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#531 New Orleans Pelicans vs.
#532 Memphis Grizzlies
Friday, November 25, 2022 at 8:10pm EST
FedEx Forum, Memphis
Written by Dave Kovaleski

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The New Orleans Pelicans travel to Memphis to take on their Southwest Division rival the Memphis Grizzlies. The Pelicans lead the division at 11-7 while the Grizzlies are 10-8. The Pelicans beat the Grizzlies back on Nov. 15 in New Orleans. The Grizzlies took 3 of 4 from New Orleans last season.

Pelicans top Spurs

The New Orleans Pelicans have been rolling along in the 2022-23 campaign. On Wednesday night, they took on the San Antonio Spurs and walked away with a 129-110 win. It was their fifth win in their last six games. They are now 11-7 and lead the Southwest Division by a game over Memphis. Zion Williamson led the Pelicans with 32 points and 11 rebounds while Jonas Valunciunas added 22 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Devonte Graham added 21 points with 6 threes while Brandon Ingram had 17 points and 10 assists.

On Monday, the Pelicans blew out the Warriors at home by the score of 128-93. They are the third highest scoring team in the NBA with 117.6 points per game. The rank fourth in field goal percentage and 4th in 3 point shooting percentage. Defensively, they give up 110.6 points per game, which is 11th best in the league. Zion Williamson leads the team averaging 23.1 points per game while Ingram averages 22.7 points per game. CJ McCollum chips in with 18.7 points per game with 6.7 assists per game while Valunciunas averages 13.7 ppg and a team high 9.3 rebounds per contest.

Grizzlies drop second straight

The Memphis Grizzlies are off to a 10-8 start this year. They are right in the thick of things in the Western Conference, jockeying for position with Dallas and New Orleans for the top spot. However, the Grizzlies have hit a bit of a rough patch, losing two in a row and four of their last five games. They are coming off a 113-109 loss to Sacramento on Tuesday night at home.  The good news was that the Grizzlies got Ja Morant back after he missed the previous game with an ankle injury.

Morant had a great game with 34 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals. Jaren Jackson contributed 22 points with 5 blocked shots, while Dillon Brooks added 14 points, 5 boards and 5 assists. Steven Adams was big on the boards with 16 rebounds to go along with 5 points. But ultimately, the threes werenʻt falling for the Grizzlies as they went 8 for 30 from deep, a s7% clip. The Grizzlies rank 12th in scoring with 114.1 points per game and 17th in points allowed, giving up 113.9 per game.

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This will be a good one between two teams that will be battling all season for the Southwest Division. But the Grizzlies really miss Desmond Bane, who is out for a few weeks with an injury. The Grizzlies have lost four of the five games he has been out and the offense has struggled without his 24.7 points per game and scintillating three point shooting, as he shoots 45% from long range. In the last five games without Bane, the Grizzlies have averaged just 107.8 points per game, which is well below their 114.1 points per game season average. The defense misses him too, so I see the high scoring Pelicans taking advantage of his absence. Take New Orleans to cover.

Prediction: New Orleans to cover

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These two teams played last week and the Pelicans won in New Orleans by the score of 113-102. The Grizzlies were without Bane in this one and it showed as Morant had 36 points and Brooks added 19, but only three Grizzlies were in double figures. Meanwhile, the Pelicans played that game without Zion Williamson, their leading scorer, and they still won easily at home. Williamson is playing Friday and that should boost the scoring total for New Orleans so that it is closer to their season average, which is 117.6 points per game, third best in the league. Memphis will get more production off the bench and from role players playing at home, and that will push this over the number. Take the over here.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Dave Kovaleski , "Dave Kovaleski"

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