Free NBA Picks Today: Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies 12/23/22

Free NBA Picks Today: Phoenix Suns vs Memphis Grizzlies 12/23/22
Fri 23rd December 2022

The Phoenix Suns (19-13, 14-4 Home) and their powerful offense welcome the Memphis Grizzlies (19-11, 6-9 Away) and their suffocating defense on Friday. Memphis dropped their last game against the Denver Nuggets 105-91 at Ball Arena on Tuesday.

With 35 points and 10 assists, Ja Morant led the way in the losing effort. The Grizzlies are the second seed in the Western Conference, zero games behind the Memphis Grizzlies.

Phoenix lost a close one on Tuesday at Footprint Center, falling to the Washington Wizards 113-110. Landry Shamet had 31 points in the loss to lead the team. The Suns are trailing the Grizzlies by one game in the Western Conference, currently sitting in fourth.

The teams are meeting for the first time this season. Memphis won two out of three games between the teams last season, including a 122-114 triumph in their last meeting at FedExForum on April 1. Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 30 points and seven assists.

Devin Booker had 41 points in the losing effort. Morant is averaging 27.0 points per game to lead the Grizzlies in scoring this season. Morant also has dished 7.8 assists per game, sixth-most in the NBA. Meanwhile, Steven Adams is grabbing 10.2 rebounds.

Booker (28.0 ppg) has been the primary provider for the Suns on offense. He has the eighth-best scoring average in the NBA. Booker also has doled out 5.8 assists per game. Deandre Ayton has collected 9.3 rebounds per game.

The Suns rank second in the league in offensive efficiency, while the Grizzlies are fifth in defensive efficiency. The Grizzlies have had the advantage in the last 10 trips to Footprint Center, winning six.

In the last 10 games, Memphis is 7-3 with an average margin of +9.6 (114.8-105.2). For the season, the Grizzlies are averaging 115.4 points per game, compared to 111.2 for opponents. Phoenix has gone 4-6 over the last 10, scoring 114.9 points per game on average while allowing 114.4 (+0.5 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Tyus Jones: 13.6 | 10.7 | +2.9
Ja Morant: 20.3 | 27.0 | -6.8


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Landry Shamet: 19.0 | 11.1 | +7.9
Cameron Payne: 10.0 | 20.4 | -10.4
Points per game:
Devin Booker: 36.0 | 28.0 | +8.0
Cameron Payne: 9.0 | 12.7 | -3.7
Rebounds per game:
Torrey Craig: 7.0 | 5.3 | +1.7
Mikal Bridges: 3.2 | 4.8 | -1.6

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Memphis Grizzlies (-140)

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