Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, and Algorithm Picks from the SportsGrid Betting Model
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics NBA Game Information
Grizzlies (1-2) vs. Celtics (2-2)
Date: Wednesday, December 30
Time: 8:30 PM ET
Venue: American Airlines Center
TV Coverage: FSSW, FSS
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: Grizzlies +266 Celtics -328
Spread: Grizzlies +7.5 (-110) Celtics -7.5 (-110)
Total: 222 (-111)
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Grizzlies +12000 Celtics +2100
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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics News and Notes
It could be a long couple of weeks for the Memphis Grizzlies. Despite picking up their first win of the season on Monday against the Nets, they didn’t really leave the court in a chipper mood. Superstar point guard Ja Morant left the game in the first half with an injury that turned out to be a Grade 2 ankle sprain. Morant will miss the next 3-5 weeks.
The motor of the Grizzlies offense was averaging 36 points per game coming into the game against Brooklyn. Morant was second in the NBA in scoring and had the Grizz as the seventh highest-scoring team in the league, putting up 116 points per game.
Tyus Jones will see the most significant boost as he’ll start at the point and try to fill in for Morant. Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, and Jonas Valanciunas, who are all averaging over 14 points per game, will be tasked with the scoring load. It may be more difficult without Morant facilitating things, who was averaging eight assists per game before Monday’s game.
The Grizzlies are wrought with injury problems coming into this one. Justice Winslow and Xavier Tillman are both out, while Memphis will also have to wait for one of their best players from last year to make his season debut. The fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft, Jaren Jackson Jr. is still recovering from meniscus surgery. Jackson improved dramatically in his second season last year, upping his rookie production from 13.8 to 17.4 points per game in the 2019-20 season.
Boston comes in a big banged up, but their problems are nowhere near Grizzly country. Tristan Thompson will sit this one out to rest the hamstring that’s had him on a minutes-limit. Kemba Walker remains out with a knee injury, and likely won’t make his season debut until January. Jayson Tatum is dealing with a sprained thumb but looked fine with it wrapped up last night. Tatum dropped 27 points to go with 11 boards in over 40 minutes to down the Pacers on Tuesday.
Jaylen Brown is having another fantastic season. The third overall draft pick from 2016 is putting up almost 25 points per game while shooting a sparkling 52 percent from the field. The problem for Boston is outside of Tatum and Brown; there’s a big gap in production. The Celtics’ next highest scorer is averaging just 11 points per game. Nearly half of Boston’s total points have come from the two Jays this season.
The Celtics covered in both 2020 meetings with the Grizz and in three of their past four. Before both games last year hit the under, these two teams played in eight straight that went over, going back to 2016.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics Predictions and Picks
SG Betting Model Win Probability: Grizzlies 51.38% Celtics 48.62%
SG Betting Model ML Star Rating: Grizzlies – 5 stars
SG Betting Model Spread Star Rating: Grizzlies – 5 stars
SG Betting Model Total Star Rating: Under – 4 stars
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