Defense Not a Priority so Expect Lots of Points from Grizzlies, Nets

Jordan Sharp

Monday, March 19, 2018 2:29 PM UTC

Monday, Mar. 19, 2018 2:29 PM UTC

Neither Memphis nor Brooklyn has anything to play for, which could mean extra value with your NBA picks tonight. The first-half total looks low for the teams' first meeting since November.

Monday NBA: Grizzlies vs. NetsFree NBA Pick: Over 108 1HBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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The Memphis Grizzlies typically play worse on the road, but with Tyreke Evans and Marc Gasol ready to play, the Brooklyn Nets might not have an answer for either of those two stars tonight. If that’s the case, we could see a lot of points scored early.

The Grizzlies have been far from a defensive powerhouse this season, and on the road they are giving up more than 105 points per game. Compare that to the Nets, who have very little defense and have also been giving up a ton of first-half points since the All-Star break.

The Nets are scoring and allowing about 60 points per first half over their last five. Since the break, Brooklyn owns the league’s ninth-best offensive rating in the first half.

Each of these teams allows about 112 points per 100 possessions in the first half of their games since the break, and both are playing at paces of 101 or higher in the first half of those dozen or so games.

If that continues tonight, the first-half total of 108 on the NBA odds board should be easy money on the "over" with your NBA picks. With how fast both teams are playing since the break, and with little reason to play defense for either team, look for around 55 first-half points from each of these clubs tonight.

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