Detroit Pistons vs Memphis Grizzlies Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 1-2-2018




Detroit Pistons (16-18) vs Memphis Grizzlies (18-18)

Date : 01/02/2019
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : FedEx Forum, Nashville, Tennessee

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Detroit Pistons vs Memphis Grizzlies

The Detroit Pistons will travel to FedEx Forum in which to challenge the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.The Pistons will certainly be looking to get back on the court as they are losers of for the last five games, overall, with the last being over the Orlando Magic on the road as  Evan Fournier connected on a buzzer-beating three-point attempt late in the game in which to send the magic to a much-needed win while propelling the Detroit Pistons to their 3rd straight road loss.

On the other hand, the Memphis Grizzlies are losers of seven of their last nine games, altogether, as they suffered a road loss to the Houston Rockets in their last time out as the Rockets jumped over the Grizzlies from the start of this matchup as they went in at half-time by 61 – 38 score en route to the blowout victory.  The over has been the play in three of the last five games at FedEx Forum amongst these two teams while the over has been the play in three of the last five meetings amongst these two teams in Nashville as well.

 

Detroit Pistons's Latest Performance :

Nonetheless, the Grizzlies shot 46% from the floor in their last outing versus the Houston Rockets, however, connected on only six of 23 three point attempts as they held the hot-shooting Houston Rockets to only 43% shooting.  However, the home team was successful on connecting on the 18 three pointers on the  night en route to the victory. Kyle Anderson led the Grizzlies with 20 points for the game while Mike Conley chipped in 19 points along with pulling down five rebounds in addition to dishing out five assists. On the other hand, Marc Gasol went 5-10 for the night while ending with 14 points along with pulling down 12 rebounds.

James Harden certainly continue his stellar streak of play as they ended the game with 43 points while going 6-12 from three-point range while also pulling down 12 rebounds along with having 13 assists in the game while Clint Capella also reeled in yet another Double-Double with 19 points along with 13 rebounds. The Grizzlies came out flat in the first and second quarters as they combined for only 38 points during this time.

On the other hand, their defense certainly gave up points in bunches to Houston as the Rockets ended the half scoring 61 points total en route to the victory. Nonetheless, Memphis will look to get their act together versus a Detroit team that has struggled mightily both on the road as well as at home. In fact, the Pistons are only winners of one of their last six road games, overall.

 

Memphis Grizzlies's Latest Performance :

Detroit certainly continued their offensive woes as shot only 42% from the floor versus the Orlando Magic on the road while connecting on only 8 of 31 3-point attempts as Reggie Bullock along with Blake Griffin ended with 15 points apiece while Andre Drummond chipped in 14 points along with 15 rebounds and the loss as a  Fournier 3-pointer sealed the victory at the buzzer for the Magic in a slim victory. Orlando only made good on seven 3-pointers, yet, shot 47% from the floor as Aaron Gordon along with Nikola Vucevic played much better in this outing as they scored 22 points apiece to lead the Magic. Finally, Reggie Jackson went 5-15 from the floor in ending with 11 points along with just four assists for Detroit, as his struggles continued from the floor as well.

In all, Detroit continues to ride the strength of their defense in which to remain competitive in contests, recently.  Detroit is 3 – 7 in their last 10 games, overall, while they have failed to reach the 100-point mark in three of their last five games. They may also struggle in this matchup vs a Memphis Grizzlies team that also possesses a solid defensive unit that has been the tip of the spear for a team that also seems to lack any semblance of an offense recently.

 

How Detroit Pistons & Memphis Grizzlies Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

 

Detroit is 16 – 17 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 16 – 18

Memphis is 17-19 against the spread while the OU is 15 – 21

 

 

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

This will be an interesting game for both teams as  Detroit will be looking to come out of an offensive funk versus a Memphis team that continues to perform well on the defensive end in allowing teams to average just 101 points in their last six games at FedEx Forum. Memphis, on the other hand, will certainly be looking to come out of an offensive funk as well versus a Detroit team that is allowing 113 points per game in their last six road games.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:   Memphis Grizzlies

My reason for the pick :

While Detroit continues to get big numbers from Griffin as well as Drummond, they have struggled at the point guard position as Jackson has not been able to pull his weight throughout the season. Also, with Memphis looking to step  things up on the defensive end throughout this matchup, look for him to struggle during this outing as well as Memphis will hit some critical shots down the stretch in was to pull out a much-needed victory. As stated, Detroit has been atrocious on the road lately as their offense has failed to reach the  90 point mark in two of their last three road games. With that being said, look for Memphis to come out on the winning track versus a struggling Detroit squad that cannot find the bottom of the bucket.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick: Under

My reason for the prediction :

I will back the under in this matchup as I happen to feel that both defenses will certainly step up even more in which to compensate for a lack of efficient offense. With that being the case, the under has been the play in five of the last seven games for the Memphis Grizzlies while also being the result in the result in three of the last five games, overall, for the Detroit Pistons.  In all, one can certainly expect these things to continue as this will be a defensive-minded game from start to finish.

Betting trends for Detroit Pistons:

  • Pistons are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games.
    Pistons are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
    Under is 18-5-3 in Pistons last 26 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.

Betting trends for Memphis Grizzlies:

  • Under is 4-0 in Grizzlies last 4 Wednesday games.
    Under is 4-0 in Grizzlies last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
    Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Falepa

A sports analyst and enthusiast, Filipa enjoys writing articles for NHL, NBA, NCAAB, and, of course, for NCAAF. In addition, he enjoys the true art of breaking down games in such as way as to locate certain trends that can impact future contests. With a willingness to research, construct, and relay information that any reader can understand, Filipa aims to provide the reader with interesting & indepth knowledge for upcoming sporting events.