Cleveland Cavaliers (4-4) at Memphis Grizzlies (2-5)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -4 -- Over/Under: 212.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies meet Thursday in NBA action at the FedExForum.
The Cleveland Cavaliers need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 104.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 105 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Collin Sexton is averaging 25.7 points and two rebounds while Darius Garland is averaging 17.2 points and 6.3 assists. Andre Drummond is the third double-digit scorer and Cedi Osman is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 39.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.9 rebounds per game.
The Memphis Grizzlies need a win here to rebound from a 2-5 record. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 106.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 112.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 26.3 points and 6.3 assists while Dillon Brooks is averaging 16.9 points and 4.4 rebounds. Kyle Anderson is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 11.6 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.5 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game.
The Grizzlies are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The under is 5-0 in Cavaliers last 5 overall. The under is 21-7 in Grizzlies last 28 overall. The Cavaliers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Memphis and 20-6 ATS in the last 26 meetings.
The Cleveland Cavaliers went from looking like a decent team out of the gate and being led by a surprise offense, but now they've lost four of their last five and have been held under 100 points in all five of those contests. Being on the end of a back to back here doesn't help the Cavs. The Memphis Grizzlies have had issues of their own since Morant went down, but they've also played a respectable schedule against playoff caliber teams. This is a spot where the Grizzlies can push the pace a bit and get comfortable. I'll lay the small chalk with the Grizzlies at home.