Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, and Algorithm Picks from the SportsGrid Betting Model
Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Game Information
Suns (7-4) vs. Grizzlies (6-6)
Date: Monday, January 18
Time: 5:00 PM ET
TV Coverage: TNT, FSAZ
Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies Moneyline, Spread, Total, and Odds
Moneyline: Suns -154 Grizzlies +128
Spread: Suns -3 (-111) Grizzlies +3 (-109)
Total: 223.5 (-111)
Odds to Win NBA Championship: Suns +5000 Grizzlies +19000
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Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies News and Notes
The Phoenix Suns are back in action for a nationally televised game for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Phoenix was forced to postpone an entire three-game homestand last week while in a COVID-19-mandated lockdown. The Suns took a loss against Washington Wizards last Monday and had to go under because of the risk of contact tracing. The Wizards had multiple players test positive for COVID following the game.
Phoenix should come in rested and healed with a full squad against the Grizzlies on Monday afternoon. The Suns have to be happy with their 7-4 start to the season, especially considering seven of their first 11 have been on the road. Phoenix will conclude a five-straight road streak when they play in Houston on Wednesday.
The Suns have been doing it with defense, especially on the perimeter and balanced scoring. Phoenix is sixth in the league allowing just 106.7 points and a league-low 10.9 three-pointers per game. They are also hitting the three-ball at a high rate with nearly 14 a game, which ranks them as the league’s seventh-best team in that category.
A big part of the perimeter success on both sides of the ball has been the addition of seven-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member and multiple All-Star, Chris Paul. Paul is putting up over 13 points to go along with a team-best 8.7 assists per game. He’s also among the league’s best guards in defensive win shares.
As far as balanced attack goes, the Suns are among the top teams in the league, with seven players putting up double-digit points per game. Leading the way is Devin Booker with a team-high 23.3 per night, while the 10th overall pick from the 2018 draft, Mikal Bridges, is having a breakout campaign leading the team with 2.3 triples and a career-high 15.1 points per game. 22-year-old Bahamian DeAndre Ayton is chipping in nicely, putting up a double-double of 12.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game and a presence on the defensive end, at 6’11”, blocking a shot a game.
While the Grizzlies aren’t welcoming an entire team back like the Suns, they have just welcomed the team’s most important player back. Ja Morant made his return to the lineup on Saturday after missing eight games with a sprained ankle. Last year’s Rookie of the Year put up 17 points and six assists in a 106-104 win over the Sixers. The Grizzlies come in surging, winning four-straight, while Friday’s game with Minnesota was postponed because of contact tracing issues with the Timberwolves.
Regardless of the win streak, Memphis will welcome the return of Morant and the offense he provides. The Grizzlies guard leads the team with 24 points a game, and they desperately need the scoring help as Memphis is the league’s fifth lowest-scoring team in the league, putting up just 106 points per game.
Like Phoenix, the Grizz have been getting it done on the defensive end of the floor. Memphis allows just a point more than the Suns, ranked once slot behind Phoenix, giving up 107.6 points per game, seventh-best in the league. Also, like the Suns, the Grizzlies are tight on the perimeter giving up the fourth-fewest triples per game, allowing just 11.4 a night. Their perimeter D extends beyond defending the three as the Grizzlies rank sixth in the league in steals, with eight players heisting a steal a night.
Memphis has covered in four straight and five of their past six while the Suns covered six of nine games before their week off. Phoenix has gone over in four of five while the Grizz have hit the under in six of their past eight games. Head-to-head, Memphis has had the recent advantage covering three straight and four of five against the Suns while the pair of teams have played to the under in their past four meetings.
Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies Predictions and Picks
SG Betting Model Win Probability: Suns 76.84% 76ers 23.16%
SG Betting Model ML Star Rating: Suns – 5 stars
SG Betting Model Spread Star Rating: Suns – 5 stars
SG Betting Model Total Star Rating: Under – 5 stars
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