Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz Matchup Preview
The first game of the day is between the Jazz and the Grizzlies. Neither team has played particularly well to start out the season. Memphis has lost each game so far, although they have been close battles. The Jazz have gone 1-2, with a close win against New Orleans and then struggled against the Lakers and Thunder. Utah is quickly realizing how big of a loss Bogdan Bogdanovic is. A team that could have pulled off a playoff upset is now looking like an early exit. On the other side, the Grizzlies are barely holding onto the eight sed with Portland being the team right behind them. There are no injuries to mention for either side and this is the fourth game of the series between these teams. The Jazz have taken two of the first three games and a win would help their cause as the 4-7 seeds are very close. Vegas is projecting a close game between these two teams with the Jazz just 4.5 point favorites.
Time: 2:30 PM ET
Arena: HP Field House, Orlando, FL
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Grizzlies Starting 5
Memphis needs a win here otherwise things could get tricky at the bottom of the Western Conference. The Grizzlies have struggled in the restart and they have faced teams right around them in the standings. Defensively the Grizzlies have struggled all season and that has continued into the restart. No surprise as this is a young team that is more offensive centered and pushes the pace compared to the Grizzlies from a decade ago. Ja Morant will look to rebound from a rough game but he has struggled against the Jazz this season. Not a big surprise with the Jazz’s tough defense as it also makes it tough for Jaren Jackson to get anything going. The outside shooting of Dillon Brooks is going to be an ex-factor this game if the Grizzlies struggle around the rim with Rudy Gobert there.
Jazz Starting 5
Utah has averaged 110 points per game this season and has failed to hit that mark in the first three games back from the break. They have also allowed 110+ points in two of the three games. This team isn’t getting enough production from the backcourt with Mike Conley not firing as he hasn’t for most of the season. Donovan Mitchell went ice cold in the second half against the Lakers. Jordan Clarkson is the name off the bench who has shown he can score but when he goes cold, he is useless out there. He also doesn’t produce enough playmaking and struggles on the defensive side. With Bogdan Bogdanovic out, there is a clear need here for Utah. The Jazz are going to need to Mitchell to keep up the scoring and Joe Ingles is going to need to get back to his usual self of being lethal from three.
Grizzlies vs Jazz Fantasy Basketball Angle
I am not too intrigued by this game from a fantasy standpoint. Utah is a tough defense and the Memphis Grizzlies are at a price tag that is a bit high for me. Ja Morant has struggled with his shot in the two meetings and it’s not that surprising with the Jazz defense. Donovan Mitchell isn’t a bad price on FanDuel and has put up 40 fantasy points on average. Royce O’Neal continues to be a value on both sites and has played over 30 minutes in two of the three games and has scored over 24 fantasy points in each. Rudy Gobert continues to be my main interest, especially against the Grizzlies frontcourt. He has dominated them in three games averaging 45 fantasy points.
Grizzlies vs Jazz Betting Odds
Grizzlies Odds: +150
Jazz Odds: -182
Spread: UTA -4
This series has been closer if you dig back to last season but the teams are a bit different. This season alone, Utah is 2-1 ATS versus Memphis and has scored 111 against the Grizzlies as well. The games have been relatively close as they both shoot 45% from the field against each other and both rebounds and turnovers are relatively similar. The under has been a winner eight times in the last ten games and five of the last seven for Utah. With both teams struggling to come into this one I am going to take the veterans here and take Utah finding a way to get back on track.
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