The Memphis Grizzlies (33-37) take on the Toronto Raptors (49-19) Sunday at Visa Athletic Center in the NBA bubble near Orlando, Fla. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET. The Raptors are still vying for the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 seed, while the Grizzlies need to lock down the eighth seed in the West. We analyze the Grizzlies-Raptors betting odds and lines, with NBA picks and best bets.
Grizzlies vs. Raptors: Key injuries
- PF Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) out
- PG Tyus Jones (knee)
- SF Justise Winslow (hip) out
- PF Serge Ibaka (eye) probable
- SF Patrick McCaw (knee) out
Grizzlies vs. Raptors: Odds, lines, picks and betting tips
Raptors 112, Grizzlies 102
The Raptors (-286) can be fully expected to bounce back from Friday’s ugly 122-100 loss to the rival Boston Celtics. The Grizzlies (+230) picked up their first win of the restart Friday by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-92. These two teams hadn’t met prior to the 2019-20 season being put on pause.
We’ll PASS on the moneyline in favor of proper value on the spread, as a $10 bet on the Raps to win outright would return a profit of just $3.50.
Toronto comfortably beat better teams in the Los Angeles Lakers (107-92), Miami Heat (107-103) and Orlando Magic (109-99) in its first three games of the restart. Memphis played its best basketball Friday after two of its four straight losses in the bubble were decided by nine or more points.
Line/Against the Spread (ATS)
The Grizzlies +6.5 (-110) have been led in scoring by SG Dillon Brooks in back-to-back games, but the absence of Jackson looms large against the RAPTORS -6.5 (-110) with Pascal Siakam starting at the four spot on the other side.
Siakam has been rather quiet in the restart and the Raps will certainly look to get him involved before the playoffs begin. He’s averaging 23.1 points per game for the season but hasn’t met that number yet in four games since returning to play.
New to sports betting? A $10 bet on the Raptors to win by at least 7 points would return a profit of $9.09.
Take the UNDER 222.5 (-110). The defending champions had played to three straight Unders before just topping the projected total Friday in the loss to the Celtics. The Grizzlies are missing a top scorer in Jackson.
They had already been held below 100 points in a game since coming back and will face the Raptors’ top-ranked and playoff-ready defense.
Esten’s NBA betting record: 10-4
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