Cleveland Cavaliers (28-17) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (30-13)
January 18, 2023 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -6; Over/Under: –
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies meet Wednesday in NBA action at the FedExForum. Let’s preview this game and give out a choice and prediction.
The Cleveland Cavaliers Preview
The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 111.5 points at 48.2 percent shooting and allowing 106.9 points at 46.6 percent shooting. Donovan Mitchell is averaging 28.4 points and 4.8 assists, while Darius Garland is averaging 21.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. Evan Mobley is the third double-digit scorer, and Jarrett Allen grabs 9.8 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 78.1 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers allow 36.6 percent shooting from deep and grab 42.5 rebounds per game.
The Memphis Grizzlies Preview
The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 117.6 points at 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 111.6 points at 44.9 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 27.5 points and 7.9 assists, while Desmond Bane is averaging 21.7 points and 5 rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Dillon Brooks grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies allow 34.9 percent shooting from deep and grab 49.2 rebounds per game.
The Cavaliers are 3-12-2 ATS in their last 17 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. The Grizzlies are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Under is 5-1 in Cavaliers last 6 Wednesday games. The over is 7-0 in Grizzlies last 7 overall. The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Memphis and 21-9 ATS in the last 30 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
The Memphis Grizzlies should be favored at home, where they win by an average of 11.7 points. And while the Cleveland Cavaliers have been good this year and them in the big underdog role is appealing at first, they’re going to be without Mitchell for this contest. A near perfectly healthy Grizzlies team should roll. I’ll lay the chalk.