The NBA is set up with another great night of action on Thursday night. Five games are up on the board throughout January 7. The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Memphis Grizzlies will meet up in one of those games on Thursday. These two teams will look to earn a much needed win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Cavaliers have earned a record of 4-4 to open up the new season, which has them tied for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland has lost back to back games coming into this one and will look for a big win on Thursday night. The Cavaliers played last night and will look to avoid a slow start in this one as they try to knock off the Grizzlies.
Memphis has put up a record of 2-5 early in this season, which has them sitting in last place of the Western Conference. The Grizzlies have lost back to back games and three of their last four. Memphis will look to come out quickly in this one as they try to knock off the Cavaliers. If the Grizzlies can come out hot, they could bounce back with a win in this one.
Cleveland met up with the Orlando Magic last night and will look to avoid a slow start in this matchup. I expect the Cavaliers to try and come out hot in this one as they look to bounce back with a win. The Grizzlies have struggled to open up this season and will look to come out better in this one. If Memphis can finally bounce back, it would be big for the Grizzlies confidence.
The Cavaliers and the Grizzlies met up twice throughout last season. Cleveland hosted the first game back on December 20. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 24 points, while Dillon Brooks finished with 16 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 33 points off the bench for the Cavaliers. Kevin Love added 21 points and 13 rebounds as Cleveland won 114-107.
Memphis hosted the second game of the season series on January 17. Collin Sexton finished with 28 points and Kevin Love scored 19 points and 9 rebounds. Dillon Brooks added 26 points for the Grizzlies. Ja Morant put up 16 points, while Brandon Clarke had 15 points off the bench. Memphis was able to bounce back with a 113-109 win in this one.
The Grizzlies and the Cavaliers both won their home game in last season’s series. Both games were close affairs as these two teams finished outside the playoff picture. Now both teams are trying to start this season strong to try and get back in the playoff picture. I expect these two squads to try and come out hot in this one as they look for a big win on Thursday night.
Collin Sexton has led Cleveland throughout the early portion of this season. Sexton has averaged 25 points per game. Andre Drummond is averaging 16.5 points and 14 rebounds per game. Cedi Osman has averaged 11 points per game as well. Darius Garland is averaging 12 points per game, but it out in this matchup, which will hurt the Cavaliers.
The Grizzlies are without Ja Morant, which has hurt them early in the season. Dillon Brooks is averaging 17 points per game to lead Memphis right now. Kyle Anderson has averaged 15.5 points and 8 rebounds per game. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 14.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. Brandon Clarke has averaged 10.5 points per game.
These two teams have been led by a nice range of players this season. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Justice Winslow could make their season debut in this one as they near a return for the Grizzlies. If either player can come back, it could help Memphis out a lot. The Cavaliers will look for Sexton to dominate early to help give them the win.
Field Goal Shooting
The Cavaliers have been solid from the field throughout this season, but could do better. Cleveland has made 45.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 15th in the league. The Cavaliers have made 36.9 percent of their shots from deep, which is 14th in the NBA. Cleveland is also shooting 49.1 percent inside the arc, which is 24th in the league.
Memphis has struggled shooting the ball early in this season. The Grizzlies have made around 43.9 percent of their shots, which is 24th in the NBA. Memphis has also shot around 32.6 percent from behind the arc, which is 26th in the league. The Grizzlies have only made 50.1 percent of their shots from in close, which is 21st in the NBA.
Cleveland has been the better field goal shooting team throughout this season. The Cavaliers have also been better on defense this season. The Grizzlies are struggling to shoot well with Ja Morant out in this one. If Memphis can get into a rhythm early in this one though, it could help them knock off Cleveland. I expect the Cavaliers to try and shut down the Grizzlies early to take control early.
Cleveland and Memphis are coming in off back to back losses and will look to end that losing streak in this one. The Cavaliers played last night, which could make them come out slow in this one. The Grizzlies will look to use that to their advantage with a win in this one. If Cleveland can come out hotter in this one though, they might be able to finally break this losing streak.
BetOnline has Memphis listed as a -5 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Grizzlies at home. I think that Memphis has a chance to set their own pace in this one as they play a tired Cavaliers squad. If the Grizzlies can move the ball early to get into a groove. I think that Memphis will come out hot in this matchup to earn a much needed win.