New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Preview

02 / 12 / 2024 By Ally Mielnicki

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The Western Conference has an appealing NBA betting opportunity coming up, as the seventh-place New Orleans Pelicans (31-22) takes on the 13th-place Memphis Grizzlies (18-35) for the fourth time this season on Monday, February 12 at 8:00 PM ET. ZenSports Tennessee sportsbook offers the Pelicans as favorites with a point spread at -9.0 (-112).

When: February 12, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET

Where: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee

Watch: NBA League Pass

New Orleans Pelicans Preview

The Pelicans have gone 4-1 in their latest five matchups, offering excellent momentum coming into this game. Their previous battle was a 93-84 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, where Trey Murphy III dropped 24 points.

Zion Williamson leads the team with 22.3 points per game and is shooting 58.7 percent from the field. However, he is a game time decision due to a foot injury.

The Pelicans score an average of 116.5 points per game, ranking 13th in the league, with their offensive efficiency at 13th as well with a rating of 118.0. In terms of pace, they hold the 17th spot in the league with a rating of 98.6.

On the defensive end, the Pelicans allow an average of 112.4 points per game, placing them ninth in the league. Their defensive efficiency is 15th, with a rating of 113.8. Compared to their offense, they maintain a slightly positive ratio that shows a handful of points for the winning margin.

Memphis Grizzlies Preview

The Grizzlies are seeking to break out of their losing streak any day now, as they have lost their last eight games. Their most recent defeat was a 115-106 outing against the Charlotte Hornets, despite Jaren Jackson Jr. leading them with 29 points.

Jackson Jr. is doing everything he can to keep their offense alive since the Grizzlies have had injuries that have affected the lineup. He is currently averaging 22.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists.

The Grizzlies continue to hold the league’s lowest scoring average at 107.1 points per game, accompanied by the least efficient offense with a rating of 108.0. Their pace of play, standing at a rating of 98.8, could have an impact for the tempo of the game as they currently hold the 12th position.

On the defensive side, they restrict opponents to 113.4 points per game, securing the 12th rank. Even with all of the injuries, they currently hold the 10th position in efficiency in defense with a rating of 114.3. Despite recent challenges, there is still a chance for them to approach these averages, but they maintain a negative ratio compared to their offense.

Betting Odds

ZenSports Tennessee sportsbook offers top NBA betting choices. Presently, the New Orleans Pelicans are favored by 9.0 points to achieve success away from home, supported by market insights indicating a 77.8 percent chance of winning.

Memphis Grizzlies: +285

Spread: +9.0 (-114)

New Orleans Pelicans: -400

Spread: -9.0 (112)

Totals: Over 222.0 (-114), Under 222.0 (-112)

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