Grizzlies vs Pelicans Head to Head Matchup: New Orleans Looking for Win at Home

Grizzlies Have Won Last Three Against Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans welcome the Memphis Grizzlies into Smoothie King Center on Tuesday after coming off a 119-106 win against the Houston Rockets in which they covered as 10.5-point favorites. The win pushed the Pelicans to 7-6 on the season and 3-2 at home. However, they are just 2-3 in their last five games with losses to the Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, and the Atlanta Hawks.

Pelicans Need Statement Game

Their only other win in that timeframe came in Chicago against the Bulls. The Grizzlies on the other hand are 3-2 in their last five games and are coming off a road loss to the Washington Wizards. They also have a recent three-point loss to the Boston Celtics but recorded wins against the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, and Washington Wizards.

The Grizzlies vs Pelicans head to head matchup on Tuesday opened at -1 in favor of the home team but has since moved to -3.5. The movement has pushed New Orleans to -150 on the moneyline while the Grizzlies are +130. The change in the spread is likely due to a few players on the injury report, which we’ll get to in a moment. The total for this game opened at 221 and has jumped to 229, which we agree with.

Game Information

Memphis Grizzlies (9-5) at
New Orleans Pelicans (7-6)

Date, time (TV):
Location: Smoothie King Center


No Place Like the Friendly Confines

New Orleans enters Tuesday’s game against the Grizzlies with a few advantages that have us leaning toward them as the 3.5-point favorites. This is the Pelicans third-straight home game, so they haven’t had to deal with any travel as of late and have a rest advantage over Memphis.

They have also lost their last three games against the Grizzlies in blow-out fashion so this is a good revenge spot for them against a Grizzlies team that might have a few players on the NBA injury report. While Desmond Bane is currently questionable to play tonight with injury, Jaren Jackson Jr. could come off the injury report for the Grizzlies and make his season debut.

On the other hand, getting Jackson Jr. back shouldn’t be a huge concern for the Pelicans

Not having Bane available would be a huge blow to Memphis because he is an NBA player that can hit threes and stretch the floor which is what makes the Grizzlies offense so effective and allows Ja Morant to drive to the basket and get inside the lane. On the other hand, getting Jackson Jr. back shouldn’t be a huge concern for the Pelicans because he’ll likely play limited minutes and you can expect a player to be a bit rusty in their first game of the season.

Our Grizzlies vs Pelicans head to head NBA betting pick is in favor of the Pelicans partly because of their depth. New Orleans has shown in this early part of the season that they are a team that can rely heavily on their bench and role players.

They have six NBA players scoring in double-figures while both Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram are averaging 20 or more points per game.

Strike While Iron is Hot

Memphis is also just 1-5 against the spread in their last six games against the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. However, a word of caution is not to put too much steak into these types of trends because for every trend you find in favor of a team, there’s usually a trend that can contradict it.

Case in point, the Pelicans are 0-5 against the spread in their last five games following a win. And they won their last game. Still, our Grizzlies vs Pelicans head to head prediction tells us to lay the points with the home team.

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