Memphis Grizzlies (18-29) vs. Boston Celtics (37-11)
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics 2/4/24 – As Memphis and Boston face each other this Sunday, their starkly different records become a topic of conversation. Memphis currently holds an 18-29 record while facing an opponent with a 37-11 mark – pro handicappers note this matchup is essential to both teams’ playoff hopes; for Memphis this may be their last chance at saving their season; while Boston could gain another step toward dominance with this win.
Memphis Grizzlies have had an uphill struggle this season, evidenced by their sub-.500 record. But despite all odds, performance metrics offer some hope for improvement: with an average of 107.5 points per game for offensive output there’s room for growth against teams like Boston Celtics; 43.9% field goal percentage and 34.6% three-point line shooting are areas they must exploit given their reliance on perimeter shooting; while their 7.8 steals and 6.2 blocks per game could prove crucial in disrupting Celtics offensive rhythm
Boston Celtics have been an impressive force this season, boasting an impressive 37-11 record to display their effective and efficient play. Averaging 120.4 points per game on 47.8% shooting from the field and 38% from beyond the arc, their offense runs like clockwork while 47.2 defensive rebounding rebounds per game make them formidable opponents against which Memphis can’t compete effectively. Their ability to spread out their scoring opportunities across the floor will be key in their strategy for taking down Memphis.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics 2/4/24 Game Info
|Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 6:00 PM ET
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Jaren Jackson Jr. (PF) vs. Jayson Tatum (SF)
Jaren Jackson Jr. has started in all 45 games he’s played for Memphis this season, seeing 31.7 minutes per contest. He’s been extremely productive in those minutes, averaging 21.9 points on 43.9% shooting along with 5.6 rebounds. Jackson Jr. also contributes defensively with 1.6 blocks per game. His one shortcoming has been foul trouble, committing 3.5 personal fouls per outing.
Jayson Tatum has also started in all 45 of his appearances for Boston this campaign, while playing 35.8 minutes per game. He has excelled as the Celtics’ lead offensive weapon, putting up 26.9 points on efficient 47.8% from the field. Tatum crashes the glass effectively as well with 8.4 boards per game. His floor generalship also stands out, dishing 4.5 assists compared to 2.6 turnovers. Like Jackson Jr., fouls have hindered Tatum at times, averaging 2 personals per contest.
Both versatile forwards boast impressive statistical profiles and will look to channel their skills towards winning this key matchup. Tatum holds better efficiency marks across the box score. But Jackson Jr’s athleticism and rim protection could pose issues. Ultimately, team success will likely come down to which star player best limits his fouls and finds consistency on offense.
NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD
The betting odds and spreads for this game remain undetermined, reflecting the unpredictable nature of the NBA. However, insights and recommendations will lean towards the Celtics’ favor, given their superior record and home-court advantage.
Memphis Grizzlies Betting Trends
The Grizzlies are 3-2 straight up in their last 5 games. However, they are 5-0 against the spread during that stretch, consistently covering larger spreads. For road contests this year, Memphis has gone 15-11 against the spread. The totals line has gone OVER in just 1 of the Grizzlies’ last 5 overall. But digging deeper, 6 of Memphis’ last 21 home games have exceeded totals expectations.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Celtics come into this matchup very hot, with a 4-1 straight up record over their past 5 games. However, from a betting perspective, Boston has gone just 2-3 against the spread during this recent sample. For the full season, the team has struggled to cover at home, holding a 10-12 mark against the spread. The game totals have finished OVER 2 times in Boston’s last 5 contests. And for the year at TD Garden, 12 of the Celtics’ 24 home games have exceeded set totals.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics 2/4/24 Betting Picks
Given the analysis and betting trends, the Celtics emerge as the safer bet, especially at home. Their offensive firepower and defensive rebounding give them an edge over the Grizzlies, who have struggled to find consistency. However, the Grizzlies’ recent ATS streak could tempt bettors looking for an underdog pick.
The game’s outcome will likely hinge on key player performances and team strategies. Considering the Celtics’ overall superiority and the Grizzlies’ resilience, a closer than expected game could unfold. Nonetheless, our NBA predictions tonight lean towards a Celtics victory, with a potential high-scoring affair given both teams’ offensive capabilities.
Free Pick and Prediction: Boston Celtics 115, Memphis Grizzlies 105.