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As we start off a new week of games around the NBA we’re gifted with a treat of getting to see Zion Williamson and Ja Morant battle it out in the bubble and it’s a prime spot to get our record back in order after going 1-1 with our picks over the weekend.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans
The Pick: Grizzlies (+4.5)
This matchup between the Grizzlies and Pelicans is a massive one for a number of reasons. All eyes will be on this game thanks to the top two rookies in the league Ja Morant and Zion Williamson. Plus, not only does this matchup have major playoff implications with Memphis holding onto the No. 8 spot in the West with New Orleans just 3.5 games back, but both teams are looking for some sort of positive as both sides have gotten off to 0-2 starts in the bubble.
The Grizzlies have suffered two tough losses to Portland and San Antonio while the Pelicans got blasted by the Clippers after falling to the Jazz by two in their first game back in action.
Memphis comes into the contest with no rest after falling to San Antonio on Sunday while the Pels got a day off following their loss to Los Angeles. While you could point to a day off for the Pelicans being a positive following back-to-back losses, I think the opposite comes into effect on Monday as the Grizzlies get to step right back on the court and try to figure things out themselves right away after an 0-2 start of their own.
4.5 points is a decent-sized spread for such an important matchup and I like the Grizzlies catching that many points.
Star Player Special Bet: Ja Morant to record a double-double (-112)
Morant recorded his 12th double-double of the season in the Grizzlies first game back in the bubble after putting up 22 points in 11 assists against Portland. He followed that up with 25 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds in the next game against the Spurs. Expect to see Morant record double-double No. 13 on the year against New Orleans.
Tip-off: 6:30 PM EST on ESPN
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