Memphis Grizzlies (18-33) at Toronto Raptors (35-16)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -12 -- Over/Under: 207.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies and Toronto Raptors meet Sunday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Memphis Grizzlies need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 99.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 102.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is averaging 19.5 points and five assists while Marc Gasol is averaging 18 points and 8.6 rebounds. JaMychal Green is the third double-digit scorer and Dillon Brooks is grabbing three rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.5 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have lost five straight road games.
The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning six of their last nine games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.6 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 45.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 24.6 points and 4.1 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.6 points and 6.6 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last six home games.
The Grizzlies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Grizzlies are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Toronto, 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 27-8 in the last 35 meetings.
This is a lot of points to lay in an early game where we tend to see sloppy play and tight contests. You don't see noon NBA games often. The Toronto Raptors have also played down to their comp a little bit recently and are allowing 107.8 points in their last five games, so the defense has slipped. Also, the Memphis Grizzlies are 7-2 ATS this season when an underdog by at least eight points. The Grizzlies don't win, but they still have a fighting spirit and compete. I'll take a stab with the points.