Grizzlies vs. Bucks NBA Odds and Preview – January 19th, 2022
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Grizzlies vs. Bucks Game Information
Injury Report Update:— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) January 18, 2022
Brook – Back Surgery
Jrue – Left Ankle Soreness
- When: Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 8:00 PM ET
- Where: Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, WI
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: ESPN Radio 92.9 FM (Grizzlies) / Newsradio 620 WTMJ (Bucks)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: Grizzlies (+6.5) / Bucks (-6.5)
Why Bet on the Memphis Grizzlies?
Offense is where the Grizzlies will make ground against the Bucks in this midweek matchup. The visitors enter with an imposing 111.8 points per game (fourth) average. Although there’s plenty of work to improve their 45.5% shooting (16th) percentage, we’ve seen the side do well on this end in recent weeks. Additionally, the Grizzlies excel in ball movement and average 25.2 assists (ninth) while averaging 55.7 points in the paint (first) per game.
Previewing the defense, Memphis allows 107.9 opponent points (14th) per game. We are seeing greater defense from the side on the shorter range. They now limit teams to 51.2% from the two-point range, which is the sixth-best in the league at the moment. To add more bite to their defensive antics, the Grizzlies top the league in total rebounds at 57.2 per game. They create plenty of second-chance points with 13.3 offensive rebounds (second) per game. On the defensive rebounding side, the team averages 35.0 (11th) per game.
Desmond Bane is the only starter to miss the game. He joins second-choice forward Kyle Anderson on the injury report. The rest of the starters are locked and loaded.
Why Bet on the Milwaukee Bucks?
We don’t expect the Bucks to have trouble matching the Grizzlies’ pace. The defending champions average 111.7 points (fifth) per game on 45.4% shooting (18th). They do plenty of damage from downtown where the team hits 36.2% of their three-point attempts (seventh). The Bucks also have a slightly better two-point shooting percentage at 52.7% (12th).
The Bucks will test how good the Grizzlies’ offense is in the paint. Their defense allows just 42.3 opponent points in the paint. This is the fifth-best record right now and will be one of the hosts’ focal points as they try to hold Memphis back. In addition, the side holds a 43.8% opponent shooting percentage (fourth). Rebounding won’t be a problem for the Bucks as well. They have the third-best total rebounds record right now at 55.0 per game. This comes for a league-high defensive rebounds average of 36.6 per game.
Jrue Holiday remains out after sustaining an ankle injury. George Hill takes over his position while the starting guard recovers.
Grizzlies vs. Bucks Betting Trends
- The Grizzlies are 2-3 in the last five regular-season road games against the Bucks (3-2 ATS).
- The Grizzlies are 5-0 in the last five regular-season road games (5-0 ATS).
- The totals went over in four of the Grizzlies’ last five regular-season games against the Bucks.
- The Bucks are 2-3 in the last five regular-season games at the Fiserv Forum (2-3 ATS).
- The Bucks are 3-2 in the last five regular-season games against the Grizzlies (2-3 ATS).
- The totals went under in three of the Bucks’ last five regular-season games against the Grizzlies.
Grizzlies vs. Bucks Expert Betting Prediction
The Grizzlies are one of the more exciting teams to watch as of late. Their youthful lineup combined with overflowing fighting spirit brings them well into the Western Conference top three teams. Although they enter the clash as the slight underdogs, the Bucks have to be on their toes from start to finish. Meanwhile, the defending champions have plenty of work to do despite holding onto the favorites card on Wednesday night. Having a home-court advantage alleviates some of the pressure, and this is a must-win if head coach Mike Budenholzer wants his squad to pick up the pace along the way.
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