The Grizz are still licking their wounds after losing to the Timberwolves, which snapped their two-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Jazz gun for four consecutive wins and steady its ascend in the Western Conference ladder.
Utah opened Monday’s betting lines at BetUS.com as huge double-digit favorites at -10. The same sportsbook pegged the total at 221 points. Bettors should keep in mind that the total had gone OVER in the past eight games the Jazz hosted the Grizzlies.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz Betting Lines
ATS: Jazz -10
Moneyline: Jazz -470, Grizzlies +370
O/U: 221 points
Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz Team News
Kyle Anderson has seen his numbers and usage time plummet this season, just a year after putting up career numbers across the board. Anderson, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, averages 8.9 PPG, 5.4 RPG, and 2.4 APG. With his role on the team diminishing, Anderson’s playing time also receives lesser playing time, logging five fewer minutes compared to last season. The former Spurs averaged 12.4 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 3.4 APG in 69 starts last season. Mark Giannotto of the Memphis Commercial Appeal pointed out that Anderson might still be figuring out how to impact his team as part of the second unit.
I’m just still trying to figure it out. It’s a different role,” Anderson said. “People may look at last year and say why aren’t you doing what you did last year? It’s just that’s over. This is a different role. I’m a professional. I’ve got to figure it out.”
On the other hand, Donovan Mitchell reached a milestone in his career after the All-Star guard passed Jeff Hornacek for the No.13 spot in the Jazz’s all-time scoring list. Through five seasons, Mitchell has collected 6,867 points. He now has 18 more points than 6,867 points Hornacek scored over seven seasons with the Jazz, Matt Giles of the Notes at FanSided stated.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz Injury Report
Grizzlies: Dillon Brooks – Doubtful (Hamstring), De’Antony Melton – OUT (Groin), Sam Merill – OUT (Ankle).
Jazz: No Reported Injuries
Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz Preview
The Grizzlies suffered arguably the most embarrassing loss of the season at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves, 138-95. Coming off back-to-back wins, Memphis played listlessly through the first quarter and never recovered. The Grizzlies allowed the Wolves to score 40 points and even trailed by as many as 45 points at one point. Desmond Bane scored a team-high 21 points, and Tyrus Jones gathered 16 off the bench. Morant also had an off night, posting 11 points and five assists in 27 minutes.
The Jazz collected their third straight win and fifth road victory, crushing the Sacramento Kings, 123-105. The game saw a competitive brand of basketball between the two teams through the first three quarters. However, Utah finally found a way to break loose in the fourth quarter, where they outscored the Kings 39-25. Mitchell fired for 26 points, and Gobert posted another double-double with 21 points and 14 boards.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz Prediction
The Jazz had the Grizz’s numbers over the past 10 matchups with 9-1 head-to-head slate. Utah also swept Memphis in all three meetings last season, averaging 122.3 points on 49 percent from the field. At home, Utah is a solid 6-2 and 5-3 ATS. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies have struggled on the road so far, winning just two of seven away games so far. Given the Jazz’s history of dominance over the Grizzlies, picking the home team to win and cover the spread would be easy. OVER might also be a solid pick since the Jazz has had their way scoring the ball against the Grizzlies in the recent matchups.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz Betting Picks
Pick: Jazz cover 10-point spread, OVER 221 points
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Source: Basketball Insider