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Last Updated Apr 02, 2022, 00:36 AM

Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies Predictions, Picks, Odds

Nationally televised NBA action will resume on Friday night with a heavyweight Western Conference bout between the Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies. Coverage begins from FedExForum at 8:00 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

Score Prediction

Suns 124, Grizzlies 116

Best Bets

Over 228.5 (-110) at DraftKings

Suns vs. Grizzlies Predictions

After finishing eighth in the West with a record of 38-34 SU last year, Memphis briefly kept that same ball rolling with another slow start to this season, as the Grizzlies opened with a lackluster 9-10 SU and 10-9 ATS skid – with nine of those losses coming by 10+ PTS.

However, Memphis has arguably been the best team in basketball since that opening stretch, considering the Grizzlies boast sturdy records of 45-13 SU and 40-18 ATS across their last 58 games – while generating 117.2 OPPG and allowing just 106.8 DPPG during that timeframe.

On the other hand, Phoenix absolutely dominated to open the season, as the Suns kicked things off with a red-hot 27-8 SU and 18-17 ATS run – with 18 of those victories coming by 10+ PTS.

Despite Chris Paul’s recent 15-game absence, Phoenix carried that same momentum all the way through March too, considering the Suns enter Friday riding an impressive 35-6 SU and 24-17 ATS run– while generating 118.1 OPPG and allowing just 108.5 DPPG across that window.

I’ll take the over here, as the Suns are 9-0 SU and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games, while generating 126.8 OPPG and surrendering 113 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a high-scoring battle against a Grizzlies squad that’s averaging 124 OPPG across their latest 10-1 SU run, despite Ja Morant missing seven of those contests.

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Suns vs. Grizzlies Betting Resources

  • Matchup: Pacific vs. Southwest
  • Date: Friday, April 1, 2022
  • Venue: FedExForum
  • Location: Memphis, TN
  • TV-Time: NBA TV - 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Injury Report

Phoenix Suns Betting Analysis

  • SU: 62-14
  • ATS: 42-34
  • O/U: 39-36-1

After battling Utah for the top spot in the conference all the way through the final day of last year’s regular season (51-21 SU), Phoenix was surprisingly rusty to start the year, as the Suns dropped three-of-four games out of the gate – while tallying just 106.3 OPPG across that window.

Devin Booker and company clearly just needed a few weeks to settle into a rhythm though, considering the Suns boast records of 61-11 SU and 41-31 ATS since their four-game opening skid, while ranking second in the league in scoring and third in offensive efficiency (115.2 OPPG, 1.120 OE) – and on the flipside, ranking seventh in points allowed and third in defensive efficiency (106.8 DPPG, 1.039 DE).

Memphis Grizzlies Betting Analysis

  • SU: 54-23
  • ATS: 50-27
  • O/U: 39-37-1

After finishing eighth in the West with a record of 38-34 SU last year, Memphis briefly flew under the league’s radar with a 9-10 SU start to this season, inevitably getting tagged as underdogs in seven-of-ten matchups to kick off December – yet quickly stole the spotlight with a trio of upset victories and a 7-3 SU record across that window.

Memphis has absolutely dominated since mid-December though, considering the Grizzlies enter Friday riding an impressive 45-13 SU and 40-18 ATS stretch – while racking up 117.2 OPPG and allowing just 106.8 DPPG during that timeframe.

The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last six games. (AP)

Suns vs. Grizzlies Head-to-Head

Phoenix won two-of-three regular-season meetings against Memphis last year, with the first and third matchups staying under the total at an average of 216.5 PPG, while the second went over with a score of 128-97 (PHX -7, O 223). However, these teams are 1-1 SU against each other this season, with the first matchup resulting in a relatively low-scoring win for the Suns (119-94, U 222) – while their latest meeting resulted in a high-scoring victory for Memphis (114-113, O 223).

Key Players to Watch

  • PHX: Devin Booker - SG (26.4 PPG, 5 REB, 4.9 AST)
  • PHX: Chris Paul - PG (15 PPG, 4.4 REB, 10.7 AST)
  • MEM: Desmond Bane - SF (18.2 PPG, 4.4 REB, 2.8 AST)
  • MEM: Dillon Brooks - SG (18.1 PPG, 3.2 REB, 2.6 AST)

Suns vs. Grizzlies Betting Conclusion

After extending their win streak to six games with a tough road victory in San Antonio on Wednesday night (W, 112-111), the Grizzlies return home for Friday’s contest as short underdogs against the Suns at FedExForum – marking just the second time Memphis has been an underdog across their last 14 games.

I’ll take the over here, as the Grizzlies are 10-1 SU and 7-4 ATS in their last 11 games, while tallying 124 OPPG and allowing just 108.5 DPPG during that span – setting the stage for a competitive high-scoring battle against a Suns squad that’s scored 125+ PTS in seven of their last nine contests (126.8 OPPG). 

Suns vs. Grizzlies Betting Trends

  • The Suns are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games.
  • The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last six games.
  • The total has gone OVER in seven of the last ten Suns' games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the last seven Grizzlies' games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in seven of the last nine matchups between Memphis and Phoenix.
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