The Memphis Grizzlies have been making a playoff push in recent weeks as have the Indiana Pacers. the two teams meet Sunday in Memphis in a key game for both. The Grizzlies come in with a record of 26-24, which is 8th in the Western Conference. The Pacers are 24-27, which is 9th in the Eastern Conference. The Pacers beat the Grizzlies 134-116 back on February 2 in Indiana. The Grizzlies are home this time, with some momentum.
Pacers getting healthierThe Pacers have been battling injuries all season. They lost Caris Levert for a few months but now he is back, and they were without Malcolm Brogdon for a long stretch but he is back, too. However, now Myles Turner has missed the last few games with an ankle injury. Yet, the Pacers have hung in there and find themselves in the playoff race at 24-27. they are 9th in the Eastern Conference, just a game behind the New York Knicks.
The Pacers have won two in a row including a 111-106 win at Orlando on Friday. The bench really stepped up as Aaron Holiday had 20 points and Doug McDermott added 19 to lead the Pacers. Damontas Sabonis had a double double with 16 points and 15 rebounds, to go along with 6 assists. Turner did not play with an ankle sprain. The big man is listed as questionable for Sunday's game.
Grizzlies have winning streak snapped by KnicksThe Memphis Grizzlies have been surging in recent weeks. They had rattled off 4 straight wins before losing to the Knicks 133-129 in overtime on Friday night. But the streak has moved them up to 8th place in the Western Conference at 26-24. The Grizzlies are now 2 games ahead of the Spurs and 3 games up on the Warriors.
In the loss to the Knicks on Friday, the Grizzlies shot well against a tough Knicks defense, 50%, but fell short in overtime. Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 26 points while Dillon Brooks added 24 points. Jonas Valunciunas had a double double with 20 points and 14 rebounds while Desmond Bane added 16 points off the bench. The Grizzlies are fairly healthy, other than the players who have been on the shelf most of the season, Jaren Jackson and Justice Winslow.
Stats & Trends
- Pacers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win.
- Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games.
- Pacers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Grizzlies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
These are two dangerous teams that have had their share if injuries and struggles this season. But right now both are getting healthy and both are making a push for the playoffs. They are pretty evenly matched teams but I have to give the edge to the Grizzlies here. They are home and playing good basketball right now. But they should really be able to exploit their advantage in the paint, especially iof Turner misses another game. The Grizzlies rank 4th in the NBA in rebounding while the Pacers are 29th -- and that is with Turner. If Turner is out, as he is listed as questionable, the Grizzlies should completely dominate inside. Take the Grizzlies here to cover.