Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Preview

02 / 01 / 2024 By Ally Mielnicki

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The Cleveland Cavaliers (29-16) aim to build on their current win streak as they face a struggling Memphis Grizzlies (18-29) squad on Thursday, February 1. ZenSports Tennessee sportsbook offers the Cavs favored with a point spread at -7.0 (-116).

When: February 1, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET

Where: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee

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Cleveland Cavaliers Preview

The Cavaliers are 4-1 in their last five games and are currently riding a three-game win streak heading into this battle. Their most recent success was a 128-121 performance over the Detroit Pistons, where Donovan Mitchell had 45 points.

Mitchell has been a dominant force for the Cavs, as he averages 28.2 points and 6.4 assists each game. He shoots well from the field, making 46.5 percent of his shots and 86.0 percent from the free throw line.

The Cavs put up 114.4 points per game and rank 19th in the league. They rank 16th in their efficiency on the offensive end, with a rating of 116.0. Their pace of play ranks 21st, with a rating of 98.2, which shows they are a bit on the slower side and keep possession of the ball in the half court a majority of the time.

Their defense has been excellent, as they give up just 110.0 points per game to opponents and rank third in the league. Their efficiency in getting stops is slightly better, ranking second overall with a rating of 111.6.

Memphis Grizzlies Preview

The Grizzlies have gone 2-3 in their last five games, but are currently on a two-game skid. In their latest defeat, they came up short in a 103-94 outing against the Sacramento Kings despite Jaren Jackson Jr. having 22 points.

Jackson Jr. is putting up 21.9 points and grabbing 5.6 rebounds per game, making him a crucial contributor to their success each game. Assuming he gets a good start, the team could be in a better position to win.

The Grizzlies continue to hover near the worst average in the league for points, with 107.5 per game. Their efficiency on the offensive end is also right there in ranking, with a rating of 108.1. They do play at a slightly faster pace than the Cavs with a rating of 99.0 and rank 13th.

Defensively, they are holding teams to 112.6 points per game and rank 12th. As for their efficiency in getting stops, they rank eighth overall with a rating of 113.8. This will be the biggest difference in the game if they can obtain quality stops.

Betting Odds

ZenSports Tennessee sportsbook has exciting NBA betting prospects to consider. The Cleveland Cavaliers are 7.0-point favorites to win while competing on the road, with market insights revealing they have an 80.1 percent likelihood of winning.

Memphis Grizzlies

Spread: +7.0 (-110)

Cleveland Cavaliers

Spread: -7.0 (-116)

Totals: Over 216.0 (-113), Under 216.0 (-113)

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