Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz / NBA –Memphis and Utah will meet for the third time this season, and Grizzlies will be the hosts the second time. It is interesting that the hosts did not use their court advantage in both previous duels and the guests celebrated the victory. Memphis is entering this match after a big victory over the Warriors, while this is the fifth consecutive hosting for the Jazzers. Begins: 09.01.2017. – 02:00 CET
After two consecutive defeats against teams from LA, Clippers and Lakers, the team of Memphis has managed to defeat the best team in the league the Warriors away with 128:119. They are now after four consecutive duels returning to their hall, where they will host the team of Utah Jazz. Memphis is together with their opponent holding the fifth position of the West and now has 23 wins and 16 losses. They have 13 wins and 7 losses at home, but as we said before, they lost the first match against Jazzers in front of their fans with the result 73:82. This was a revenge for victory in Salt Lake City, when they celebrated with 102:96.
Memphis has in the match with the Warriors showed something that we rarely seen in NBA. In the fourth quarter, they were losing with 19 points difference, but then they played fantastic in defence (which third in the league) and they first went in overtime, won and then they mastered the current runner-up in the league. The question is how much has this exhausted them before the match, but it certainly gave them great satisfaction before the next match, especially because this is their second win over the Warriors this season. The most important thing for the Grizzlies is that they are now complete, because Conley, Parsons, Randolph and the others are back on the court, which means that Gasol is no longer alone in the attack.
Probable lineups Memphis Grizzlies: Conley, Allen, Green, Parsons, Gasol
The Jazzers are on a big tour and this hosting in Memphis will be their fifth in a row. All this has of course affected the freshness of the team and that is why we believe that a somewhat slower pace would suit them in this match. Both teams are playing great defence, and they are not allowing their opponents a large number of points, while their final duel in which there was a total of 155 points is a testament to what kind of defensive basketball both teams prefer. Utah receives about 95, and Memphis 99 points per game, while their attack achieves about 99 points on average. So, they are very similar teams in attack and in defence, and these teams are usually ” undesirable ” for viewers.
Utah's guard Hill has injury problems, while the other players are mostly healthy and ready for the match. Utah has a number of solutions in the outer positions, so Hill will replace Mack, while Net, Exum, Burks and veteran Johnson are ready there. Under the basket are mainly Gobert and Favors, while the only substitute in these positions is Lyles, although veteran Diaw is always available. This will be extremely important, because they have to find a solution for Gasol and Randolph in the zone. Hayward will be the first option in the attack, as always, but he could now face a great defender Allen.
Probable lineups Utah Jazz: Hood, Mack, Hayward, Favors, Gobert
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz PICK
This will be a duel of teams that play defensive basketball and as we often point out, these are not the teams that will delight the fans with fast and efficient basketball (of course, there are always exceptions). Their last match and barely over 150 points proves that, which is why we expect a similar case in this match.
Pick: under 186.5
Odds: 2.00 at Unibet (down to 1.90 can be played)