Grizzlies vs. Raptors Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Charlie Grant | Updated Aug 08, 2020

Ja Morant, Grizzilies, 2020

Since the NBA restart, Ja Morant has averaged 18.7 points per game. His Grizzlies are underdogs versus the Raptors Sunday afternoon.

Memphis
34-39
AT
August 09, 2020, 2:00 PM ET
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Toronto
53-19
Pointspread +6.5 -110
Moneyline +222
Over / Under o +221.5

19%

Betting Action

81%

Pointspread -6.5 -110
Moneyline -269
Over / Under u +221.5

19%

Betting Action

81%

A meeting between two former NBA Canadian cousins takes centre stage on Sunday afternoon as the Memphis Grizzlies look to extend their lead in the race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, and the Toronto Raptors try to bounce back from their first loss of the NBA restart.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Grizzlies entered the NBA bubble with a three-game lead on the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but four straight setbacks put their playoff hopes in danger. Memphis won 121-92 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday to stop the bleeding.

The club holds a one-game edge over the Portland Trail Blazers for the eighth seed, but it seems pretty clear Memphis will be playing the Blazers in a play-in series. The Grizz are a young and exciting team, but they’d most likely be an underdog against Damian Lillard and the Blazers.

Memphis’ schedule is brutal in its final three seeding games. The side plays the Celtics and Bucks after Sunday’s game against the Raptors. The Raptors, Celtics and Bucks are a combined 150-56 this season and firmly hold the top three positions in the Eastern Conference.

The Grizzlies are 1-4 straight up and against the spread since returning to action on the hardwood. They’re also 0-6 ATS in their last six games against Toronto.

The Raptors come into this contest on the heels of a blowout loss to the Celtics on Friday night. The Dinos looked de-clawed as they made just 26 percent of their 38 attempts from beyond the arc. The club doesn’t have much to play for in its final four games. Despite the setback to Boston, the Drakes are unlikely to be caught for the second seed in the East.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies are playing with house money right now. No one expected the side to compete for a playoff a year after finishing fourth last in the West. But a turbocharged campaign from rookie phenom Ja Morant put the franchise in the hunt.

An injury to big man Jaren Jackson Jr. has tempted hopes of pulling off any kind of miracles in the postseason. Jackson Jr., second in scoring on the team at 17.4 per game, is out for the rest of the season after he suffered a torn meniscus earlier this week.

Toronto Raptors

Raptor fans have to be worried about a potential matchup against the C’s in the playoffs. Boston capped off the season series with a win on Friday to improve to 3-1 against the defending champions.

Toronto began the fourth quarter of Friday’s game down by 34 points. Scoring points has become too difficult for Nick Nurse’s squad in the bubble. In four games since the restart, the Raptors are scoring just 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

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