Memphis Grizzlies vs Indiana Pacers
October 13, 2021 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Indiana Pacers -6.5 / Memphis Grizzlies +6.5
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The Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers meet Wednesday in NBA preseason action at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Memphis Grizzlies look for a win to build on their 3-1 preseason record. The Indiana Pacers look for a win to get a game above a .500 record.
The Memphis Grizzlies have won nine of their last 13 preseason games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 107.3 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 89.5 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 22.3 points and 5.7 assists, while Jaren Jackson Jr. is averaging 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Desmond Bane is the third double-digit scorer and De’Anthony Melton is dishing 2.5 assists. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.7 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 29 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 54.8 rebounds per game.
The Indiana Pacers have lost five of their last six preseason games. The Indiana Pacers are averaging 106.5 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 112.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 16 points and 3.5 rebounds, while Chris Duarte is averaging 13 points and 2.5 rebounds. Myles Turner is the third double-digit scorer and Domantas Sabonis is grabbing nine rebounds. The Indiana Pacers are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana Pacers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 52 rebounds per game.
The Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the better preseason teams this season, and they continue to play elite level defense. The Indiana Pacers haven’t had much preseason success dating back to last year, and they’re struggling to knockdown shots from the outside. It’s hard to bet against the Grizzlies in this spot, especially when they’re the younger, healthier team that should control the pace.