Raptors vs Grizzlies Prediction - NBA Picks 1/3/24

Memphis Grizzlies (10-22) vs Toronto Raptors (13-20)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)

Betting Odds: Memphis Grizzlies -1.5 -- Over/Under: 230.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Memphis Grizzlies play host to the Toronto Raptors at the FedExForum on Wednesday night. Here’s a Grizzlies vs Raptors Prediction.

Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have been in poor form as they've lost five of their last seven games overall, but they will be eager to get something going after sneaking past the Cavaliers in a 124-121 home win on Monday. Pascal Siakam led the team with 36 points on 13 of 20 shooting, Scottie Barnes added 20 points with six rebounds and five assists while RJ Barrett chipped in with 19 piints and nine rebounds. As a team, the Raptors shot 48 percent from the field and 11 of 30 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates with 41 points in the first quarter to build a 19-point lead. However, the Raptors allowed the Cavaliers to hang around and needed to play excellent defense in the final 1:43 to escape with the gritty win at home.

Toronto Raptors Player Facts

  • Jakob Poeltl ranks 1st amongst qualified players for FG% (69.5%) this season.
  • Pascal Siakam is one of only 13 qualified players in the league averaging at least 20.0 points, 5.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds this season.

Memphis Grizzlies

Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies have been in pretty good shape as they've won five of their last eight games overall and they will be eager to build some momentum after snapping a three-game skid with a 106-98 win over the Spurs last night. Ja Morant led the team with 26 points and 10 assists, Desmond Bane added 24 points on 11 of 17 shooting while Santi Aldama chipped in with 13 points and 11 rebounds on five of six shooting off the bench. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 38 from the 3-point line, but this win was more about their defense as they were always in control after restricting the Spurs to just 17 points in the second quarter. The Grizzlies will meet the Lakers after this game.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Grizzlies rank 30th in the league for points per game this season (106.7).
  • The Grizzlies rank 30th in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (6.8).
  • The Raptors rank 29th in the league for free throw percentage this season (73.6%).
  • The Raptors are one of only two teams to record multiple wins when trailing by a margin of 10+ points after Q3 this season.

Grizzlies vs Raptors Prediction

The Raptors have been in terrible form, but they will be feeling much better after taking down the Cavaliers in a narrow win on Monday, while the Grizzlies were able to put a stop to a three-game skid with a solid win over the Spurs last night. The Raptors have the advantage of extra rest, but with the line so short, I'm sticking with the Grizzlies to maintain their momentum with a win and cover in a close one.

Peter’s Pick Memphis -1.5

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