The NBA will present this elite Western Conference game! It’s time to continue our NBA odds series with a Grizzlies-Mavericks prediction and pick.
The Memphis Grizzlies have turned into contenders this season. They’re third in the West at 32-16 and don’t seem to be slowing down at all. As for the Mavericks, they’ve been playing really well lately. They’re 26-20, which is good for 5th in the West. This has the makings of a very intense match!
Here are the Grizzlies-Mavericks NBA odds, courtesy of FanDuel.
NBA Odds: Grizzlies-Mavericks Odds
Memphis Grizzlies: +4 (-110)
Dallas Mavericks: -4 (-110)
Over: 219 (-110)
Minus: 219 (-110)
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Why the Grizzlies could cover the spread
The Grizzlies will be in excellent position to cover that gap on the road. They are currently 15-7 in the FedEx Forum, which is the second-best record outside of the West. This stat is very important because winning on the road is crucial to winning in the playoffs. The fact that the Grizzlies are winning road games in this competitive conference is a good sign. They receive four points on the road in this one and they seem to be the better team at the moment. If they can stop Luka Doncic, there should be no reason why they can’t cover his spread.
It won’t be an easy game. Dallas is 20-11 against the West this year and beat the Grizzlies the last time they played. It’s already their fourth meeting of the season and the Mavs won 112-85 last time out. Doncic scored 27 points in the win, so that tells you that if they can contain him, they should be in a good position. Ja Morant and Desmond Bane are off to a fantastic start to the season, but they could be without defensive anchor Steven Adams in this game. If they don’t suit him, it will be a tough game to defend and cover.
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Why Mavericks Might Cover the Spread
The Mavs need to stick to the same game plan they had the last time they met the Grizzlies. They did everything right and if they keep that energy showing, they should cover that spread at home. Dallas is the home favorite, which is the right choice. They’ve been playing great lately and have beaten the West this season. The Mavs are 14-9 at home this year and 9-2 in the division. Even though Memphis is one of the best teams in the NBA right now, the Mavs know how to beat them.
If they want to cover that gap, they need to contain Ja Morant and try to win in the paint. Without Adams on the other side, the Mavs will have a better chance of controlling the pain and trying to score the majority of their points from there. Jaren Jackson Jr. is a long forward but he won’t be able to lock the paint on his own. They must also contain Dillon Brooks who is averaging 18.4 points per game.
Grizzlies-Mavericks final prediction and selection
Memphis is one of the best teams in the NBA to cover the spread. They are 31-17 while the Mavs are 23-22-1. It will make this pick even harder, but I’m going to go with the Mavs to cover that gap at home. The last time they met is a clear indication of what this game should look like. Take the Mavs and hope they dominate Morant and the Grizzlies again.
Final Grizzlies-Mavericks prediction and pick: Mavericks -4 (-110)