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Suns vs Grizzlies Picks & Odds (Jan. 16)

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NBA Basketball

Updated Jan 15, 2023 · 9:15 PM PST

Ja Morant making a basket
Jan 14, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (12) shoots the ball while Indiana Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin (00) defends in the second half at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
  • The Memphis Grizzlies are 10.5-point home court favorites over the Phoenix Suns in an NBA game scheduled for Monday, January 16
  • Memphis is 3-1 straight up in the past four meetings between the two teams
  • That includes two straight wins by the Grizzlies at Phoenix

Oddsmakers are anticipating that the Memphis Grizzlies (29-13, 21-19-2 ATS) will be rising to overcome the Phoenix Suns (21-23, 22-22 ATS) in their NBA game on Monday; Memphis is a 10.5-point home favorite.

Recent history, is showing that there’s good reason for that optimism. The Grizzlies are 3-1 straight up in the past four games against the Suns. On the other hand, Phoenix is 3-1 SU the last four times the two teams have clashed in Memphis.

At the moment, the Grizzlies are carrying the hot hand at home. Memphis has won five games in a row on home court. The Grizzlies are a solid 13-7-1 (65%) against the spread at home this season.

Suns vs Grizzlies Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Phoenix Suns +10.5 (-110) +400 O 232 (-110)
Memphis Grizzlies -10.5 (-110) -555 U 232 (-110)

Odds as of January 15 at BetMGM Sportsbook. Claim the BetMGM Sportsbook promo code to bet on the NBA.

The Grizzlies opened up as 12.5-point favorites in the NBA odds. Currently, the total is off the board.

This game is being broadcast by TNT in the USA and NBA League Pass in Canada. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:00pm ET at FedEx Forum.


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At +850, the Grizzlies are the fifth betting choice in the NBA championship odds. The Suns are given +100 odds of participating in an NBA play-in game.

Suns vs Grizzlies Betting Trends

Despite the large spread on this game, the public is solidly behind the favored Grizzlies. Both moneyline and spread public splits are showing 57% of bets are with Memphis.

The Grizzlies are 11-6-1 ATS (61.1%) as a home favorite this season. Phoenix is 7-5-0 ATS (58.3%) as an away underdog.

Phoenix vs Memphis Injury Report

The Suns are missing four players, including two who they’d normally be suiting up in the NBA starting lineups. PG Devin Booker is out with a groin injury. SG Chris Paul is day to day due to a hip ailment. Phoenix is also without PF Cameron Johnson (knee) and SG Landry Shamet (hip).

For the Grizzlies, they’re without SF Dillon Brooks (ankle), SG Danny Green (knee) and SG John Konchar (illness). Brooks has started 38 games this season and is averaging 16.7 ppg.

Grizzlies Are Chairmen of the Boards

Memphis is the NBA’s top rebounding team. The Grizzlies are pulling down 49.4 boards per games. Cleaning the glass has proven to be a team effort. Center Steven Adams leads the way with 11.4 rebounds per game. That’s good for fourth overall in the league. However, six other players are grabbing on average at least five rebounds each game night.

PG Ja Morant, a contender in the NBA MVP odds, is 11th in the NBA in scoring, putting back 27.4 points per game. He’s also fifth in the league with 7.4 assists per game.

Suns Down to Backups in Key Roles

Potentially missing their starting backcourt, this figures to be a rough night for the Suns. Booker (27.1 ppg) is the club’s leading scorer. Paul (8.3 app) is their top distributor of the basketball. Johnson (12.3 ppg) and Shamet (9.6 ppg) are both key contributors off the bench.

So depleted is the club in the backcourt, Phoenix is resorting to starting a one-guard lineup. That would be SG Duane Washington Jr. He scored 26 points when the Suns beat the Grizzlies 125-108 on Dec. 27 in the most recent meeting between these two teams.

Phoenix vs Memphis Prediction

The Suns are 3-11 SU since Booker went out of the lineup. Phoenix is 1-8 SU and 3-6 ATS over the past nine games. This is the second time in three games that the Suns are double-digit underdogs. They failed to cover as 14.5-point underdogs in a 126-97 loss to Denver on January 11. That was the first Phoenix game with the Suns as 10+ point dogs since February 13, 2020. They lost 125-100 that night as 13-point underdogs to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Memphis has won nine in a row and is 9-1 SU in the last 10 games. The Grizzlies are outscoring the opposition 122.4-113.4 over that span, an average margin of nine points per game. They are 6-3 ATS during their nine-game win streak.

Pick: Memphis Grizzlies -10.5 (-110)


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