Memphis Grizzlies (0-0) vs Indiana Pacers (0-0)Date : 10/17/2018
Time : 7:00PM ET
Location : Bankers Life Field House
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Memphis Grizzlies vs Indiana Pacers
The Pacers will welcome the Grizzlies to Bankers Life Field House the Pacers fell short to the Cavs in seven in the first round last season while the Grizzlies finished 14th in the West. Game tips off at 7:00 PM ET.
Memphis Grizzlies 's Latest Performance :
Injuries were the theme for Memphis last season they will do their best this season to get back into the Western Conference playoffs contention. Mike Conley has been dealing with injuries over the last few seasons, it is hard to trust him to play over 70 games. With Tyreke Evans gone, there is a lot of minutes to go around and more guards will have the opportunity to become the primary ball handler. Dillon Brooks has proven he could be a steady piece in this roster. Memphis drafted Jaren Jackson JR. 4th in the draft, he scored 18 points in 21 minutes in his preseason debut. Overall Memphis is going to struggle for a few years to come, especially if Conley can’t stay healthy.
Player to watch: Mike Conley, he is averaging 17.0 points on 20-of-37 shooting (54.0%) this preseason, despite playing just 26.3 minutes per game. The supporting stats haven’t been there but that’s going to come for the tried-and-true veteran. It is going to be a long season for Memphis.
Indiana Pacers 's Latest Performance :
The Pacers were just a game short from advancing into the second round. However, despite the loss we were able to see Victor Oladipo grow in front of our eyes putting the Pacers on his back, as a result, he was rewarded with the most improved player award, everyone expected a series sweep in the first round but no one expected the Pacers to take the Cavs to seven games. This season they have added Tyreke Evans he is going to help Oladipo with the scoring. He will likely retain his off the bench role that he had last season, but his minutes tend to be around 30 per night with a very solid usage rate. The Pacers should remain a competitive team, but in an east that is getting stronger, they need another superstar to play alongside Oladipo or else the back half of the East is where they will stay.
Player to watch: Domantas Sabonis, it will be very interesting to see his development after he did a great job filling in for Turner when he was out with an injury. He is a solid rebounder and works well in the pick and roll. He should put up solid numbers against Memphis in the season opener.
How Memphis Grizzlies & Indiana Pacers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Pacers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
Grizzlies are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Against The Spread Selection: Indiana Pacers
My reason for the pick :
The Pacers should easily beat out the Grizzlies at home with Victor Oladipo leading the way, the Grizzlies will have to do their best at keeping the game close but that is unlikely going to happen because the Grizzlies won’t have an answer for Oladipo. Memphis will likely rebuild after throwing a ton of money at Chandler Parsons it was one of the poorer contract moves in the NBA over the last five years. The Pacers will win at home to start their new season on the right foot.
Betting trends for Memphis Grizzlies :
- Grizzlies are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 vs. Eastern Conference.
Betting trends for Indiana Pacers :
- Pacers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.