Suns vs. Grizzlies – NBA Preview, Friday, April 1, 2022
NBA Friday night features a thrilling matchup as the Phoenix Suns take on the Memphis Grizzlies. This will be the third matchup of the season between the best teams in the NBA. Each team has picked up a road victory.
Phoenix has clinched the best record in the NBA, while Memphis will be the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. There might not be much to play for in the standings, but there are bragging rights on the line.
Let’s see how BetOnline views this marquee matchup.
Suns vs. Grizzlies Odds for April 1st
It’s not often you’ll see the Memphis Grizzlies as the underdog, but that’s what happens when you play the best team in the league.
The Phoenix Suns might have the best record in the NBA, but no one has been better at covering the spread than Memphis. Their 50 wins are four more than any other team. Memphis has covered the spread in five of their last six games.
Phoenix’s dominance has been on full display in its betting trends. They’ve covered in seven of their last nine games. The Suns have gone over their point total in seven of their last ten games.
Cameron Johnson and JaVale McGee missed Wednesday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors, but they made the road trip and could return on Friday night. Ja Morant continues to miss time with a knee injury.
We could be looking at a Western Conference Final preview between the Suns and Grizzlies. Ready to bet on this game now? Visit BetOnline to place some bets, or read more about BetOnline in the site review below.
Suns vs. Grizzlies Matchup Preview
The Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies are the hottest teams in the NBA. Phoenix is on a nine-game win streak, while Memphis has won six straight.
Phoenix didn’t miss a beat without Chris Paul, and Memphis is showing they can do the same without Ja Morant. The Grizzlies are an unbelievable 19-2 without their star point guard. It’s crazy how successful they’ve been without one of the league’s best players.
Someone has to step up without Morant. Lately, it has been Desmond Bane. Bane is having a breakout year in his second season. He has increased his scoring average by nine points from his rookie season.
Let’s check out Bane’s numbers in March.
- 21.1 points
- 4.6 rebounds
- 3.7 assists
- 1.2 steals
- 52.0 three-point percentage
That 52.0 percent three-point shooting isn’t a fluke. Bane is taking 7.3 three-point attempts per game. He is a big reason the Grizzlies lead the NBA with 115.4 points per game.
Now we can’t forget about the Suns’ offense. They’re right behind the Grizzlies with 115.2 points per game. Phoenix recently had a streak of scoring 125+ points in seven straight games. We can attribute their offensive outburst to Devin Booker.
Bane has been putting up big numbers in March, but they only pale in comparison to Booker’s hot streak.
- 30.1 points
- 6.1 assists
- 4.3 rebounds
- 1.3 steals
- 41.3 three-point percentage
Booker was among my top sleepers in our latest NBA MVP update. I’m not sure why his odds haven’t gone up, but Booker is probably okay with leading the best team in the NBA.
Ja Morant has been unstoppable in both matchups against the Suns. It’ll be interesting to see how Memphis replaces that void. They’ve shown they can compete without Morant but will that continue against Phoenix?
Suns vs. Grizzlies Same Game Parlay
- DeAndre Ayton Under 16.5 Points (-110)
- Mikal Bridges Over 1.5 Three-Pointers Made (+124)
- Chris Paul Over 10.5 Assists (-124)
The Memphis Grizzlies have a few injury concerns, so it’s an all Phoenix Suns parlay. This one will give you (+649) odds, earning you $649 on a $100 bet.
DeAndre Ayton is having his best month of the season. He is averaging 19.3 points on 63.4 percent field goal shooting. Those are impressive numbers, but we’re starting to see him slow down.
Ayton had 35 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves on March 23. That’s the only time in the last five games Ayton cleared 16.5 points. He has a pair of 16-point games, but it doesn’t pay unless you go over 16.5 points.
Mikal Bridges has looked much better since the All-Star break. He’s averaging 17.4 points on 41.0 percent three-point shooting. He recently had a streak that saw him make at least two three-pointers in six straight games.
Bridges didn’t take any three-pointers in the most recent matchup with the Grizzlies, but he went 3-3 on November 12. He only needs to make two three-pointers to hit on the parlay. He should be able to hit that mark.
Chris Paul recently returned from a thumb injury that held him out for over a month. The league leader in assists picked up right where he left off.
- @ Denver Nuggets: 13 assists
- Philadelphia 76ers: 14 assists
Paul has 12 and 13 assists in the Suns’ two matchups with the Grizzlies. Devin Booker’s scoring surge has Paul in position to dish out more assists. This projection seems low for a passer like Paul.
Suns vs. Grizzlies Pick
Phoenix Suns (-2.5)-115
It would take a lot for more to pick against the Phoenix Suns. Honestly, I’d probably do it if Ja Morant was playing, but his absence leaves me worried about the Grizzlies’ chances.
I know Memphis has done great without him but playing the Suns is a different animal. We should see a great matchup with the Suns coming out on top.
NBA TV will have this matchup on Friday at 8 p.m. ET. Feel free to visit BetOnline to place your bet on the matchup.