The Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies met three times this season, with the Jazz winning all three matchups. Utah, the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, has dominated the series in the last two campaigns, riding a six-game winning streak overall. Coming off a pair of play-in victories, the eighth-seeded Grizzlies will look to beat the Jazz for the first time since Nov. 15, 2019 when Utah and Memphis open a best-of-seven series in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Tip-off is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at Vivent Arena in Utah. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Jazz as nine-point favorites, while the over-under for total points scored is 217.5 in the latest Jazz vs. Grizzlies odds. Before you make any Grizzlies vs. Jazz picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Grizzlies vs. Jazz spread: Jazz -9
- Grizzlies vs. Jazz over-under: 217.5 points
- Grizzlies vs. Jazz money line: Utah -430, Memphis +350
- MEM: The Grizzlies are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games
- UTA: The Jazz have won 17 of their last 20 games at home
Why the Jazz can cover
The Jazz enter the NBA Playoffs full of confidence. That's because Utah has won 17 of its last 20 games at home, and the Jazz were victorious in seven of their final nine regular season contests. The Jazz have been securing those positive results despite missing their leading scorer Donovan Mitchell. Utah's All-Star guard has not played since mid April due to a sprained right ankle, and he'll miss Sunday's matchup against the Grizzlies.
Guard Jordan Clarkson has been picking up the slack in the absence of Mitchell, averaging 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Clarkson has also been sensational against the Grizzlies this season, averaging 22.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in the three meetings with Memphis. Rudy Gobert has been playing well down the stretch for Utah, recording a double-double in each of his last five games.
Why the Grizzlies can cover
The Grizzlies are the youngest team to make the NBA Playoffs in 10 years at an average age of 24.8, yet they showed considerable mettle in beating the Golden State Warriors on the road in overtime on Friday. Ja Morant hit two clutch floaters in the final minute of overtime to ensure the Grizzlies would nail down the No. 8 seed in the West. He scored 35 points, making 14-of-29 shots from the field and sank 5-of-10 3-point attempts. Morant has scored 30-plus points twice against Utah this season.
Dillon Brooks led all scorers with 24 points against San Antonio, and had 14 vs. Golden State. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 23 points and 23 rebounds vs. the Spurs, and had 12 boards on Friday. His 12.5 rebounds per game during the regular season set a new career high and was a team record. The Grizzlies led the NBA in points in the paint per game (55.8) during the regular season.
How to make Jazz vs. Grizzlies picks
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