The Memphis Grizzlies have risen toward the top of the Western Conference standings. And their run of success may not be done.
The Grizzlies have won their last five games and eight of their last nine, which includes an overtime loss to Philadelphia. In each of those contests, they’ve scored 115 points or more. So I think the Grizzlies can continue winning against New Orleans.
Considering the Pelicans have recorded 114 and 120 points in their last two games as CJ McCollum has acclimated to his new team, I believe Over 228.5 points is a basketball betting possibility.
Best Grizzlies-Pelicans Bets
Brandon Ingram Under 21.5 Points (-120)
Plenty of signs point toward Ingram’s production dipping.
While the Pelicans forward averages 22.4 points for the season, he’s scored 22.1 in his last 10. And since the Pelicans acquired McCollum from the Portland Trail Blazers, Ingram has totaled 15, 22 and 10 points.
In his last outing against the Toronto Raptors, for example, Ingram made just 4 of 7 shots in 29 minutes. McCollum, meanwhile, was 9 of 13 for 23 points. Ingram’s role in New Orleans’ offense may have changed with McCollum on his team.
Ja Morant Scores First Field Goal, Plus Grizzlies Win (+1400)
Morant is in MVP contention, as he has the fifth-best odds at +1200. He’s seventh in the league with 26.4 points per game.
He’ll be motivated to keep Memphis among the top three teams in the West. That’s why a strong start against the Pelicans, who have made improvements of late and are hopeful of making the postseason, will be important.
Morant has scored 31.2 points in his last 10 performances. He’ll have ample opportunity to make his mark in this game early.
Herbert Jones Under 6.5 Assists and Rebounds (+105)
Jones has been an important contributor this season, but there’s reason to believe he’ll go Under on this bet.
Jones has totaled 9.6 points per game, but that’s gone with 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists. If that trend continues, he would be just short in this category against the Grizzlies.
In his last matchup with Memphis, he totaled six rebounds and didn’t have any assists. And in his last game, against the Raptors, he had six assists and rebounds in 27 minutes, which is below his average for the season (29.9).
With less time on the floor, the Pelicans forward will have fewer opportunities to accumulate these statistics.