NBA Picks, Previews, and Predictions

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz Predictions and Preview for 4/5/2022

Memphis Grizzlies takes on Utah Jazz on 4/5/2022 at 09:10 PM.

The Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz face off in an important game for both teams. Memphis Grizzlies has a record of 55-23 this regular season. Utah Jazz is 46-32 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Memphis Grizzlies Team Defense Preview




They have an elite level defense and fans may not appreciate it because they get so fixated on scoring, dunks, and drama, but this defense is as good as it gets right now. A defensive effiency rating of 108.6 would certainly justify such praise. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. They are not doing enough to stop opponents from scoring at the rim. Making the easy shots hard is what this team does to opponents, among the best in the NBA.

Nothing will blow you away about their ability to force live ball turnovers.

Memphis Grizzlies Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 114.8, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. They play a pace that is considered faster than average, but this is not a team that is having a track meet.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .553 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .522, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .345 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made .350 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .734 of their shots from the charity stripe. This is a team that will keep opponents in the game when up with a late narrow lead.

When they missed shots, they were able to get back 30.2% of them. They are among the best offensive rebounding teams in the NBA.

Utah Jazz Team Defense Preview

Their defensive efficiency is 111.0, which means they have an above average defense relative to other teams in the NBA. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. Their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim is among the best in the NBA. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

Sometimes defenses are very focused on forcing bad shots and getting the defensive rebound. Is there anything to support this? It may be just possible that this is a passive defense.

Utah Jazz Team Offense Preview


Getting excited about an offensive efficiency of 116.6 is going a bit overboard with an above-average offense. And nothing more than that. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .590 which is considered to be above average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .557, which is considered to be above average. They attempt .470 of their shots from three point range. They take three point shots more than many in the NBA. They made .362 of their shots from three point range. They are a slightly above average three point shooting team. They made .771 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They successfully retrieved 25.0% of their missed shots. They are a slightly above average rebounding team.

The Memphis Grizzlies Roster

The Players to Watch for Memphis Grizzlies

Desmond Bane 6-5 215 SF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Jaren Jackson Jr. 6-11 242 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Steven Adams 6-11 265 C

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He is one of the leaders in the NBA in his ability to get scoring attempts at the rim. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He either does not take three point shots or he does not make them either. Opponents are probably quite aware. Getting to the Free Throw Line is an important part of his game. Fouling him is probably better than letting him get two points on a drive or post-up. The Free Throw Line is an adventure for him and everyone is there to watch.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He will be looking to cut down on his turnovers, better decision-making and more alertness on the offensive end should help. Opponents need to be aware of his ability to grab offensive rebounds and find a way to neutralize it.

The Utah Jazz Roster

The Players to Watch for Utah Jazz

Royce O’Neale 6-4 226 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. Three point shooting is an important part of his game. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Donovan Mitchell 6-1 215 SG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Bojan Bogdanović 6-7 226 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies 102 Utah Jazz 108

Spread Pick: Utah Jazz -5.5 -110 Bovada Get up to $750 with the promo code ‘BTCSWB750’
Moneyline Pick: Utah Jazz -210 Bovada
Under Pick: Under 225.5 -110 Bovada Get up to $750 with the promo code ‘BTCSWB750’