Memphis will look to bounce back at home against the Brooklyn Nets after it suffered a beatdown in Dallas. My predictions for this non-conference matchup, updated odds, the projected starting lineups, and recent injuries are all detailed below, so check it out!
Brooklyn Nets Vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies are two-point home favorites against Brooklyn. Dillon Brooks is now listed as questionable, but it is difficult to say if Memphis will roll him out there unless he is 100% ready to go. Brooks could move the line slightly in favor of Memphis, so that is something to keep an eye on as we inch closer to game time on Monday night! The point total stands at 228.5 and will likely stay put unless there are any late scratches or surprising news.
Brooklyn Nets Vs. Memphis Grizzlies Prediction
Memphis got absolutely pummeled by the Dallas Mavericks on the road on the second night of a back-to-back. The Grizzlies lost by 41 points, an outrageous differential for an early-season NBA game with two teams that are not “tanking.”
In that matchup, Memphis allowed the Mavericks to fire a team shooting split of roughly 50/44/83. While this is undoubtedly impressive, the Mavs’ shooting was not the sole reason they created such a massive lead. The huge advantage Dallas had over Memphis was rebounding, ironically a perceived weakness for the Mavs and an obvious strength for the Grizzlies last season. Dallas outrebounded Memphis 52 to 29; there may not be another game this season with this much of a rebounding gap.
Memphis is missing Jaren Jackson Jr, Dillon Brooks, and Ziaire Williams, who are three of its best defenders and also, happen to be strong rebounders. While the Grizzlies can squeeze by mediocre teams such as the New York Knicks at home and Houston Rockets on the road, they might struggle against top-tier teams like Dallas until these three return.
Joe Harris made his return in the Brooklyn Nets’ win over Toronto but only scored three points in 18 minutes of play. It may be a while before Harris’ impact is truly felt, but it is promising for a team that needs more consistent shooting outside of Irving and Durant.
Once Brooklyn returns everyone (Seth Curry and T.J. Warren are still out) and figures out how to play with Ben Simmons requiring significant usage in transition, the Nets could be scary. Their biggest issue comes with the lack of depth in the frontcourt, something I cover more extensively below.
This game is somewhat of a toss-up. If Dillon Brooks plays, the Grizzlies would have a formidable defender to chase Kevin Durant around and at least make things a little harder for him. He also gives Memphis another scorer on the offensive end of the floor, as John Konchar and Santi Aldama are primarily used in catch-and-shoot situations.
I will be waiting to hear more about Brooks’ availability before I throw down any money on this game. It makes sense to live bet this one, and that is what I will be doing.
- Brooklyn was 24-18-1 ATS on the road in 2021-22
- Memphis is 0-1 ATS at home in 2022-23 but was 31-16 ATS in 2021-22
After the Grizzlies’ awful rebounding game against Dallas, the key matchup for this game between the Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies will be the battle of the frontcourts. Whichever team hits the glass hard and applies interior pressure to the opposing squad should have a strong chance at winning this game!
Grizzlies’ Frontcourt vs. Nets’ Frontcourt
Brooklyn has struggled in its frontcourt, which has very little depth and interior talent on either side of the ball, but Memphis did not look much better on Saturday night. Memphis has been leaning a lot on two players (John Konchar and Santi Aldama) that don’t have much NBA experience to bring down a lot of rebounds next to Steven Adams; they had done a terrific job until Saturday.
It’s easier for me to look at Saturday as a semi-intentional punt from the Grizzlies; they don’t currently have the depth to compete with Dallas and are missing three of their five or six best players due to injury. Memphis should hit the glass hard at home and wipe Saturday from its memory bank.
On the other hand, Brooklyn has had several games where it has displayed inadequate team rebounding and certainly doesn’t have the individual talent, as far as rebounding is concerned, to overcome this issue. Memphis should pummel the Nets on the glass. Advantage: Memphis.
Brooklyn Nets Starting Lineup
Memphis Grizzlies Starting Lineups
Brooklyn Nets Injuries: Seth Curry (Out), T.J. Warren (Out)
Memphis Grizzlies Injuries: Jaren Jackson Jr (Out), Dillon Brooks (Q), Ziaire Williams (Out)