The Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz tip-off at Vivint Arena in a meaningless game for the Grizzlies. It has been a major success this season for the Grizzlies.
The Grizzlies are a lock for the second seed with four games left in the regular season. They have to start thinking about staying focused and healthy.
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— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) April 5, 2022
They are going to be cautious with Ja Morant. He’s been absent since playing on March 18. It hasn’t hurt the Grizzlies, though.
Memphis is on a seven-game winning streak after a 122-114 win over the Phoenix Suns on Friday. They’ve scored at least 122 points in six of their last seven attempts.
Without Morant this season, the Grizzlies are an impressive 20-2. Are they better without him on the floor? They will need him in the playoffs to reach their full potential.
Winning in the regular season and playoffs is much different. The Jazz can tell the Grizzlies all about that situation.
They had the best record in the Western Conference last season and didn’t get to the NBA Finals. They’re good on paper, but the Jazz have been stuck recently.
The Jazz are coming off a 111-107 loss at Golden State on Saturday. They have lost six of their last seven games without much consistency.
Going into tonight, the Jazz are sixth with a record of 46-32. Utah is a half-game behind the Denver Nuggets for the next seed in the Western Conference.
Head below for our free Grizzlies vs. Jazz prediction on April 5, 2022.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Memphis Grizzlies||+5.5 (-110)||+180||Over 226.5 (-105)|
|Utah Jazz||-5.5 (-110)||-220||Under 226.5 (-115)|
|Team Data||Memphis Grizzlies||Utah Jazz|
|Points Per Game||115.4||113.4|
|Points Against Per Game||109.2||107.9|
|Field Goal %||46.2||47.1|
|Three Point %||35.0||36.2|
Grizzlies vs. Jazz Prediction:
The Grizzlies don’t have much motivation to play for at the moment. After beating the Suns in another impressive display, do they slow things down in Utah? I’m not convinced. The Grizzlies are going to Utah to win a basketball game.
Having said that, the Jazz are going to have more motivation to stop the bleeding and get on track against a capable opponent like the Grizzlies. Beating Memphis could be what the Jazz need to get things going again.
The Grizzlies are second in points scored, with 115.4 per game. They can score and can do it without Morant on the floor. Memphis does it with a complete team effort. This isn’t a one or two-player team.
The Grizzlies are first in offensive rebounding and sixth in defensive rebounding. This is where they find their success. One of their best assets is in the paint on the boards.
The guards on the Grizzlies get a lot of attention, rightfully so, but their secret weapon is Steven Adams on the board.
For the Jazz, they can counter with Rudy Gobert. I’m expecting a little extra motivation for the Jazz, so Gobert should have the edge.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz Betting Trends:
- 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games on the road
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games versus a team with a winning percentage at home versus a team with a winning percentage better than 60%
- 7-15 ATS in their previous 22 games on three-day rest or more
- 2-4 ATS in their previous six games versus Utah
- 3-10 overall in their previous 13 games versus Utah
- 8-3-1 ATS in their previous 12 games as a betting favorite at home
- 9-4 ATS in their previous 13 games on a Tuesday
- 17-7-1 ATS in their previous 25 games on two-day rest
- 4-2 ATS in their previous six games versus the Grizzlies
- 10-3 overall in their previous 13 games versus the Grizzlies
This is a much more important contest for the Jazz than the Grizzlies. In a game that the Jazz need to get their step back, expect them to come out with a better performance tonight. The Grizzlies don’t need this, but it would be a crippling loss for the Jazz if they come home to another loss.
The Jazz are the fifth-best team in the NBA with a 47.1% field goal percentage. They are much better from the field than the Grizz, who are shooting 46.2% for 18th in the league. Memphis depends on their rebounding, and I think Gobert can erase the boards.
I’m siding with the Jazz in a likely spot against the public. It’s understandable wanting to take the Grizzlies, but the points look a bit on the trappy side. Give me the Jazz to win and pull away to cover.