Pacers vs Grizzlies Prediction, Picks & Player Props: Will Memphis end its skid at home?
After a winless five-game road trip, the Memphis Grizzlies are back home to close out January and open February, and the opposition couldn’t be much more favorable for a team in need of a streak-busting win, with the Indiana Pacers in town tonight and the Portland Trail Blazers visiting FedExForum on Wednesday.
First up, the Grizzlies (31-18, 20-3 home, 2nd in the Western Conference) will match up with the Pacers (24-27, 8-17 away, 9th in the Eastern Conference) today at 6:00 pm ET (5:00 pm CT).
Both Indiana and Portland have lost eight straight road games, so these next two games are games that Memphis will be expected to win and win comfortably.
Will they dispatch their visitors with ease this evening? Read on for our Pacers vs Grizzlies prediction, as well as our spread, total, and player prop picks for the Indiana vs Memphis matchup.
Indiana Pacers vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds
Odds are via Caesars Sportsbook as of Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 11:38 am ET. This article may also include odds from our other recommended legal sports betting sites.
- Indiana Pacers +8.5 (-110)
- Memphis Grizzlies -8.5 (-110)
- Over 241.5 (-110)
- Under 241.5 (-110)
- Indiana Pacers +278
- Memphis Grizzlies -355
Pitiful Pacers Set to Struggle Again on the Road
Much has been made of the Grizzlies’ confidence about their status in the Western Conference, but their 0-fer on the road against the Lakers, Suns, Kings, Warriors, and Timberwolves understandably elicited more than a few mocking comments on social media.
Fortunately, they are now back home and facing a team that’s in even more of a rut than they are. Indiana’s struggles without Tyrese Haliburton continued on Friday night with a 141-131 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Pacers did quite well to trim a 33-point deficit to just seven, but it was yet another abject defensive showing, as they have given up at least 126 points in six of their last eight games.
Indiana very nearly managed to cover against Milwaukee, but in the end, they dropped to 1-8 SU and 2-7 ATS in this current nine-game stretch without Haliburton.
In this nine-game stretch, the Pacers are 0-5 SU and ATS on the road, and since a 111-108 win at Miami on December 23, Indiana is 1-7 ATS in their eight-game road losing streak.
Those numbers should be music to Memphis’s ears, especially given how outstanding the Grizzlies have been at home this season. In addition to their 20-3 SU home record, the Grizzlies are 14-8-1 ATS at home.
Indiana Pacers vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction and Picks
Pacers vs Grizzlies Prediction: Grizzlies to win
Pacers vs Grizzlies Picks: Grizzlies -8.5 (Best Value: Caesars Sportsbook & BetMGM) & Grizzlies team total over 125.5 (Best Value: FanDuel)
When Indiana and Memphis met in Indianapolis on January 14, the Grizzlies rolled 130-112, covering the spread as a 7.5-point favorite.
Look for a similar result tonight at FedExForum, where the Grizzlies have won a dozen games by double digits thus far this season and have scored more than 125 points seven times.
Indiana Pacers vs Memphis Grizzlies Player Props
- Ja Morant over 9.5 assists (Best Value: BetRivers)
In the first meeting against the Pacers, Morant had 23 points and 10 assists in just 25 minutes, and he comes into this matchup with back-to-back double-digit assist games.
This isn’t available for great odds anywhere, and there’s a chance it could move to 10.5 before gametime. So, the sooner you grab it, the better.
That said, I still like it even at the available prices and even if it moves to 10.5 and given that he dropped ten times in a little over half of the game last time against Indiana, there’s some comfort in knowing that he won’t necessarily need to log heavy minutes for this bet to cash.