LIVE: Memphis Grizzlies at Indiana Pacers
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Memphis Grizzlies at Indiana Pacers
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
It’s an interconference clash on the hardwood in the Hoosier State. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road as they make the trip to face the Indiana Pacers Monday night. Memphis comes in off a tough 109-108 home loss to the Lakers on Saturday night. Indiana picked up a 111-106 home victory over Orlando in their previous contest Saturday night. The Pacers lead the all-time regular season series 28-18: the teams split the two meetings last season with the Grizzlies taking a 106-103 home win in the most recent matchup on January 26, 2019.
Memphis Grizzlies Try to Snap Losing Skid at ThreeMemphis suffered their third straight loss as they ended up falling a point short at home against the Lakers. The Grizzlies enter this one tied for the basement of the Southwest Division, 5.5 games behind the Rockets for the top spot. Memphis led by 10 after the opening quarter and by as many as 15 in the first half. The Grizzlies still held a five-point lead with 3:24 to play but were outscored 9-3 down the stretch to take the tough loss. With a chance to win, Kyle Anderson turned the ball over on Memphis’ final possession. The Grizzlies shot 48.3 percent from the field, including 14 of 30 from three-point range, but turned the ball over 22 times in the contest. Ja Morant led Memphis with 26 points, six assists and five steals in the loss.
The Grizzlies are 17th in the league in scoring offense as they put up 108.9 points per game on the year. Memphis stands 19th in the league in rebounding with 45.3 boards a night while the team is third by dishing out 26.9 assists per contest. The Grizzlies are 27th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 117.8 points per game on the year. Ja Morant leads Memphis with 19.1 points plus six assists per game this season. Dillon Brooks puts up 13.6 points a night while Jonas Valanciunas contributes 11.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Brandon Clarke (12.4 points) and Jaren Jackson Jr. (14.4 points) are solid secondary options. Jae Crowder (10.6 points), Kyle Anderson and Tyus Jones are important rotation pieces for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are tied for 12th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 45.9 percent from the floor as a team this season. Memphis is tied for 20th in the league with 10.7 three-pointers a night while the team is tied for 18th in three-point shooting as they hit 34.9 percent from beyond the arc this season.
Indiana Pacers Seek Third Straight VictoryIndiana won their second straight and their sixth in the last eight games as they took down the Magic at home on Saturday night. The Pacers enter this one second in the Central Division, 3.5 games behind the Bucks for the top spot. Indiana was in a back and forth game but made the clutch plays in the waning seconds to earn the win. The Pacers were down one after the opening quarter, led by 10 at the half and trailed by two after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, the game was tied in the final 10 seconds when Aaron Holiday hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 8.7 seconds to play. The Pacers forced a turnover on the ensuing Magic possession and Justin Holiday knocked down two free throws with 3.6 seconds to play in order to seal the win. Indiana shot 54.4 percent from the field, including 10 of 24 from three-point range, and overcame 19 turnovers in the contest. Domantas Sabonis led the Pacers with 25 points and nine rebounds in the win.
The Pacers enter this contest 21st in scoring offense with 107.7 points per game on the season. Indiana is 11th in the league in rebounding with 46.3 boards per contest and stand 10th with 25.2 assists per game. The Pacers are 5th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 103.3 points per game this season. Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 19.2 points, 4.8 rebounds plus 8.2 assists per game this season. Domantas Sabonis (19.1 points, 13.4 rebounds), Myles Turner (13.4 points, seven rebounds, 2.1 blocks), T.J. Warren (16.5 points) and Jeremy Lamb (16.5 points) are all contributing on the offensive end. The Pacers still miss Victor Oladipo, who is on the comeback trail after last season’s knee injury: he took place in a full scrimmage late last week. Lamb returned Saturday after missing seven straight games with a back injury while Brogdon is due to return after missing three games with back spasms. Indiana is 10th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 46.2 percent from the field this season. The Pacers are 29th in threes made per game as they have drained 9.1 triples a night while the team stands tied for 20th in three-point shooting by hitting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Memphis has struggled of late with three straight defeats and they have to try and get back on track here. The Grizzlies are on the road and they’ve had their struggles away from the FedExForum this season. Memphis is 2-3 on the road this season while Indiana is 6-2 at home on the year. Indiana gets Brogdon back for this contest and having him along with Lamb back bolsters the rotation for the Pacers. It also gives them back two of their double-digit scoring options to work with offensively. Give Indiana the upper hand in this contest.
Memphis has been bad defensively regardless of venue this season. Their offense tapers off badly on the road however, which is a cause for concern here. The Grizzlies put up an average of 112.4 points per game at the FedExForum this season but their production drops to just 102 points a game as the visiting team. Indiana has been stingy defensively at home this season, holding opponents to just 101.8 points per game thus far. The Pacers get a couple key pieces back for this game: will Memphis be able to slow Indiana down here?
The under is 14-3 in the Grizzlies’ last 17 Monday games, 4-1 in their last 5 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game and 20-6 in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. Indiana has seen the under go 4-0 in their last 4 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game, 9-2 in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 4-1 in their last five overall. It’s tough to have faith in Memphis on either end of the floor: while the Pacers should get their points, it’s tough to see the Grizzlies doing a ton offensively. This one falls short of the mark.