Injuries have been a massive factor of late for both the Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat, and figure to factor into this matchup on Monday night. Both sides are without some key contributors, with key role players likely to decide where things end up in this contest. But one team has been performing significantly better than the other heading into this Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat clash, and will look to keep it going in this contest to open up the week.
Before tip off in this contest, it will be worth taking a look at the injury report and starting lineups, as there are a couple of injury situations that are fluid coming into this contest. But even the most optimistic reading of the injury report will see key players from both sides out for this game. It will be interesting to see how the coaches in this game adjust to account for players like Ja Morant missing out.
Memphis Grizzlies – Four Game Win Streak
The Memphis Grizzlies have won four straight games, including the biggest win in the history of the NBA. During that win streak, the Grizzlies have beaten the Mavericks, Thunder, Raptors and Kings to go from 9-10 to 13-10 on the season. Their win over the Thunder was a 73-point victory, which is the largest margin of victory in the history of the NBA, even without Ja Morant available for the Grizzlies due to a knee injury.
In this game against the Heat, the Grizzlies will have to continue to have to overcome the loss of Morant. Back to help the Grizzlies is Dillon Brooks, whose scoring touch should help make up for Morant’s absence, even if Brooks is nowhere near the ball handler or distributor that the Grizzlies’ point guard is. Whether enough Brooks is enough to help the Grizzlies beat the Heat is an entirely different story.
Expected Line-Up: Tyus Jones, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams
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Miami Heat – Hoping For Better Health
The Miami Heat have been struggling recently, losing three of their last four games. Miami has suffered losses to the Bucks, Cavaliers and Nuggets lately, which is especially troubling given that Milwaukee was without Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Cavaliers are without Collin Sexton. The health of Jimmy Butler will go a long way toward determining who comes out on top in this game, as his status is up in the air for the Heat.
Butler is listed as questionable with a tailbone injury, after missing recent games for Miami. If he can go, the Heat look entirely different offensively, but the Heat might not need Butler against a banged up Grizzlies team. With Tyler Herro back in action for the Heat, and the rest of the team in good health with the exception of Bam Adebayo, Miami could snag some wins with or without Butler in their immediate future.
Expected Line-Up: Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, PJ Tucker, Dewayne Dedmon
Expert Pick #1 – Heat -4.5 @ -110
The first bet to place on this contest is the Heat -4.5 at -110 odds. This line is an interesting one, as the Heat are priced as a slight favorite even without Jimmy Butler being a certainty to play. If Butler is cleared to go, the Heat should be an even bigger favorite, without the line shrinking if he is indeed ruled out. Expect the Heat to win by at least five points here.
Expert Pick #2 – Dillon Brooks Under 20.5 Points @ -125
The next bet worth placing on this contest is Dillon Brooks under 20.5 points at -125 odds. Brooks has scored 21 or more points just twice since returning to the Grizzlies lineup this season, failing to get there in eight games. Even with Morant out, Brooks should still fail to get to that number, as the Grizzlies will look to spread the ball around and keep the Heat guessing throughout.
Expert Pick #3 – Steven Adams Over 7.5 Points @ +105
The final bet to place for this contest is Steven Adams over 7.5 points at +105 odds. While Adams has been a downgrade from Jonas Valanciunas this season for the Grizzlies, he should be able to take advantage of the loss of Bam Adebayo for the Heat. He will get a couple of putback buckets in this game and convert a few times from the line to hit his point total over.
This is a fascinating game on the Monday slate, as the Grizzlies and Heat both look to overcome their injury woes. But the Heat should be able to overcome them the best at home in this game, as Miami is starting to turn the corner as far as getting healthy is concerned. Miami will cover the spread here and look good doing so.