Grizzlies Vs Raptors! Our Team Has You Covered with all the Analysis on the Favorable live odds as well as our sports betting prediction.
It’ll be a clash of the league’s best this Wednesday night, as the Toronto Raptors play host to the Memphis Grizzlies. The 8-2 Raptors lead the Eastern Conference by half a game, while the one-loss Grizzlies come to Toronto atop the Western Conference standings. The Raptors have played stout at home this season with just one loss in seven ties. Expect the Air Canada Center should be packed and rowdy for the visiting Grizzlies as Toronto honours former great, Vince Carter, almost a decade after the superstar’s bitter departure.
The combination of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan has been a deadly combo for Raptor opponents this season, combining for 39.5 points on 44% shooting. Jonas Valancunas and Terrance Ross will be the X-Factors for the Raptors against the Grizzlies. Ross has been inconsistent for the Raptors this year, hitting double-digit points in just five of his 10 games, but the youngster could be in for a big night against Memphis’ middle-of-the-pack three-point defense. As for Valancunas, the Raptors’ center will be up against one of the league’s best, Marc Gasol. Normally Toronto would have a major edge on the bench but with James Johnson sitting out with an ailing ankle, this matchup will be closer than expected.
Memphis leads the league in points allowed, giving up a stingy 91.5 points per game. Their primary issues come on the offensive side of the ball where they rank 18th in the league. Mike Conley and the starters will have to shoulder much of the offensive load with the bench averaging just 27.4 points per game this year. Tony Allen will have the tough test of defending DeRozan, but the Raptors all-star has struggled throughout his career against physical defenses, most recently last Thursday when the Bulls held him to just ten points on %17.6 shooting. Marc Gasol should continue his MVP worthy season against the Raptors but don’t expect Valancunas to be pushed around by the seven-year vet. Memphis will need to start strong and take advantage of a Raptors team that has consistently come out struggling in the first.
Sportsbook currently has the Raptors as +2.5 point favorites at home. While most signs point to Memphis winning a close one, expect Dwayne Casey to have the Raptors team fired up and ready to make a statement after squandering their last opportunity against the Bulls. The Grizzlies are coming off a huge win at home and could be in for a road loss against a tough Raptors team. Take the Raptors in a defensive showdown.