Memphis vs Sacramento: prediction for the NBA match
Memphis are not in the best situation. Their leader, Ja Morant, got injured. In the previous match against Atlanta he played only eight minutes. Grizzlies played without him for almost the whole match and suffered a humiliating defeat (100:132).
We think that now Memphis won't be able score as many points as before. No one will be able to replace Ja Morant. Taylor Jenkins will probably count on Dillon Brooks and Desmond Bain, but Ja Morant is surely a better player.
After the arrival of Gentry Kings started to play better. When he was in charge of New Orleans, his players scored many points. Something like that will probably happen to Sacramento. Kings already played in that style before, but then Luke Walton decided to turn the attention to defense.
In two most recent matches Sacramento played offensively. It brought a success to the Kings. In the first game Kings were able to outscore Portland (125:121), in the second one they did the same to the Lakers (141:137).
In each of three most recent matches Kings failed to win the first quarter
Kings managed to beat that total in 3 out of 5 most recent away matches
The absence of Ja Morant is a chance for Sacramento. Moreover, Grizzlies are not looking great on defense. In each of three most recent matches Jenkins' men conceded at least 119 points. We think that Kings will have more chances to record a victory.
Our prediction - Sacramento Kings to record a victory
Kings like to play under the opponent's rim, but their defense is not great. In this case, we are expecting a high-scoring game. We don't think that teams will sit out on defense, so we offer to place a bet on total over.
Our second bet is on total over 225,5 points