On Monday, the Memphis Grizzlies (20-14 SU, 20-14 ATS) will proceed their transient street journey as they play the Suns (26-6 SU, 17-15 ATS) on the Footprint Heart in Phoenix. Will the Suns bounce again from their Christmas Day loss or will the Grizzlies win two straight on a back-to-back?
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns Betting Odds and Strains
Level unfold: Suns -8 (-110)
Moneyline: Grizzlies +270 / Suns -330
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns Damage Report
The Memphis Grizzlies have six gamers in Well being and Security Protocols that may miss this recreation: Dillon Brooks, Santi Aldama, Jarret Culver, De’Anthony Melton, Yves Pons and Zaire Williams.
— Duane Rankin (@DuaneRankin) December 27, 2021
The Phoenix Suns misplaced Jae Crowder and Elfrid Payton to Well being and Security Protocols as nicely. As well as, they are going to be with out Abel Nader (Knee), Frank Kaminsky (Knee), Dario Saric (ACL) and Ish Wainright (Again).
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns Preview
Suns Hit Letdown on Christmas Day
The Suns misplaced to the Golden State Warriors outright as six level favorites on their house ground on Christmas Day. They have been held again by Devin Booker and Jae Crowder’s poor performances. Booker shot 5-19 from the sphere, together with simply 1-5 from past the arc.
Crowder, who will miss tonight’s recreation, went 3-11 from the sphere, together with 2-8 from three. Deandre Ayton (8-10 FG) and Chris Paul (7-14 FG) did every thing they might to maintain the Suns in it.
However when two of your predominant contributors aren’t performing, the Warriors grow to be inconceivable to beat. It additionally doesn’t assist when Otto Porter Jr. shoots 8-13 from the sphere and pours in 19 factors, together with some late buckets.
Previous to the loss, although, the Suns have been on a 7-1 stretch and have been blowing out each single opponent that they confronted. On the season they’re ninth in Adjusted Offensive Score, third in Adjusted Defensive Score and 4th in Adjusted Internet Score, per Dunks and Threes.
Grizzlies Received Again on Observe
Previous to defeating the Sacramento Kings on Sunday, the Grizzlies had dropped three straight video games to the Path Blazers, Thunder and Warriors.
Whereas shedding to the Warriors is excusable (though the Warriors had everybody out), shedding to the Thunder and Path Blazers is greater than head scratching.
However after trailing by a degree at halftime to the Kings Sunday, they outscored Sacramento 78-52 within the second half.
Memphis had seven gamers in double figures, headlined by Desmond Bane’s 28 level efficiency that noticed him shoot 11-19 from the sphere and 4-6 from past the arc.
Bane picked up the slack from past the arc as Ja Morant (0-3) and Jaren Jackson (1-8) each struggled to knock down threes.
The Grizzlies additionally didn’t meet any form of defensive pushback towards Sacramento. In spite of everything, the Kings are ranked twenty eighth in Defensive Score this season. The Suns, although, are a defensive stalwart.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns Prediction
The Suns are out to show one thing on this recreation. They have been embarrassed on their house ground on Nationwide Tv on Christmas Day by their convention challenger.
The Grizzlies, then again, have been capable of reap the benefits of an excessively porous protection on Sunday.
The Kings’ efficiency was so dangerous it made Alvin Gentry “probably the most upset” he had been in 34 years.
Eight factors is lots of factors for a stable Memphis workforce, however that is the final recreation of a three-game vacation street journey, in addition to the second recreation of a back-to-back.
I anticipate a bounce again recreation from Devin Booker, in addition to for the Suns protection to present main suits to maybe a little bit of a drained Grizzlies workforce.
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