Memphis Grizzlies vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/17/20

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Atlanta Hawks NBA Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/17/20 Photo by Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies

NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)

The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -2 -- Over/Under: 224.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies meet Thursday in NBA preseason action at the FedExForum.

The Atlanta Hawks look for a preseason win to get a game above a .500 record. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 114 points on 39.8 percent shooting and allowing 111.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting. De'Andre Hunter is averaging 16.5 points and five rebounds while Danilo Gallinari is averaging 15.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Trae Young is the third double-digit scorer and Bogdan Bogdanovic is grabbing three rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 76 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 29.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 61 rebounds per game.

The Memphis Grizzlies look for another win to improve to 3-0 in preseason play. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 115 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 104.5 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 18.5 points and nine assists while Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Kyle Anderson is the third double-digit scorer and Dillon Brooks is grabbing 4.5 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 30.1 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 50 rebounds per game. 

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The Hawks are 8-21 ATS in their last 29 road games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Grizzlies are 16-7 ATS in their last 23 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings. The over is 19-8 in Hawks last 27 overall. The under is 16-5 in Grizzlies last 21 overall.

The Atlanta Hawks are supposed to be an improved team come the regular season, but they've played some odd lineups and are shooting under 40 percent from the field. The Memphis Grizzlies have a chance to finish the preseason undefeated, and they're playing at a high level at both ends of the floor. While its small sample sizes, I'm not stepping in front of the Grizzlies right now. I'll lay the bucket. 

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Randy’s Pick Memphis Grizzlies -2

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