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A pair of Southwest Division teams in need of a win lock up in the Big Easy. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road as they travel to face the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night. Memphis comes in off a 108-88 road loss to San Antonio Saturday night in their last contest. New Orleans crushed Cleveland 133-98 on the road Saturday night in their previous game. The Pelicans own a 32-29 advantage in the all-time rregular-seasonseries but the Grizzlies took a 107-103 road win in the first matchup this season on December 7, 2018.
Memphis Grizzlies Looking to Stop Recent Slide
Memphis dropped their fifth straight and their 10th in the last 12 as they were whipped on the road by San Antonio Saturday in the second game of a back to back. The Grizzlies entered Sunday tied for 11thin the Western Conference, three games behind the Lakers for the final playoff spot. Memphis was within two after the opening quarter but was outscored 37-19 in the second to trail by 20 at the half. The Grizzlies got no closer than nine in the second half and scored just two of the final 4:49 of the game. Memphis shot 37.8 percent from the field, including 11 of 28 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 21 times. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 21 points in the loss. The Grizzlies are 8-12 ATS on the road this season with the under 13-7 in those games.
The Grizzlies enter this game ranked 29th in scoring offense in the league as they average 101.2 points per game. Memphis is in the bottom third of the pack in the league on the glass, ranking 30th with 39.6 boards a night. The Grizzlies are 21st in the league in assists with 23 per game. Memphis stands 2nd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 102.6 points per game. Mike Conley leads the team in scoring with 20.2 points and 6.1 assists per game. Marc Gasol is a great stretch five who averages 15.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.41 blocks a night. Garrett Temple (10.2 points), Justin Holiday, Shelvin Mack and Jaren Jackson Jr. (13.5 points) are solid secondary scoring options. Dillon Brooks, JaMychal Green (10 points), Joakim Noah, MarShon Brooks and Chandler Parsons are key rotational pieces for Memphis, provided they can stay healthy. The Grizzlies are tied for 16th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 45.5 percent from the floor. Memphis is tied for 27th in the league with 9.3 threes per game and tied for 21st in the league as they shoot 34.5 percent from beyond the arc. Parsons has left the team indefinitely after making claims that the front office was keeping him out after being medically cleared from a knee injury.
New Orleans Pelicans Seek Back to Back Wins
New Orleans got back in the win column and has won three of five after pasting Cleveland on the road Saturday night. The Pelicans are 14th in the Western Conference enteringSunday’s action, 3.5 games behind the Lakers for the final playoff spot. New Orleans led just 28-26 after the opening quarter but outscored Cleveland 105-72 the rest of the way. The Pelicans shot a blistering 58 percent from the field, including 14 of 27 from three point range, and won the rebounding battle 44-34. Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle (12 boards, eight assists) each had 22 points in the win. New Orleans is 9-10 ATS at home this season while the over is 10-9 in those games.
The Pelicans are 2nd in the league in scoring offense with 116.7 points per game. The Pelicans are 7th in rebounding with 47.1 boards per game while ranking 3rd with 26.8 assists per contest. New Orleans is 26th in scoring defense as they give up 115.1 points per contest. Nikola Mirotic is fourth on the team with 17.4 points plus 9.2 rebounds per contest this season. Anthony Davis contributes a team-high 28.5 points, 13.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.63 blocks and 1.77 steals per contest. Julius Randle puts up 20 points plus 9.3 rebounds and E’Twaun Moore adds 13.1 points per game. Jrue Holiday (21 points, 8.4 assists, 1.63 steals) and Elfrid Payton (11.7 points, 5.3 assists) are also solid scoring options. Darius Miller, Solomon Hill, Ian Clark, Jahlil Okafor and Tim Frazier each are important role players for the Pelicans’ rotation. New Orleans is tied for 3rd in field goal percentage shooting 47.9 percent from the floor. The Pelicans are 21st with 10.2 made threes per game and stand tied for 10th in the league by converting 35.7 percent from long range this season.
- Pelicans are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points
- Pelicans are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game
- Grizzlies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss
- Grizzlies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous gam