Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz Betting Preview

11 / 01 / 2023 By Ally Mielnicki

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The struggling Memphis Grizzlies (0-4) are seeking their first win of the season on the raise against the Utah Jazz (1-3). ZenSports Tennessee sportsbook offers this NBA betting opportunity favoring the Jazz for victory with a point spread of -2.5 (-110).

When: November 1, 2023 at 9:00 PM ET

Where: Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah 

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Memphis Grizzlies Preview

The Grizzlies had their highest point total on offense against the Dallas Mavericks in their last game, but they also allowed the most on defense too. They recently extended their four-game losing streak in a 125-110 outing against the Mavs.

They are now the worst team in the league, with the exception of the Houston Rockets also not having a win after three games. They are still having issues on both ends of the floor without Ja Morant, but they must find a way fast to keep their season afloat long enough for his return.

Their offense has been steady at 106.0 points per game, which ranks 21st in the league. Their efficiency and overall offensive ratings are in the mid-20’s as well, making them not a dominant offense to compete against. Again, the absence of Morant shows how much his presence means to this team.

The Grizzlies defense also struggles, as they are ranked the 19th team in the league for points per game allowed at 114.2. Their ratings on defense rank 15th for teams getting quality possessions per 100 attempts, so not the worst by far. Slowing the pace might help their chances to avoid turnovers and keep the Jazz from getting hot.

Utah Jazz Preview

The Jazz have their last two consecutive games and might have an opportunity for success against the Grizzlies. Their recent defeat was a 110-102 performance against the defending champion Denver Nuggets. Besides the first quarter of the game, the Jazz were within three points every quarter.

They are now the 12th best team in the West, but have a chance to distance themselves from the bottom. A win here would boost their confidence and provide momentum as a new month of basketball approaches.

Their offense ranks 19th in the league at 110.0 points per game, which is only slightly higher than the Grizzlies. They also rank 14th in the league for their overall offensive rating per 100 possessions, showing they do a solid job at getting quality opportunities when scoring.

The Jazz defense ranks 28th in the league, as they give up 121.0 points per contest. Looking at their overall ratings on defense per 100 possessions, they are dead last in that regard. Both teams are measuring up about the same, but the Jazz have looked worse on paper despite having a win.

Betting Odds

ZenSports offers compelling NBA options for sports bettors in Tennessee. The Utah Jazz are slightly favored to secure the win at home, with market analysis showing a 65.2 percent chance of that occurring.

Memphis Grizzlies

Spread: +2.5 (-110)

Utah Jazz

Spread: -2.5 (-110)

Totals: Over 225.5 (-110), Under 225.5 (-110)

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