Free NBA Picks Today: Memphis Grizzlies vs Cleveland Cavaliers 1/18/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Memphis Grizzlies vs Cleveland Cavaliers 1/18/23
Wed 18th January 2023

The Memphis Grizzlies (30-13, 19-3 Home) host the Cleveland Cavaliers (28-17, 9-13 Away) Wednesday in what may turn out to be a low-scoring game. Cleveland topped the New Orleans Pelicans 113-103 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Monday. Darius Garland was the top scorer with 30 points. Jarrett Allen added 24 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.

The Cavaliers are fifth in the Eastern Conference. Memphis won their 10th in a row in dominating fashion on Monday at FedExForum, beating the Phoenix Suns 136-106. Ja Morant topped the scoresheet with 29 points. With 28 points and six assists, Desmond Bane also impressed.

The Grizzlies are zero games back in the Western Conference, currently sitting in second. The teams are meeting for the first time this season. Memphis won both games between the teams last season, the last of which was a 110-106 triumph at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in January 2022, their third straight head-to-head victory.

Morant led the Grizzlies with 26 points and six assists. Garland had 27 points in defeat.Donovan Mitchell is averaging 28.4 points per game, eighth-highest in the NBA, to lead the Cavs in scoring this season. Meanwhile, Garland is dishing 7.8 assists per game, seventh-most in the NBA, and Allen is grabbing 9.8 rebounds per game.

Morant’s 27.5 points per game have powered the Grizzlies on offense. He ranks as the 10th-highest scorer in the NBA. Morant also has doled out 7.9 assists per game, fifth-most in the NBA. Steven Adams has collected 11.3 rebounds per game.

The Grizzlies and the Cavaliers are the top two defenses in the league, ranking first and second in defensive efficiency, respectively. The Grizzlies have found success in the Cavaliers’ last 10 trips to FedExForum, winning six.

Memphis has won six straight at home this season.Cleveland is 6-4 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +1.2 (113.2-112.0). Memphis has won each of the last 10, scoring 125.2 points per game on average while holding opponents to 111.5 (+13.7 margin). The Grizzlies are averaging 117.6 ppg for the full season while allowing 111.6.


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Cedi Osman: 3.0 | 13.0 | -10.0


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Tyus Jones: 23.8 | 18.0 | +5.8
Points per game:
Tyus Jones: 15.8 | 10.8 | +5.0
Dillon Brooks: 11.5 | 16.5 | -5.0
Rebounds per game:
Jaren Jackson Jr.: 8.8 | 6.8 | +2.0
Ja Morant: 3.3 | 5.7 | -2.4

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Memphis Grizzlies -7.5 (-110)

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