A Western Conference battle is on tap for Wednesday as the Memphis Grizzlies will host the New Orleans Pelicans to start their respective 2023-2024 campaigns. These two teams picked No. 1 and No. 2 in the 2020 NBA Draft but the Zion Williamson vs. Ja Morant rivalry hasn't really come to fruition because of injuries for Williamson and a combination of injuries/off-the-court issues for Morant. They've only played each other six times and Morant will be absent on Wednesday as he begins a 25-game suspension.
Tip-off is scheduled at 8 p.m. E at FedExForum. New Orleans is favored by 1 point in the latest Grizzlies vs. Pelicans odds via SportsLine consensus and the over/under is set at 224.5 points. Before entering any Grizzlies vs. Pelicans picks, you'll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Grizzlies vs. Pelicans spread: Pelicans -1
- Grizzlies vs. Pelicans over/under: 224.5 points
- Grizzlies vs. Pelicans money line: Grizzlies -108, Pelicans -112
- Grizzlies vs. Pelicans picks: See picks here
What you need to know about the Grizzlies
Memphis is coming off a season where it went 51-31 to finish second in the Western Conference but exited the 2023 NBA playoffs in the first round after losing to the Lakers 4-2. The Grizzlies now have 107 wins over their last two seasons but they'll have a big hole to plug without Morant for the first 25 games.
Former NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart joined Memphis as part of the three-team trade that sent Kristaps Porzingis to the Celtics. Smart should be an excellent fit with a team that ranked second in the NBA in defensive rating (111.2) in 2022-23 and Desmond Bane will have to carry the scoring load with Morant sidelined.
What you need to know about the Pelicans
The Pelicans are coming off a season where they went 42-40 to finish ninth in the West but lost in the NBA play-in tournament to the Thunder. Williamson only played 29 games last season but did average 26.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.6 assists while shooting 60.8% from the floor.
CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram give the Pelicans a trio of incredibly capable scorers when Williamson is healthy while Jonas Valanciunas and Trey Murphy III give the roster a couple of additional scoring threats. Williamson has already missed 214 games in his four-year career and his health will be critical to New Orleans becoming a contender in the Western Conference in 2023-24.
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