Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies 1/14/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies Matchup Preview (1/14/22)
The Dallas Mavericks will travel to Memphis to try and dethrone the Grizzlies as the league’s hottest team. Memphis has won 11 straight games against impressive opponents such as the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets, and Phoenix Suns. It has been incredible what Memphis has been able to do this season, and it is absolutely a top-tier team in the Western Conference. Ja Morant has even propelled himself into the MVP conversation despite being 22 years old. It’s clear that there has been a cultural shift in Memphis upon Morant’s arrival, and everyone is bought in, so the rest of this season should be a fun one for Grizzlies fans. The Mavericks had won six straight games before dropping a road loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday. Dallas got ran over that game, losing by 23 points to a below-average Knicks team. Still, this season has been a story of runs for the Mavericks, and they will need to get things back on track in Memphis to keep their hot streak alive.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds
The Dallas Mavericks are three-point dogs on the road against the surging Memphis Grizzlies. This could be due to Steven Adams likely being out as well as Killian Tillie; however, both of those guys are replaceable on a team like the Grizzlies, who take on the “next man up” culture. To me, the Grizzlies feel like an obvious pick at -3, and I would honestly take them at -5 if that’s where the line gets to by tip-off.
If you are looking at the point total and thinking the over is an obvious bet, I don’t blame you. Since Memphis has been on this winning streak, it has put up an average of 117.5 points during that span of 11 games. Recently, the Mavericks have been a solid team, too, so imagining that they put up at least 100-105 points is not far-fetched at all. It would be best if you kept in mind, though, how slow Dallas plays. The Mavericks are 29th in the NBA in PACE, which places them above only the New York Knicks. Dallas will struggle on offense at times and struggle to get to 100-105 points in this one, but that does not mean that Memphis will win by 20 or 30 points. I will take the under on the point total.
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Time: 10:00 PM ET
Arena: FedExForum – Memphis, TN
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Dallas Mavericks Starting Lineup
Dallas Mavericks Analysis
Dallas has won six of its past seven games, with its one loss coming on Wednesday to the New York Knicks. They have been quite solid despite not having Kristaps Porzingis for most of those games. Unfortunately, Porzingis will still not be available for this matchup, but the Mavericks will still have the dynamic backcourt of Jalen Brunson and Luka Doncic. This season, Brunson has come into his own and proved that he should be a consistent starter in this league. Another aspect of Brunson’s game that you have to like is that he has no ego. He has been a winner at every level of the game but understands that Luka needs to have high usage for the Mavericks to have a chance to win consistently. Brunson has done a terrific job at co-existing in that backcourt, and while they likely won’t win this game, that does not mean they aren’t headed in the right direction.
Memphis Grizzlies Starting Lineup
Memphis Grizzlies Analysis
There is not much to say about Memphis that has not already been said. The Grizzlies are the hottest team in the NBA, winning 11 straight games, including games against the Cavaliers, Nets, Warriors, and Suns! It feels like there has been a shift in culture recently. They had an overachieving season last year, making the playoffs despite injuries and overall low expectations. Now, they are doing it once again. You may not look at this Grizzlies’ roster and get as excited as you do when you look at the Nets’ roster; however, that does not mean they are not as competitive. The Grizzlies have ranked first in every major defensive category since their winning streak started, so picking them to win this game is relatively easy.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies Daily Fantasy Picks
Surely, I sound like a broken record, but Jalen Brunson is an incredibly valuable DFS asset for your lineups, no matter what the matchup is for him. Now that Brunson starts for the Mavericks, he has begun to put up All-Star caliber numbers, including 19.2 points, 6.8 assists, and 4.2 rebounds as a starter. Additionally, he’s very efficient, shooting 50% from the field and 35% from behind the arc. Brunson is a capable outside shooter, so I’d even expect his 3P% (three-point percentage) to climb to 37% slowly or so. He has started in 22 games, so Brunson has a large sample of success. Still, Brunson’s DraftKings DFS salary of $7,500 is $400 less than Kyle Lowry, who is averaging 13.6 points, 8.3 assists, and 4.5 rebounds on the season. Needless to say, Brunson is a terrific DFS play whose value has not quite found an equilibrium, so keep plugging him into your lineups!
With as well as the Memphis Grizzlies have been playing, it’s only fair that I recommend two different DFS players for your lineups! The first recommendation is Ja Morant, who has clawed his way into the MVP conversation, despite being 22 years old. No one thought the Grizzlies would have the type of year they are having, except for the Grizzlies themselves. Morant has averaged 24.9 points, 6.7 assists, and 5.7 rebounds per game on a 49/38/77 shooting split. This was the area where Morant needed to improve, and he quickly took that next step. Another Grizzlies player that should be in your lineup consistently is Desmond Bane, who has exploded onto the scene this season. Bane showed significant promise last season as he was an elite three-point shooter; however, his overall offensive game has improved exponentially. So far, Bane has averaged 17.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists this season but has been even better recently. Bane has put up roughly 22 points, five rebounds, and three assists in his past nine games. During that span, Bane had games with 32 points, 29 points, and 28 points.