New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies NBA Pick – March 8

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of basketball throughout Tuesday night. Six games are up on the board throughout March 8. One of these games will be between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies. These two teams have been solid throughout the season and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time on TNT.

New Orleans has earned a record of 27-37 so far this season, which has them sitting in tenth place of the Western Conference. The Pelicans are coming off a loss in their last game, which ended a four game winning streak. New Orleans has a one and a half game lead on the final play-in spot. The Pelicans will look for a big win on the road to maintain their spot in the standings.

The Grizzlies have put up a record of 44-22 throughout the season, which has them in third place of the Western Conference. Memphis is coming off a loss in their last game and have lost two of their last three. The Grizzlies are one game back on the second seed and have a two and a half game lead on the fourth seed. Memphis will look for a fast start at home in this one.

These two teams have been solid throughout this season and will look for a big win in this one. The Pelicans have picked up their play as of late and will look to continue to rise in the standings. Memphis will look to avoid another big loss down the stretch. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of BetOnline:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
New Orleans Pelicans +6 (-110) Over 232 (-110)
Memphis Grizzlies -6 (-110) Under 232 (-110)

 

Team Data New Orleans Pelicans Memphis Grizzlies
Overall Record 27-37 44-22
Away/ Home Record 12-20 22-10
PPG 107.7 113.9
PPG Away/ Home 105.4 114.8
PAPG 109.1 109.2
PAPG Away/ Home 109.5 106.9

Betting Trends

New Orleans Pelicans

  • 33-31 ATS this season
  • 24-26 ATS as an underdog
  • 15-17 ATS in road games
  • 2-1 ATS in March
  • 6-3 ATS on Tuesday nights
  • 4-7 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 1-1 ATS after allowing 130 points or more
  • 20-16 ATS against team with a winning record

Memphis Grizzlies

  • 42-23 ATS this season
  • 25-15 ATS as a favorite
  • 20-12 ATS in home games
  • 1-2 ATS in March
  • 5-0 ATS on Tuesday nights
  • 6-6 ATS against divisional opponents
  • 9-2 ATS after divisional game
  • 7-5 ATS after an upset loss as favorite
  • 10-3 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 23-12 ATS against team with a losing record

These two teams have met up twice throughout this season. New Orleans hosted the first game on November 13. Nickeil Alexander-Walker put up 21 points to help lead the Pelicans to a 112-101 win. The second game stayed in New Orleans on February 15. Tyus Jones dropped 27 points, while Jaren Jackson Jr. added 23 points and 7 rebounds. The Grizzlies bounced back with a 121-109 win on the road.

Field Goal Shooting

The Pelicans have struggled shooting the ball a bit on the season. New Orleans has made 45.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 23rd in the league. The Pelicans have shot 33.1 percent from deep, which is 27th in the NBA. New Orleans has sunk 78.9 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 9th in the league.

Memphis has not been great shooting the ball either this season. The Grizzlies have been shooting 45.9 percent from the field, which is 15th in the NBA. Memphis has made 34 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 24th in the league. The Grizzlies have drained 73.2 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 28th in the NBA.

The Grizzlies have a slight edge shooting the ball in this one and have been better on defense. Memphis has held opposing teams to a 45.3 percent from the field, which is 11th in the league. New Orleans has allowed their opponents to shoot 46.3 percent from the field, which is 21st in the NBA. Both teams will look for their defenses to step up in this one.

Top Performers

C.J. McCollum and Brandon Ingram have been strong since joining at the trade deadline. McCollum has averaged 26.1 points and 6.1 assists per game. Ingram is averaging 22.8 points per game. Jonas Valanciunas has averaged 17.8 points and 11.6 rebounds. Devonte’ Graham rounds out the lineup, averaging 12.6 points per game.

Ja Morant has been great for the Grizzlies this season. Morant is averaging 27.6 points and 6.6 assists per game. Desmond Bane has averaged 17.8 points, while Jaren Jackson Jr. is averaging 16.3 points and 6 rebounds per game. Brandon Clarke has averaged 10.3 points per game. De’Anthony Melton is averaging 9.8 points per game to round out the lineup.

These two teams have been led by their stars throughout this season. Memphis is still likely without Dillon Brooks in this one, but he is expected to return soon. Zion Williamson has been cleared for New Orleans, but will likely not join the team until next week. Both teams will look for some players to step up early in this one.

Pick Overview

These two teams are in the middle of the playoff race, which should lead to an exciting game on Tuesday night. Both teams split the first two games of the season series and will look for a fast start in this one. Memphis is back at home in this matchup, and I think they can control the pace. The Grizzlies have been the better team this season and I expect them to bounce back after a loss to Houston.

BetOnline has the Grizzlies listed as a -6 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Memphis at home. I agree with this line as the Grizzlies have been the much better team throughout this season. Memphis has been struggling a bit as of late, but will look to get back on track at home. As slight favorites, I like the value on the Grizzlies to cover.

The Bet
Memphis Grizzlies -6
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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