The NBA is set up with a great night of action throughout Friday. Nine games are up on the board throughout February 19. One of these games will be between the Detroit Pistons and the Memphis Grizzlies. These two teams have had opposite starts to this season, but will both look for a win in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Pistons have started out this season with a record of 8-20, which has them in last place of the Eastern Conference. Detroit is coming off a loss in their last game, but have won three of their last five. The Pistons will look to carry some momentum into this one as they try to knock off the Grizzlies in this one. I expect Detroit to come out hot as they look for a win on Friday.
Memphis has put up a record of 12-12 throughout this season so far, which has them in ninth place of the Western Conference. The Grizzlies are coming off a win in their last game and have won three of their last five. Memphis is one game behind the eighth seed and will look to jump up in the standings with a win in this one.
The Grizzlies have had the better start to this season, but Detroit has picked up their play so far this season. Memphis will look to come out hot in this one. The Grizzlies need to earn wins in games like this one if they want to move up in the standings. The Pistons have been keeping their games close as of late and will look to grab a big win on Friday.
The Pistons and the Grizzlies met up twice throughout last season. Detroit hosted the first game back on January 24. Derrick Rose finished with 22 points and 8 assists, while Christian Wood dropped 20 points off the bench. Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 29 points and Dillon Brooks put up 27 points. Memphis was able to grab a 125-112 win on the road.
The second game of the season series shifted to Memphis on February 3. Andre Drummond dropped 25 points and 18 rebounds. Langston Galloway and Christian Wood both scored 17 points off the bench, but it was not enough. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Dillon Brooks added 15 points to help lead the Grizzlies to a 96-82 win.
These two teams met up twice last season with Memphis earning a win in both games. The Grizzlies were able to win both games in the season series to grab the sweep. Memphis will look to carry that momentum over into this one. The Grizzlies have been the better team this season and will look to dominate on Friday night as well.
Field Goal Shooting
Detroit has not been any good shooting the ball throughout this season. The Pistons have been able to make around 43.8 percent of their shots from the field this season, which is 29th in the NBA. Detroit is making 35.4 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 23rd in the league. The Pistons have drained 78.4 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 13th in the NBA.
The Grizzlies have bene pretty solid when it comes to shooting the ball this season. Memphis has been able to shoot 46.8 percent from the field, which is 12th in the league. The Grizzlies have also made around 37.1 percent of their shots from deep, which is also 12th in the NBA. Memphis is making 78.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 9th in the league.
Memphis has been the better team shooting so far this season, but neither team has been good on defense. The Grizzlies have allowed opposing teams to make around 48 percent of their shots from the field, which is 27th in the league. Detroit has allowed their opponents to shoot 48.3 percent from the field, which is 29th in the NBA.
Jerami Grant has dominated for the Pistons so far this season. Grant is averaging 24 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Josh Jackson has averaged around 13 points per game this season. Wayne Ellington and Delon Wright are both averaging 10.5 points per game, while Mason Plumlee has averaged 10 points and 9 rebounds per game.
Ja Morant has helped lead this young Memphis team this season. Morant has averaged 19 points and 8.5 assists per game this season. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 16.5 points and 11 rebounds per game. Dillon Brooks has averaged 16 points, while Kyle Anderson is averaging 14 points per game. Brandon Clarke has averaged 13 points per game. Grayson Allen rounds out the lineup, averaging 10.5 points.
The Grizzlies have a much deeper lineup, especially now that Detroit is without Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin. Memphis could be without De’Anthony Melton in this one. Melton is averaging 10 points per game off the bench. If the Grizzlies depth can dominate on Friday night, it could be enough to give Memphis the win over the Pistons.
The Grizzlies have been the better team this season, but Detroit has picked up their play as of late. The Pistons will look to carry momentum into this one after a loss in their last game. I think the Detroit will begin to fall back down to earth after winning three of their last five. If Memphis can come out strong in this one, they should be able to knock off the Pistons on Friday.
BetOnline has the Grizzlies listed as a -4 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Memphis coming into Friday nights game. I agree with this line as the Grizzlies are at home and the better team. I really like Memphis to knock off Detroit in this one and they should be able to at least cover this spread late with free throws.