Memphis Looking To Stay Hot
The Memphis Grizzlies have won their last four games and by pretty solid margins. Each of those games has seen the Grizzlies win by at least 10 points, which is an interesting note to keep in mind if you’re looking at Wednesday’s NBA betting odds, where they’re favored by six.
Orlando just snapped a three-game losing streak by taking down the Oklahoma City Thunder by 11 points on Wednesday. Can they stay competitive in this spot or at least cover the spread for those who bet online?
Let’s check the latest NBA odds, stats, injury report and NBA lines for Grizzlies vs Magic. We’ve plenty of NBA betting odds for you to consider.
Grizzlies Playing Great Team Basketball
The Grizzlies are playing great team basketball right now, with a number of contributors laying the foundation. Ja Morant is continuing to build off his excellent 2021 campaign by averaging 27.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per game.
Desmond Bane has been a wonderful counterpart to him in the backcourt, averaging 21.6 points per game. Other guys like Steven Adams, Jaren Jackson Jr, and Tyus Jones all contribute and play their roles.
One of the main reasons this team is at the top of the Western Conference is their defense. They lead the league in opponent field goal percentage. They also don’t give up many freebies, as they average the fifth-fewest fouls.
Orlando’s offense will face a bit of a grind on Thursday to get the job done.
Magic Slowly Improving
Orlando wasn’t expected to compete for a playoff spot this season, but that doesn’t mean they can’t improve from where they were a season ago. This group started the year 5-20 but is now looking at a 14-24 record.
They have been playing better of late as these young guns are starting to trust one another and play their role. However, injuries are starting to hold them back a little bit coming into this matchup with Memphis.
Jalen Suggs and Bol Bol, two important role players for this squad, are both questionable to hit the floor. If neither can get going, look for rookie standout Paolo Banchero to carry even more of the offensive workload.
Banchero has been a very underrated rookie this season, as he is averaging 21.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game. He’s the best scorer on this Magic team and often times he’s the primary ball handler on the floor.
Grizzlies vs Magic Game Injuries
Grizzlies vs Magic Head-to-Head
Memphis won both matchups against the Magic a season ago, splitting their preseason matches in Oct., with the home team winning in both games.
Grizzlies vs Magic Game Information
- Game: Grizzlies (24-13) vs Magic (14-24)
- Location: Amway Center, Orlando, FL
- Day/Time: Thursday, Jan. 5, 7:00 p.m. ET
- Grizzlies vs MagicLive Stream: NBA Game Pass
Grizzlies vs Magic Betting Lines
Grizzlies vs Magic Picks & Prediction
The Grizzlies are listed as six-point favorites in the sportsbook, which makes sense considering that they’ve beaten their last four by over double digits.
Keep in mind that the Magic are 10-11 at home this season, which isn’t bad when you consider they’re 4-13 on the road.
The Magic is an intriguing pick here – especially if Bol Bol and Suggs can play. The Grizzlies are just 9-10 on the road and played last night, so fatigue could factor in. Take the points with the Magic for your NBA picks.
Memphis is listed at -260 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Grizzlies, you have a chance to win $38. Orlando is +210, offering a chance to win $210 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Grizzlies a 72.22% chance to win, with the Magic at 32.26%.