Memphis Grizzlies V Toronto Raptors Nba Betting Tips
The Toronto Raptors are a clear number one in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The Memphis Grizzlies were top of a packed Western Conference for a couple of days last week, and are still only 1.5 games off pole position. On Wednesday, 12 p.m. AEST, the Grizzlies will host the Raptors in Memphis in a match that has huge implications for both teams.
Grizzlies Good Value in Online Sports Betting
Major Aussie online sportsbooks including Unibet and Pointsbet have Toronto as a 4.5 point favorite in line betting. This is no big surprise, given the Raptors have a league-leading 17-4 win-loss record, including an 8-2 away record and 6-1 record against opponents from the tougher Western Conference. However, they’re yet to face any of the top 6 teams in the Western Conference and they’ve only paid one visit to any of the current top 10 teams in the league – which ended in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Grizzlies have been one of the biggest surprises in a Western Conference where conceivably 14 out of 15 teams could be in playoff contention. Memphis are 12-7, but more importantly they’re 8-2 at home and 4-2 against the East, although they inexplicably dropped their most recent game, at home to the lowly New York Knicks, 103-98.
But given their good overall form at the FedEx Forum, the Grizzlies should bounce back and they present good value in line and head-to-head betting, and are paying as high as 2.70 at bet365.
Spotlight on Shifting Basketball Tactics
Much has been made about the scoring explosion in the 2018-19 NBA season, and this game will highlight the shifting tactics. Toronto have the league’s third-most potent offence behind Milwaukee and New Orleans, with an average 116.8 points per game. Memphis have the league’s worst offence with 103.0 ppg but the stingiest defence with 100.9 ppg.
Raptors’ rookie NBA coach Nick Nurse has had the luxury of building his offence around Kawhi Leonard, who’s averaging 24.7 ppg, and has four other players averaging 13 ppg or more. The Raptors are blowing teams away in first quarters, leading at quarter-time by an average 5.0 points, which puts them well ahead of the second team in that category, Oklahoma City, with 2.2. As such, there’s a good chance they’ll be the first to 25 points, which is paying 1.68 at Neds.
Whereas most NBA teams have been aiming to get as many shots as possible, the Grizzlies have been doing the opposite in trying to slow the game down. They’re third in the league for turnovers and fourth for steals, and they’ll need to dominate in these statistical areas if they’re going to beat the Raptors.
If the Grizzlies win, it’ll likely be off the back of a supreme defensive effort, and Madbookie are offering 4.80 on them winning with a total of 205 points or less scored in the match.