Memphis is in Nice Flow and Blocks Out The Suns on Sunday

Doug Upstone

Saturday, November 3, 2018 4:31 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 4:31 PM UTC

The Memphis Grizzlies have a found a place in the new fast-paced NBA. The Phoenix Suns continue to rebuild and acquire draft choices and hope the future is brighter than it is today.

Doug's NBA Picks: 2-1-1

Memphis (5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS) at Phoenix (1-7 SU, 3-5 ATS)Sunday, 8:05 p.m. ETFree NBA Pick: Memphis ATSBest Line Offered: JustBet

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Memphis opened up a three-game road trip in four days by playing in Utah Friday night and won 11-100. The Grizzlies are making personnel changes to fit into the new NBA, but in many ways they still stick-out like a flip phone in how the Association works today.

The Suns might have the worst owner in the NBA and have attached it's future to a 22-year old and rookie who is 20, seeking to return to relevance. That's not an easy way to travel in this league where experience always matters.

Memphis Matters

The Grizzlies are still known for their trademark defense, ranked 2nd in points allowed and 3rd in defensive efficiency. Memphis has picked up the tempo of their offense from its previous plodding style and closed last month with home wins over Phoenix and Washington, scoring 224 total points.

To this point the Grizzlies have not been able to duplicate that on the road, averaging a league-worst, by a decisive margin, 94.3 points per game. In the traveling uniforms, Memphis needs a little more from Jaren Jackson Jr., Shelvin Mack and JaMychal Green on a consistent basis to go along with what Michael Conley and Marc Gasol bring nightly.

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“I like the problem solving mindset that we have right now and guys want to continue to get better.” - @MarcGasol pic.twitter.com/i2OrqlLHzT

— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) 3 de novembro de 2018
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Suns Soundings

Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton are the present and future for Phoenix. The Suns are hoping that Josh Jackson, Elie Okobo and Mikal Bridges develop into more than just useful players and can also be a big part of the franchise going forward. To help show them the ropes and the proper way to have daily preparation are veterans Trevor Ariza, Jamal Crawford and Tyson Chandler.

Phoenix is going to take their lumps, but the mission for games like this one against an opponent that does not have superior personnel is to take this game into the fourth quarter and get the crowd excited. That could be an issue if Booker's hamstring remains a problem. The Suns are shooting right around 48 percent at home, which gives them a chance. What limits them is the lack of defensive intensity trip after trip down the floor. When opposing teams are shooting over 50 percent and your 28th in defensive efficiency, it's time to raise the intensity.

The Outcome

The Grizzlies offense is good enough to take advantage of a weak Suns defense. Phoenix has only covered five of their last 17 games at home and is 3-13 ATS coming off a spread winner. Give Memphis a day between games and they are 8-1 ATS, which all the reasons I need for NBA picks to back the Grizz.

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