The New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies meet Friday in NBA action at the FedExForum. The New Orleans Pelicans have won 6 of their last 8 games. The Memphis Grizzlies have lost 4 of their last 5 games.
The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 116.3 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 112.4 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 23.5 points and 6.4 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 21.1 points and 5.3 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.1 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.9 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game.
The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 114.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 28.6 points and 7.1 assists, while Desmond Bane is averaging 24.7 points and 4.9 rebounds. Dillon Brooks is the third double-digit scorer and Jaren Jackson Jr. is grabbing 9 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.2 rebounds per game.
The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Grizzlies are 26-9 ATS in their last 35 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Pelicans last 8 overall. The under is 4-1 in Grizzlies last 5 home games. The Pelicans are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings.
You could make a case for either side here, but the New Orleans Pelicans being down CJ McCollum is kind of a big deal. The Memphis Grizzlies are also a tough out at home, where they win by an average of 8.1 points. The Pelicans have had issues this season when they're without one of their key players. I'll lay the bucket with the Grizzlies at home.