The Memphis Grizzlies (50-29) hit the road for another Southwest Division game on Wednesday. They visit the New Orleans Pelicans (40-39) at the Smoothie King Center. The New Orleans Pelicans go into the game with the Western Conference’s eighth seed, six spots behind the second-ranked Memphis Grizzlies. The New Orleans Pelicans are still in the running for a direct spot in the playoffs and are looking to capitalize on their home court advantage to secure a big win against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Form New Orleans Pelicans
Although they just lost 121-103 to the Sacramento Kings, the New Orleans Pelicans are still fairly well-off. In their last 10 games, they’ve gone 7-3, and their record in the last five home games is 3-2.
Heading into Wednesday, the New Orleans Pelicans have had a middling offensive performance this season, scoring an average of 114.2 points per game. Defensively, the New Orleans Pelicans are about average. They’ve held opposing offenses to 112.3 points per game on average.
The New Orleans Pelicans may not have secured a direct spot in the playoffs, but they have not been eliminated yet. In the 79 games of the regular season, they have emerged victorious in 40 of them, which gives them a chance to participate in the play-in tournament.
Jose Alvarado, Zion Williamson, and EJ Liddell are all carrying injuries going into the latest New Orleans Pelicans game.
Form Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies have been dominant in recent games against teams in their Southwest Division, winning four in a row. Their most recent game ended 119-109 against the Portland Trail Blazers, giving them an 8-2 record for their last ten outings.
On Wednesday, the Memphis Grizzlies head to the Smoothie King Center with a great scoring average of 116.7 points across their 79 matches this season. Defensively, the Memphis Grizzlies have restricted opponents to 112.6 points per game on average and 116.3 points on the road.
The Memphis Grizzlies have gloriously seized the Southwest Division throne. Boasting an impressive 50-win record from 79 games, they continue their regular season crusade, eager for further victories.
Steven Adams, Dillon Brooks, Brandon Clarke, Ziaire Williams, and Jake LaRavia are all carrying injuries going into the latest Memphis Grizzlies game.
The total in the most recent encounter between these two teams went under the 232.5 line. The Memphis Grizzlies triumphed, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 116-101 in January 2023 at the FedExForum. Playing the New Orleans Pelicans on the road has often proved to be an experience to forget for the Memphis Grizzlies, especially in their last five visits, which saw them fall to defeat four times.
While the New Orleans Pelicans averaged 114.3 points, the Memphis Grizzlies performed an average of 118.2 points in their ten most recent standoffs.
Bet365 offers odds for the New Orleans Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies standoff.To view the complete list of odds
- Moneyline (ML): Memphis Grizzlies (+175) | New Orleans Pelicans (-210)
- Against the spread (ATS): Memphis Grizzlies +5.0 (-110) | New Orleans Pelicans -5.0 (-110)
- Over/Under (O/U): 232.5 (-110) | (-110)
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Take the New Orleans Pelicans to win (1.48) on the moneyline.
Despite slipping to a 103-121 defeat against the Sacramento Kings last time out, the New Orleans Pelicans are expected to return to winning ways. Form-wise, they’re in decent shape, going 7-3 in their last 10 games. Odds of -210 imply there is a 68% chance of a home win. The Memphis Grizzlies are the underdogs for their upcoming game despite a 119-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, with odds of +175. They have been struggling on the road lately, losing six of their last ten away games, leading up to their latest confrontation.
Both teams need to win this Southwest showdown, and while the Memphis Grizzlies won the last matchup 116-101 in January 2023, the New Orleans Pelicans are the clear favorites this time around and look too good to pass up.
Against the Spread
Take the Memphis Grizzlies +5.0 (1.91) as they are the best bet.
The New Orleans Pelicans are tipped to win Wednesday’s matchup, boasting a 5-point lead over the Memphis Grizzlies. In the last five matches the New Orleans Pelicans played against the Memphis Grizzlies at home, they won four of them with an average margin of victory of 10.3 points.
The New Orleans Pelicans are 21-17 ATS at the Smoothie King Center this season and 37-40-1 ATS overall. The previous ten home contests saw the New Orleans Pelicans cover five times. They limited their foes to 108.3 points per game and scored 110.3 points on average.
The Memphis Grizzlies have a 13-23-1 ATS road record for the season, going 36-40-2 ATS in all games. In their previous ten, the Memphis Grizzlies failed to cover six times, scoring an average of 122.8 points and permitting 116.5 points.
Take Total under 232.5 (1.91) on the total.
The New Orleans Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies have a history of high-scoring matches, having averaged 232.5 points in their ten most recent meetings. The last five matches at the Smoothie King Center saw an average of 218.6 points.
Wednesday’s total line is 232.5 points, which is 2.1 points lower than the average of 234.6 points that the New Orleans Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies have put up in their last five matchups. Betting on the Over for the total market has odds of -110.
For betting on the total, consider that four of the last five New Orleans Pelicans games went under. Their record this season is 36-42 O/U. The total averaged 221.0 points across the last five New Orleans Pelicans home games, going under three times.
The Memphis Grizzlies are 34-43 O/U against the total this season. Their record on the road is 16-22 O/U. In the last 10 games, the Memphis Grizzlies saw the score go over the predicted total line five times, with an average of 239.3 points.