and that is taking a big toll on them right now. The Suns lost 11 of the last 13 games, and even though they snapped a six-game losing skid with a win over Golden State, they lost the next two against Denver and Minnesota. Phoenix will conclude a four-game road trip on Monday in Memphis and then will return home for a five-game stay. The Suns trailed by 15 at halftime in Minneapolis and were down by 24 at one point, and despite scoring 41 in the final 12 minutes, the loss was inevitable.
Damion Lee led the Suns with a career-high 31 points and six rebounds. Mikal Bridges added 24 points, game-high six assists, four boards, and team-high three steals, Saben Lee scored 12, Deandre Ayton posted a double-double of 11 points and team-high 11 rebounds with four dishes, while Torrey Craig chipped in nine points, eight boards, and three steals.
PG Chris Paul (hip), SG Devin Booker (groin), SF Jae Crowder (personal), PG Cameron Payne (foot), and SF Cameron Johnson (knee) are out indefinitely. PG Landry Shamet (hip) is questionable to feature on Monday against Memphis.
Grizzles are unstoppable right now
The Memphis Grizzlies (29-13, 21-20-1 ATS) are the hottest team in the NBA at the moment and are on their longest winning streak of the season. The Grizzlies won each of the last nine games and climbed atop the Western Conference, where they are shoulder-to-shoulder with the Denver Nuggets. Memphis didn’t have problems with the Indiana Pacers in their most recent win; they scored 68 first-half points and secured a comfortable 130-112 W in the end. The Grizzlies shot 55.2% from the field and kept the hosts to 36.9%.
Desmond Bane led Memphis with 25 points and eight rebounds. Ja Morant recorded a double-double of 23 points and team-high ten assists, Santi Aldama scored 17 with four boards and two steals, Ziaire Williams had 13, while Steven Adams and Jaren Jackson combined for 19 points, 19 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.
PG Ja Morant (hip), SG Danny Green (knee), and SG John Konchar (illness) are questionable to face the Suns on Monday.
- 1-4 ATS in the last five games following an ATS win
- 1-4 ATS in the last five games playing on two days of rest
- 4-1 ATS in the last five games following an ATS win
- 6-2-1 ATS in the last nine games following a straight-up win of more than ten points
- 20-8 ATS in the last 28 Monday games
Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies Pick
While the teams have similar defenses when it comes to points allowed per game, the biggest difference is on offense. Memphis is scoring 117.1 points per game, which is the sixth-best offense in the NBA. The Suns, on the other hand, have an average offense that averages 112.7 ppg, while the Grizzlies’ defensive rating is the best in the league with 109.4 points per 100 possessions. Even if Morant skips this game, the Grizzlies shouldn’t have problems winning as Phoenix misses several key players and cannot match the hosts in the backcourt.
Pick: Take the Grizzlies at -9.5 (-133)
Memphis scored 121+ in each of the last six games, while Phoenix allowed 247 points in the previous two games, so I am backing the Grizzlies to continue with their high-octane offense. Although I am confident the hosts can score 120+ without issues, I am not sure about Phoenix’s offense at the moment. The Suns failed to reach a 100-point mark in five of the last seven games and that’s why I don’t expect a high-scoring affair. Under is 6-2 in the Suns’ last eight overall, while Under is 6-2 in the Grizzlies’ previous eight games playing on one day of rest.
Pick: Go Under N/A points