Grizzlies vs. Pelicans Sharp Betting Pick (Jan. 31): How Pros Are Betting Zion Williamson vs. Ja Morant

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Grizzlies vs. Pelicans doesn’t exactly scream “must-watch NBA television” on its own, but throw in the top two picks from this past year’s draft — one of whom is the considerable Rookie of the Year favorite and the other is, well, Zion Williamson — and you’ve got a recipe for a highly anticipated matchup.

But whether this game featured the rookie showdown or not, it was always going to be on sharps’ radar … so long as there was value. And in this case, that value has come on the spread.


Odds as of Friday at 1 p.m. ET and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.


Grizzlies vs. Pelicans Sharp Betting Pick

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Aside from the rookie battle, this game holds some playoff implications. With Zion now healthy, the Pelicans are trying to push past four teams to snag the eighth spot in the Western Conference, a spot currently held by, you guessed it, the Grizzlies. As of Friday, New Orleans is five games behind Memphis.

And given their superior record, it’s not all that surprising to find that the majority of bettors are happily taking the Grizzlies as underdogs tonight.

Memphis opened as a 4.5-point dog, and to this point has attracted 54% of tickets.

What may come as a bit more of a surprise is that those bettors have generated just 20% of actual money, or that the line is now up to New Orleans -6.5.

The bet-vs.-money discrepancy has served as a sign of sharp action, and that sign has been confirmed by Sports Insights’ Bet Signals.

Six signals — indicators of market activity caused by pro action — have hit the Pelicans, explaining why oddsmakers have been forced to push this line upward.

Sharp angle: Pelicans (moved from -4.5 to -6.5)

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