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NBA Betting Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns 1/7/2024

Memphis Grizzlies (11-23) vs. Phoenix Suns (18-16)

On January 7, 2024, Memphis Grizzlies will face Phoenix Suns for a matchup at Footprint Center. Memphis currently stands with an 11-23 record while Phoenix boasts 18-16 success with this 8:00 PM ET game being broadcast by AZFamily and drawing considerable interest among basketball enthusiasts as well as those looking for favorable odds from top sportsbooks.

The Memphis Grizzlies currently display a worrying trend in their gameplay. Averaging 106.9 points per game with a field goal percentage of 43.7% and three-point shooting below the league average at 33.3%, their offensive efficiency lags significantly. Defensively they average 42 rebounds per game while being reasonably effective with 7.4 steals and 6.4 blocks; however their high turnover rate of 13.7 per game and significant foul trouble (20.6 fouls per game are areas they need to address immediately.

Contrarily, the Suns have fared significantly better. Averaging 115.4 points per game on 48% field goal shooting and 37.5% three-point accuracy make them an excellent offensive force; their four3.5 rebounds per game allow them to defend effectively; their turnover rate of 14.2 is slightly better than that of Memphis; additionally their higher free-throw percentage (82.4%) could prove decisive if any game ends close.


Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns Game Info

When: Sunday, January 7, 2024 at 8:00 PM ET
Where: Footprint Center
TV: AZFamily
Stream: NBA League Pass


Ja Morant (PG) vs. Devin Booker (SG)

Ja Morant is one of the most athletic and explosive guards in the NBA when at full strength. However, he has struggled to stay on the court this season. Over just 8 appearances, Morant is averaging 25.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. The Grizzlies’ offense and transition attack clearly suffers when Morant is not suiting up. His questionable status makes him tough to rely on from a betting perspective Sunday night.

Meanwhile, Suns shooting guard Devin Booker seems to get better every year. Booker is scoring a career-high 26.7 points per game this season on strong 47.8% shooting overall. The 3-time All-Star has topped 25+ points in seven straight contests entering this matchup. His scoring prowess gives Phoenix a distinct matchup advantage in the backcourt. If Morant sits, Booker could erupt Sunday night.

With Morant’s status up in the air, Booker seems poised to dominate this showdown between All-Star guards. Even if Morant somehow guts it out, expect Booker and the Suns to exploit Memphis’s 27th ranked defense.


NBA Odds/Point Spread: TBD, Total Odds: TBD

The betting odds are still to be announced, but they will significantly influence predictions and betting strategies. Insights based on these odds will be essential for bettors.


Memphis Grizzlies Betting Trends

The Grizzlies have been terrible against the spread (ATS) lately, failing to cover in five straight contests. Memphis is also just 1-4 straight up over its last five games. However, the Grizzlies have performed reasonably well as road underdogs this year, covering the spread in 9 of their 17 away matchups. If Ja Morant sits again, taking the points with Memphis could make sense from a betting perspective.


Phoenix Suns Betting Trends

The Suns have covered the spread in just two of their last five matchups but they ride a four-game straight up winning streak into Sunday night. Phoenix has also been strong at home this season, posting a 13-7 record while also covering the spread in 13 of those 20 contests. The Suns have seen the OVER cash in four of their last five outings. With two efficient scoring teams battling Sunday, the OVER looks like a strong play.


Memphis Grizzlies vs. Phoenix Suns 1/7/24 Betting Picks

Given the contrasting forms and strengths of both teams, the Suns appear to be the safer bet, especially considering their stronger offensive statistics and home advantage. The Grizzlies’ recent struggles, particularly against the spread, make them a risky choice. The Suns’ offensive efficiency and home-court advantage should help them secure a victory in what promises to be an exciting game.

When selecting the better team for this matchup, the Suns’ consistent scoring and better overall performance give them the edge. Prop bets on individual player performances, especially on Booker, could be lucrative. The over/under should be considered with the Suns’ tendency for high-scoring games in mind. For those seeking free basketball picks, keep an eye on the final odds and consider both teams’ recent performances. 


Free Pick and Prediction: Phoenix Suns 112, Memphis Grizzlies 105

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