Jazz vs Grizzlies – NBA Pick for March 9th

by Taylor Smith
on March 9, 2018
Utah Jazz (-470)
Memphis Grizzlies (+335)
Total: 198
All odds referenced in this article were taken from Bovada at 11am on March 9, 2018. Odds may have changed since the time of this writing.

There have been some massive totals this week. We haven’t seen one higher than Clippers-Pelicans at 237 earlier this week, but this marks the fourth day in a row we’ve had at least one game with an implied total of 230, and there are 2 tonight. Both Clippers-Cavs and Lakers-Nuggets have a total of exactly 230 at the time of this writing.

Tonight’s Jazz-Grizzlies matchup is on the opposite end of the spectrum altogether. The total for this slugfest comes in at just 198, which means we’re likely in for a grotesque display of something resembling basketball. Nobody wants to watch a defensive struggle, but that’s what this game is shaping up to be.

The Grizzlies have been an abject disaster this season. Literally every player on the roster has spent time injured at some point, and they also fired head coach David Fizdale way back when. They have a near full roster of guys listed on the injury report day-in and day-out. It might be time for a new training staff, Grizzlies.

Here’s who’s on the injury report tonight:

  • Chandler Parsons (rest) OUT
  • Tyreke Evans (rib) OUT
  • Jarell Martin (knee) QUESTIONABLE
  • Mike Conley (heel) OUT

The list is actually shorter than it’s been in recent days, but they’re still without a few rotation pieces. Marc Gasol has stepped his play up of late, but it doesn’t really matter. This team is just miserable. Memphis is 18-46 on the season, and they enter tonight’s game on a 15-game losing streak. Everyone’s talking about the Rockets and their 17-game winning streak, but we’ve got quite the epic tank job going unnoticed over here in Memphis.

During the skid, the Grizzlies have lost to fellow tankers like the Bulls, Suns, Magic and Hawks. Their last win came in January. I’m almost laughing at how unbelievably futile they’ve been.

Meanwhile, the Jazz are on fire. They went into Indiana and slapped the Pacers around the other night to the tune of a 104-84 final. Utah is only 35-30 on the year, but they have won 4 straight and 18 of their last 20 overall. They’re still on the outside looking in on the playoff picture, but that could change at any moment with how tightly-packed the Western Conference is.

These 2 teams met last month in Memphis, and the Jazz managed to come away with a rather close 92-88 win. Rodney Hood was still in Utah at that point, and we now know he’s plying his craft for the Cavaliers. Hood’s departure hasn’t hampered Utah’s efforts at all, as he’s been replaced by the rejuvenated Jae Crowder.

The Jazz still run things through Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Mitchell handles the offensive side of things, while Gobert is the anchor to what may be the league’s best defense at full strength. Gobert held Gasol to just 7-20 shooting from the field in their last meeting.

This spread just looks too low. 9 points is a big number for a road team, but the Grizzlies are just getting shamefully blasted on a nightly basis at this point. The Jazz are clearly motivated and playing well, so it’s hard to see how this game stays competitive.

I am siding with the Jazz -9 here.

Pick: Jazz -9

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