Orlando Magic at Memphis Grizzlies Predictions 3/5/22

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Orlando Magic (16-48 SU, 29-35-0 ATS) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (43-21 SU, 42-22-0 ATS)
When: Saturday March 05 2022, 08:00 PM (ET)
Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tennesee

Point Spread: ORL +15.5/MEM -15.5(Opened MEM -15.5 at BetOnline)
Total: 231.5 (Opened at 231.5)
Money Line: Orlando Magic +944/Memphis Grizzlies -1812
Power Rating: MEM -15

Probable Starting Lineups

Orlando Magic PG Cole Anthony, SG Jalen Suggs, SF Franz Wagner, PF Wendell Carter Jr. Q, C Mo Bamba

Memphis Grizzlies PG Ja Morant, SG Ziaire Williams, SF Desmond Bane, PF Jaren Jackson Jr., C Steven Adams

Key Injuries

Jonathan Isaac: knee (OUT) Moritz Wagner: ribs (OUT)

Dillon Brooks: ankle (OUT) Yves Pons: thigh (OUT)

The Memphis Grizzlies host the Orlando Magic in a Non-Conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 08:00 PM ET at the FedEx Forum.

Recent Form

The Orlando Magic come into this game with an overall record of 16-48, placing them 15th in the Eastern Conference. Throughout the season, Orlando has struggled in their 35 road contests, sitting at 9-26. Over their last five games, the Magic have played well, picking up 3 wins. During this stretch, Orlando is averaging 113.0 points per game, 9.0 points more than their season average of 104.0. This uptick in offensive play has come while playing a group of opponents who are collectively giving up 112.0 points per contest. The Magic have been picking up wins, while holding opponents to an average of 113.0 points per game, similar to their season average of 111.7. In the Orlando Magic’s most recent game, Orlando took down Toronto by a score of 103-97

The Memphis Grizzlies come into this game with an overall record of 43-21, placing them 3rd in the Western Conference. So far, Memphis is above .500 at home, holding a record of 21-10. Over the Grizzlies’ last five games, they have picked up just 2 wins. In this stretch, Memphis’s offense is scoring right in line with their season average, putting up 115.0 points per game. Combined, the Grizzlies’ last five opponents are giving up 110.0 points per contest. A key reason for the Grizzlies’ recent struggles is a defensive unit giving up 115.0 points over their last five contests. This figure is up from their season average of 109.2. In the Memphis Grizzlies’ most recent game, the team fell to Boston by a score of 120-107.

Individual Player Analysis

As Orlando travels to take on the Memphis Grizzlies, the Magic’s leading scorer is Cole Anthony. Through 57 games, Anthony is averaging 17 points. On the season, he has surpassed his season average in 40.0% of his games. Against the Grizzlies, Anthony will need to be on top of his game as Memphis is allowing their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their average in 43.0% of their games, placing them in the top 10. On the other side, Ja Morant leads the Grizzlies in scoring, averaging 27 points across his 50 games. Throughout the season, Morant has outscored his season average in 52.0% of his outings. Given that Orlando’s defense has struggled to slow down their opponent’s top scorers, Ja Morant should be in line for a big performance. So far, the Magic have allowed their opponent’s top scorer to surpass their season average in 55.1 of their games, giving them a rank of 26th among NBA defenses.

Matchup Analysis

Heading into this matchup, the Memphis Grizzlies are the more efficient team on both ends of the court. This scenario has taken place in 22 of Memphis’s 65 games, leading to a winning percentage of 77%. So far, the Orlando Magic have played 22 games as the inferior offensive and defensive unit. In these instances, they have lost 22 times, by an average margin of -14.0 points.

The Historicals

Heading into today’s matchup, the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies have met up for 1 game. Memphis took game one by a score of 135-115.

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How the Public is Betting the Magic vs Grizzlies

67% are betting the Grizzlies against the spread.
52% are wagering on the game to go over the posted total of 231.5

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Magic are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Magic are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Grizzlies are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss.
  • Grizzlies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.

Joe’s Pick to Cover the Spread

Heading into the game, the Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the best NBA teams against the spread, posting an ATS record of 42-22. On the other side, the Magic have been the heavy underdog in nearly every one of their games and still have an ATS record of just 29-35. Even though the Magic just picked up a rare win over Toronto, look for the Grizzlies to take care of business at home, picking up the win and covering the spread vs Orlando. Bet your Magic/Gizzlies pick and ALL your pro basketball bets today for FREE by taking advantage of a 100% REAL CASH bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $1000 at Betnow Sportsbook! It’s the best sportsbook bonus you’ll ever find on the web!