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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies Predictions and Preview for 4/9/2022

New Orleans Pelicans takes on Memphis Grizzlies on 4/9/2022 at 06:10 PM.

The New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies face off in an important game for both teams. New Orleans Pelicans has a record of 36-44 this regular season. Memphis Grizzlies is 55-25 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

New Orleans Pelicans Team Defense Preview


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You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 112.4, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just a defensive efficiency rating.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. Their defensive efforts at keeping offenses from getting to the rim should not go unnoticed. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

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

New Orleans Pelicans Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 112.0, 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. This is a slower than average team when it comes to the pace of play.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .558 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .518, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .364 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .333 of their shots from three point range. This team is dreadful from beyond the arc, they have shooters, but they need makers. They made .790 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They rebounded 26.9% of their missed shots. This is an above average offensive rebounding team.

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 108.7 would certainly justify such praise. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

This is a decent defensive team that is able to force some bad shots. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. Making the easy shots hard is what this team does to opponents, among the best in the NBA.

Their ability to create live ball turnovers is above average.

Memphis Grizzlies Team Offense Preview


You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 114.5, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. 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 .552 which is considered to be below average. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .521, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .344 of their shots from three point range. The three point shot is just not as important to this offense. They made .351 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .735 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 29.9% of them. They are among the best offensive rebounding teams in the NBA.

The New Orleans Pelicans Roster

The Players to Watch for New Orleans Pelicans

Herbert Jones 6-8 210 PF

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

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. 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 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.

Jonas Valančiūnas 6-11 265 C

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

There is nothing special regarding his shot selection inside the perimeter. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. 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 does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He makes an effort to get offensive rebounds, but he is not a leader in this metric.

Devonte’ Graham 6-1 195 PG

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

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. 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 an average distributor in this offense. 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.

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.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: New Orleans Pelicans 104 Memphis Grizzlies 105

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