The Brooklyn Nets and Memphis Grizzlies were two of the NBA’s worst teams a season ago, but both are vastly improved this season and fighting for a playoff spot in their respective conferences. The Grizzlies will be favored on the NBA Lines for the Nets’ lone visit of the year to Memphis.
How to Bet Nets vs Grizzlies NBA Lines & Game Info
- When: Friday, 8 PM ET
- Where: FedExForum, Memphis
- TV: NBA TV
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- Radio: TuneIn
- NBA Odds: TBA
- All: Nets 18-21 / Grizzlies 18-19
- Home: Nets 10-11 / Grizzlies 10-8
- Away: Nets 8-10 / Grizzlies 8-11
- ATS: Nets 20-19 / Grizzlies 17-20
- Over/Under: Nets 20-19 / Grizzlies 15-22
Grizzlies lead 1-0, winning 131-125 in double overtime on Nov. 30 in Brooklyn. Mike Conley scored a season-high 37 points and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. set a career high with 36 points. Conley, who scored 13 of Memphis’ 14 points in the second overtime, also had 10 assists. The Grizzlies trailed by seven points with 26.8 seconds left in regulation when Jackson knocked down a three-pointer and drew the foul to convert a four-point play. Memphis forced a turnover on Brooklyn’s inbounds pass, and Jackson hit the game-tying triple from 30 feet to force overtime.
Jackson became the third-youngest player in NBA history to score at least 35 points in a game, behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant. D’Angelo Russell scored 26 points and had eight assists to lead Brooklyn. It marked the Grizzlies’ first multiple-overtime game since Dec. 5, 2016, New Orleans and the team’s sixth straight win in a multiple-OT contest. The Grizz have lost the past two at home in the series, though.
Why Bet on Brooklyn?The Nets were 126-121 home winners over New Orleans on Wednesday to end a two-game losing streak. Brooklyn had 73 first-half points and opened a 24-point lead during their highest-scoring first half at home in 17 years. The Nets made nine of their first 15 3-point attempts during their highest-scoring first half at home since getting 75 against Golden State on Feb. 19, 2002, back in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Despite playing without injured Caris LeVert, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Allen Crabbe, the Nets won for the seventh time in their last eight home games. They finished with seven players in double figures. Crabbe (knee) will be re-evaluated in 1-2 weeks. He has been diagnosed with a bruised fat pad in his right knee, which has caused the lingering soreness. Hollis-Jefferson has a groin injury and isn’t likely to play here. LeVert is a long way off.
D’Angelo Russell (rest) returned on Wednesday with a career-high-tying 13 assists, 22 points on 9-of-21 shooting, five rebounds, two steals, and one block. Russell got four days off due to his DNP on Saturday. He tied his career-high for assists in a single half (eight). His attack-first style has helped Brooklyn attempt a league-high 52.6 drives to the hoop per game this season.
Ed Davis returned from a rest day on Wednesday to post six points, 12 rebounds, two steals and one block in 17 minutes. The veteran got a night off on Saturday, which was the second night of a back-to-back set. Jarrett Allen posted his first double-double in two weeks on Wednesday with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.
Why Bet on Memphis?
The Grizzlies lost their third in a row Wednesday, 101-94 vs. Detroit to fall back under .500. With a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter, the Pistons built a double-digit lead and snapped their three-game losing streak. Memphis has lost 10 of the last 13, leading to a lengthy postgame meeting in a closed locker room. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff took more than 30 minutes to emerge and address the media.
Garrett Temple and Omari Casspi reportedly got into a physical altercation during a team meeting following Wednesday’s loss to the Pistons. Tempers flared with Temple criticizing the second unit for a perceived lack of effort, and Casspi vociferously defending himself and the bench squad. Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace said there will be “internal discipline.” Neither is a major part of the team but suspensions, if any, could affect depth.
Mike Conley (left shoulder) had a forgettable game against the Pistons, missing all eight of his shots for zero points with three rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes of action. Conley hurt his shoulder in the first quarter in a collision with Andre Drummond, which was a big reason why he failed to score for the first time this season. It marked the first time Conley was held scoreless since Dec. 8, 2015, against Oklahoma City when he played 22 minutes. After the game, he said his shoulder stiffened up a bit and, while his strength was good, he struggled to do anything with his left arm. Conley’s status is why no opening line here.
Jaren Jackson Jr. was superb in the loss, scoring 26 points (8-of-11 FGs, 8-of-8 FTs) with 10 rebounds, two assists, and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes. It was only JJJ’s second double-double of the season and first since Nov. 12. The 35 minutes were the most he’s seen since an overtime game on Nov. 30 against Brooklyn.
Nets vs Grizzlies NBA Betting Trends
- Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Memphis
- Road team is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings
- Brooklyn is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- Brooklyn is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Brooklyn’s last 6 games
- Memphis is 1-9 ATS in its last 10 games
- Memphis is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis’s last 8 games
Expert NBA Betting Prediction for Nets vs Grizzlies
If Conley plays, take Grizzlies. If not, Nets.