The New Orleans Pelicans are battling for a spot in the Western Conference play-in tournament, while the Memphis Grizzlies are looking to finish as high as second in the conference. The teams meet from Memphis on Tuesday with the Grizzlies favored on the NBA odds.
How to Bet New Orleans at Memphis NBA Odds & TV Info
- When: Tuesday, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: FedEx Forum
- TV: TNT
- Stream: TNT app
- Radio: Tunein.com
- NBA Odds: Grizzlies -6 (total 232)
The teams have split two meetings this season in New Orleans. They last played on Feb. 15 and the Grizzlies won 121-109. Tyus Jones scored a career-high 27 points to go with nine assists while filling in for All-Star Ja Morant. Jaren Jackson added 23 points and ex-Pelican Steven Adams had 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting and 13 rebounds for Memphis, which led for nearly the entire game and by double digits for more than half of it. Morant sat out with left ankle soreness but is healthy now. CJ McCollum had 30 points to lead New Orleans.
Why Bet on New Orleans?
The Pelicans were up 11 points with about three minutes left in regulation in Denver on Sunday night … and managed to lose 138-130 in OT as they couldn’t stop Nikola Jokic. He hit two free throws to tie it with 3.2 second remaining in regulation and then knocked in a momentum-swinging 3-pointer with 1:30 left in OT. The Denver big man scored 30 of his 46 points in the fourth quarter. The Pelicans had won their last four games by an average of 26.8 points. The Pelicans had been the first team in NBA history to outscore their opponents by 100 points across their first four games out of the All-Star break.
On Sunday, New Orleans trailed by 21 points in the first half, but mounted a huge mid-game rally and appeared to be nearing taking command entering crunch time. The Pelicans couldn’t close out the Nuggets in regulation, though, missing a couple critical free throws in the waning seconds that might’ve iced a win.
Brandon Ingram had 30 points and nine assists in the loss. Ingram provided the game’s biggest highlight when he nailed a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer. He’s averaging 29.4 points and 3.4 triples on 58.5 percent shooting from the field in five games since the break.
“Overall, I think he’s just in a good rhythm,” Coach Willie Green said. “He’s playing a little faster, he’s getting to his spots. He’s feeling it right now, so we just continue to try to run plays to try to get him going. We all like what we see.”
C.J. McCollum had 24 points and nine assists as he continues to play well since being acquired from New Orleans. McCollum is tied for 6th in the NBA in three-pointers made per game (3.1). Additionally, McCollum is the only player in the entire NBA to average 20-plus points and four-plus assists this season while averaging less than two turnovers per game. Jonas Valanciunas fouled out after putting up 19 points and 14 rebounds in 30 minutes. Valanciunas posted a double-double for the fifth time over his last six appearances.
Valanciunas played for the Memphis Grizzlies from 2019-21 where he appeared in 151 regular season games and five playoff games. He averaged 16.4 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists a game. New Orleans traded him to Memphis this offseason.
Why Bet on Memphis?
The Grizzlies were stunned 123-112 at awful Houston on Sunday in the second of a back-to-back. Kevin Porter Jr. scored 29 points, and Christian Wood added 28 points and 13 rebounds and the Rockets ended a 12-game losing streak. Porter scored 19 of his 22 second-half points in the third quarter to help Houston overcome a 10-point halftime deficit.
After Brandon Clarke cut Houston’s lead to 108-107 with a layup with 5 1/2 minutes remaining, the Rockets responded with a 10-1 run to open up a 10-point lead on a layup by Kevin Porter with 2:42 left. The Rockets shot 52% and made 13 of 35 on 3-pointers. Houston outrebounded the Grizzlies 45-40 and had a 22-13 advantage in second chance points. The Grizzlies were 5 of 26 on 3-pointers.
Desmond Bane scored 28 points, and Ja Morant added 22 points and six assists for Memphis. Steven Adams had season-high 23 points and finished with 12 rebounds. The Grizzlies defense completely fell apart in the second half, and Jaren Jackson Jr. played just 13 minutes because of foul trouble.
Memphis is 20-11 against teams better than .500 and 24-11 against opponents below .500.
“It’s not easy,” Morant said. “Those teams still NBA teams. They have a lot of guys that can score the ball. We still have to be locked in like we playing the best team in the league.”
Second-leading scorer Dillon Brooks hasn’t played since Jan. 8 because of an ankle injury. General manager Zach Kleiman gave Brooks an early March return expectation at the trade deadline, and Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins has said that Brooks has stayed on pace. Brooks is doing light work with his teammates at practice. He’ll do more contact, 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 drills before being fully cleared to return.
Memphis is on pace to win the Southwest Division, which would mark the first division title in franchise history. The Grizzlies are 7-5 this season against divisional opponents, including a 4-2 home record. The Grizzlies are 14-7 this season coming off a loss and 7-3 when playing at home immediately after a defeat.
- Grizzlies 116, Pelicans 114