New Orleans Pelicans at Memphis Grizzlies - 12/31/22 NBA Picks and Prediction

Memphis Grizzlies (21-13) vs New Orleans Pelicans (23-12)

Game Info: Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)

Betting Odds: Memphis Grizzlies -5.5 -- Over/Under: 232.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies meet Saturday in NBA action at the FedEx Forum. The New Orleans Pelicans have won 5 straight games. The Memphis Grizzlies have split their last 8 games.

The New Orleans Pelicans are averaging 117.8 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 112.6 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Zion Williamson is averaging 25.8 points and 7 rebounds, while Brandon Ingram is averaging 20.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. CJ McCollum is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.4 rebounds. The New Orleans Pelicans are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line. The New Orleans Pelicans are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.

The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 115.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 111.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Ja Morant is averaging 26.8 points and 7.9 assists, while Desmond Bane is averaging 23 points and 4.6 rebounds. Dillon Brooks is the third double-digit scorer and Jaren Jackson Jr. is grabbing 6 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 48.8 rebounds per game.

The Pelicans are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games. The Grizzlies are 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 home games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games. The over is 6-1 in Pelicans last 7 overall. The under is 5-1 in Grizzlies last 6 overall. The Pelicans are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Memphis Grizzlies are excellent at home, and they have the rest advantage here, so I understand them being favored. However, the New Orleans Pelicans are a team we've backed a lot this season and have been high on from the start. The Pelicans are too good of a team to turn down with free points, as they can beat anybody on any given night. I'll take my chances with the road dog based on the value.

Randy’s Pick New Orleans Pelicans +5.5

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