New Orleans Pelicans (42-40 Last Season) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (51-31 Last Season)
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies 10/25/23 – The NBA season is underway, and one of the top NBA daily free picks for this week is the anticipated clash between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Memphis Grizzlies. Both teams had commendable performances last season, with the Grizzlies earning a higher standing at 51-31 compared to the Pelicans’ 42-40. This game promises to be a captivating matchup, with both teams aiming to make a strong statement early in the season.
From a statistical perspective, the Pelicans, last season, showed a solid offensive capability averaging 114.4 points per game and a commendable 48% field goal percentage. Their prowess from beyond the arc was evident, having a 36.4% 3-Point Field Goal Percentage. On the defensive end, they secured an average of 43.7 rebounds per game.
The Grizzlies, on the other hand, exhibited an even stronger offensive outing with an average of 116.9 points per game and a slightly higher field goal percentage of 47.5%. Notably, their defense stood out with a whopping 46.6 rebounds and 5.8 blocks per game, signaling the team’s resilience in defending their basket.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies 10/25/23 Game Info
|When:||Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 8:00 PM ET|
|Stream:||NBA League Pass|
Zion Williamson (PF) vs. Desmond Bane (SG)
Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans made an immediate impact during last season, averaging 26 points and 7 rebounds per game while contributing an astounding 1.3 assist-turnover ratio. Williamson excels at scoring but defensively must remain wary of fouls as his averaged 2.2 fouls per game.
Desmond Bane of the Memphis Grizzlies, in contrast, started in 58 out of his 29 games played, averaging 21.5 points per game. His rebound average was 5 per game, and assists at 4.4 per game. With a 2 assist to turnover ratio, Bane’s ball-handling and playmaking abilities are evident. His strengths lie in his consistency, but like Williamson, he’ll have to navigate his fouls carefully.
When these two key players collide on the court, it’s bound to be an electrifying encounter. Williamson’s dominant inside presence against Bane’s sharp shooting will be a matchup to watch. Their impacts on the game will be paramount, and the team that leverages their key player more effectively will likely have the upper hand.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: Memphis Grizzlies -125, Total Odds: 225.5
The odds are slightly tilted in favor of the Memphis Grizzlies. With their stronger record from the previous season and the home court advantage, it’s understandable. However, the game’s close spread indicates that it’s anticipated to be a tight contest.
New Orleans Pelicans Betting Trends
The betting trends indicate that the total has gone UNDER in 10 of New Orleans’ last 14 games. Their straight-up record is strong, standing at 9-4 in the last 13 games. However, their performance against the Grizzlies has been less than stellar, both against the spread (2-5 ATS) and straight-up (2-5 SU). The Pelicans also struggle on the road, especially against the Grizzlies, with an 0-5 SU in their last 5 road games against Memphis.
Memphis Grizzlies Betting Trends
Memphis’s betting trends are a mixed bag. They are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games, indicating some inconsistency. However, they’ve maintained a dominant home record, going 16-2 SU in their last 18 home games. The Grizzlies also have a strong record against the Pelicans at home, standing at 5-0 SU.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies 10/25/23 Betting Picks
Given the trends, statistics, and the matchup analysis, the Memphis Grizzlies seem to have a slight edge, especially with their formidable home record. However, the Pelicans are not to be underestimated, and an upset is always on the cards.
For those seeking premium top picks, the Grizzlies might be the safer bet, but the Pelicans +1.5 offers value for those willing to take a risk. As for the total, considering both teams’ recent UNDER trends, it might be prudent to consider the UNDER on the 225.5.
Free Pick and Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies 113, New Orleans Pelicans 110.