Free NBA Picks Today: Memphis Grizzlies vs Sacramento Kings 1/1/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Memphis Grizzlies vs Sacramento Kings 1/1/23
Sun 1st January 2023

The Memphis Grizzlies (22-13, 14-3 Home) will try to slow down one of the NBA’s top scoring teams when they welcome the Sacramento Kings (19-15, 8-8 Away) on Sunday. Sacramento edged past the Utah Jazz 126-125 at Golden 1 Center on Friday. Kevin Huerter was the leading scorer with 30 points.

Domantas Sabonis chipped in with 28 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. The Kings are fifth in the Western Conference. Memphis is playing the second of a back-to-back after triumphing yesterday at FedExForum, beating the New Orleans Pelicans 116-101. Ja Morant had 32 points and eight assists, leading the team.

The Grizzlies are trailing the New Orleans Pelicans by one game in the Western Conference, currently sitting in third. The teams are meeting for the last time this season. Sacramento and Memphis have split their two matchups this season.

The Kings got the win in the most recent meeting, beating the Grizzlies 113-109 at FedExForum in November 2022. De’Aaron Fox led the Kings with 32 points, eight rebounds, and six assists. Morant had 34 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in the losing effort.

Fox is averaging 23.6 points per game to lead the Kings in scoring this season. Meanwhile, Sabonis is contributing 12.3 rebounds, most in the league, and 6.7 assists per game. Morant (27.0 ppg) has powered the Grizzlies’ offense.

Morant also has distributed 8.1 assists per game, fifth-most in the NBA. Steven Adams has pulled down 10.8 rebounds per game.The Kings rank as one of the highest-scoring offenses in the NBA, second-best with 118.3 points per game.

The Grizzlies have had the advantage in the last 10 meetings between the teams at FedExForum, winning six. Meanwhile, the Grizzlies are 1-2 when playing on consecutive nights this season, all of which have been against rested opponents.

The Kings are 0-3 with a rest advantage.In the last 10 games, Sacramento is 5-5 with an average margin of -3.4 (117.1-120.5). Memphis has a 6-4 record over the last 10, scoring 116.1 points per game on average while holding opponents to 108.2 (+7.9 margin).

KINGS HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Terence Davis: 3.5 | 10.8 | -7.3
Rebounds per game:
De’Aaron Fox: 3.4 | 4.7 | -1.3
Assists per game:
Domantas Sabonis: 8.8 | 6.7 | +2.0

GRIZZLIES HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Desmond Bane: 20.0 | 30.1 | -10.1
Points per game:
Desmond Bane: 14.8 | 21.8 | -7.0
Rebounds per game:
Steven Adams: 14.4 | 10.8 | +3.6
Ja Morant: 4.4 | 6.1 | -1.7

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Memphis Grizzlies (-175)

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