It’s a battle of teams from the Southwest Division down in the Big Easy. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road as they travel to face the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night. Memphis comes in off a 96-86 home win over the Clippers Wednesday night. New Orleans rolled to a 132-106 home win over Dallas in their last contest on Wednesday night. The teams split four meetings last season with the home team prevailing in all four contests. New Orleans took a 123-95 romp in the last contest on April 4 in the last meeting.
Memphis Grizzlies Try to Maintain Division Edge
Memphis had lost four of five before picking up a home win over the Clippers on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies now try to take down a division rival to open up some ground in the Southwest Division race. Memphis led by 12 after the opening quarter only to see the Clippers cut the lead to nine at the half and tie the game after three quarters. The Grizzlies held a one-point lead with 8:51 to play in the contest but reeled off an 8-0 run to take a nine-point edge: they wouldn’t see the Clippers draw closer than five the rest of the way. Memphis shot 43.5 percent from the field and went seven of 28 from three-point range. The Grizzlies held the Clippers to 33.8 percent shooting while forcing 19 turnovers. Mike Conley led the way with 22 points in the win. Memphis is 6-6 ATS on the road this season while the under is 7-5 in those games.
The Grizzlies enter this game ranked 27th in scoring offense in the league as they average 104 points per game. Memphis is in the bottom third of the pack in the league on the glass, ranking 30th with 39.7 boards a night. The Grizzlies are 19th in the league in assists with 23.5 per game. Memphis stands 2nd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 102.3 points per game. Mike Conley leads the team in scoring with 21.1 points and 6.5 assists per game. Marc Gasol is a great stretch five who averages 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, four assists and 1.57 steals a night. Garrett Temple (10.8 points), Shelvin Mack and Jaren Jackson Jr. (13.9 points) are solid secondary scoring options. Dillon Brooks, JaMychal Green, Wayne Selden, the recently signed Joakim Noah, MarShon Brooks and Chandler Parsons are key rotational pieces for Memphis, provided they can stay healthy. The Grizzlies are tied for 17th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 45.6 percent from the floor. Memphis is tied for 23rd in the league with 10.1 threes per game and 7th in the league as they shoot 36.3 percent from beyond the arc. Parsons is out until at least mid-December with knee soreness. Brooks is out until early January at best with a Grade 2 MCL sprain.
New Orleans Pelicans Look to Close Gap in Southwest Division
New Orleans won for just the third time in their last nine games as they whipped the Mavericks in another Southwest Division clash. The Pelicans now look to take down another division rival to close the gap in the standings. New Orleans led by one after the opening quarter but opened the game up with a 37-22 second-quarter edge. The Pelicans continued to pour it on in the second half en route to the win. New Orleans shot 55.4 percent from the field and knocked down 17 of 29 three-point attempts in the contest. Anthony Davis (nine assists, five blocks) and Julius Randle(18 rebounds) each had 27 points to lead the way in the win. New Orleans is 7-6 ATS at home this season while the over is 9-4 in those games.
The Pelicans are 2nd in the league in scoring offense with 118.7 points per game. The Pelicans are 5th in rebounding with 48 boards per game while ranking 3rd with 27.2 assists per contest. New Orleans is 27th in scoring defense as they give up 116.3 points per contest. Nikola Mirotic is third on the team with 18.9 points plus 10 rebounds per contest this season. Anthony Davis contributes a team-high 27.9 points, 12.6 rebounds, five assists, 2.82 blocks and 1.64 steals per contest. Julius Randle puts up 18.6 points plus 9.3 rebounds and E’Twaun Moore adds 14.8 points per game. Jrue Holiday (20.4 points, nine assists, 1.73 steals) and Elfrid Payton (9.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 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 4th in field goal percentage shooting 48.2 percent from the floor. The Pelicans are 22nd with 10.2 made threes per game and stand tied for 14th in the league by converting 35.5 percent from long range this season. Payton is expected to miss six weeks after surgery for a broken finger: that has given Frazier extended run in his absence.
- Pelicans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 125 points in their previous game
- Pelicans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Southwest Division opponents
- Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 day of res