Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Utah Jazz are hosting the Memphis Grizzlies at the Vivint Arena in Utah on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 21:30 ET in Game 1 of this Western quarterfinal between the first and eighth-best teams of the conference. The Utah Jazz finished with the best record in the NBA this season and were 7-2 in their previous nine matches. The Grizzlies were forced into the play-in tournament where they won the Spurs and the Warriors consecutively and clinched the eighth place. They are 7-1 in their previous eight matches. 

The Jazz finished the regular season with a 52-20 record and are 41-31 against the spread and 33-38-1 in over/under. They are coming off a road victory against the Kings with 121-99 score. Jordan Clarkson scored a game-high 33 points off the bench, shooting with 66% from the field and 50% from behind the arc, making 6 triples.  

Donovan Mitchell leads the team in scoring with 26.4 ppg, adding 4.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game but he is still out with an injury. Clarkson adds 18.4 ppg and 4 rebounds per game off the team’s bench.  

Jazz have the fourth-best offense in the NBA with 116.4 ppg and the third-best defense, allowing 107.2 ppg. They have a 46.8% field goal percentage and a 38.9% 3-point percentage. They are 5-3 against the spread in their previous eight matches. Under is 3-0 in their previous three matches. 

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Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz Predictions 5/23/2021

The Grizzlies finished the regular season with a 38-34 record and are 42-30 against the spread and 36-36 in over/under. They are coming off a road victory against the Warriors with a 117-112 score in overtime. It was a close and thrilling game, where they had the lead for the whole part of the game and made more triples that the Warriors (15 to 12). Ja Morant was sensational, scoring a team-high 35 points with 5 triples, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.        

He leads the team both in scoring with 19.1 ppg and in assists made with 7.4 per game, adding 4 rebounds per game. Dillon Brooks follows with 17.2 ppg. 

Grizzlies score 113.3 ppg offensively while allowing 112.3 ppg defensively. They have a 46.7% field goal percentage and a 35.6% 3-point percentage. They are 1-4 against the spread in their previous five matches. Under is 4-1 in their previous five matches. 

Utah won all three matchups against Memphis in the regular season. They won both home games with 126-110 and with 117-114. They are 4-2 against the spread in their previous six matchups. Over is 4-1 in their previous five matchups. The Jazz are 31-5 at home, while the Grizzlies are 21-16 on the road. The Jazz are the absolute favorite, so I’m going to pick them with -8.5 today.

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Memphis Grizzlies vs Utah Jazz 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 21:30 ET 

Location: Vivint Arena in Utah, UT

Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021

TV: –

NBA Odds/Point Spread: Utah Jazz -8.5 

NBA Totals: +224.5

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