In the NBA, there are game you really want to watch and there are games you really want to bet on. Memphis vs Orlando falls squarely into that second category.
The 7:00 p.m. tip off on Friday, March 22 from Amway Center figures to be a dog of a game as the sputtering Grizzlies lock horns with the maddeningly mediocre Magic. If you have children at home, you may want to cover their eyes if you insist on watching this one from start to finish.
The Magic opened as 6.5-point favorites for this match up, with a modest over/under total of 209. Memphis is 33-38-0 against the spread this season and 31-40-0. Orlando, on the other hand , is 38-33-1 ATS and 30-42-0 over/under.
Orlando’ problem has been on offense, as the Magic haven’t been able to hit the broadside of a barn.They’re averaging 105.9 points per game on 42.0% shooting from the field and 35.0% from behind the three-point line. . Orlando ranks 20th in field goal percentage and 20th in three-point percentage in the NBA. The meagre offense they have received has come largely from Nikola Vucevic, who is tops on the Magic with 20.6 points per game on 50.0% shooting, and Aaron Gordon, who is contributing 16.1 points per game.
Memphis has also been struggling to score. The team’s 27th ranked offense is averaging 102.5 points and the Grizzlies are 29th in rebounds and 20th in assists. One of their few bright spots has been Mike Conley, who is leading the team with 20.9 points per contest on 42.0% shooting.
Memphis will have to hope its defense can make up for its offenive shortcomings. The Grizzlies rank second in points allowed at 104.9 points per game, and are allowing opposing teams to shoot 223.0% from the field and 36.0% from deep. Memphis forces 16 turnovers per game and is 29th in the league in total rebounds.
The Magic, meanwhile, have been truly fearsome on defense. They rank fourth in points allowed at 106.1 points per game, and are limiting opposing teams to 45.0% from the field and 35.0% from downtown. Orlando grits out 13.0 turnovers per game and is 15th in the league in rebounding.
Add it all up and you’ve got a team that can thrive even when its offense isn’t clicking. And that’s a good thing, since their offense rarely is.
Still with us? You won’t be after the first 12 minutes of the game. Make your wager now and spend your time watching a better game while this one unfolds..