NBA Playoff Odds: The Memphis Grizzlies’ 2021 Title Chances
Steph Chambers/Getty Images. Pictured: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Memphis Grizzlies NBA Playoff Odds
How the Memphis Grizzlies Got Here
Memphis has been everything you could expect in Year 2 of the Ja Morant Experience. The Grizzlies have clawed their way into the Play-In Tournament with Morant shooting less efficiently but taking on an even larger share of the offense.
Players like Dillon Brooks, Grayson Allen, and Jonas Valanciunas have turned in career-best seasons for second-year Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins. The occasional offensive outburst is needed from one of these players against the toughest competition.
While Memphis is by no means one of the more efficient offenses, the Grizzlies do possess an innate ability to get offensive rebounds and oh-so-valuable second-chance points in the halfcourt. This will bode well for the Grizz if they can muck up their game(s) in the Play-In Tournament.
Memphis will be best served to play a slow-paced — besides Morant transition attacks — and grind-it-out style in the Play-In.
Jaren Jackson Jr. has been solid since his return, providing a much-needed rim protector and some scoring punch off after missing the first 56 games due to recovery from his torn meniscus. Jenkins’ ability to rely on Jackson for a bigger minutes load in the postseason will be the top factor for potential Memphis bettors to watch out for.
The Grizzlies have been one of the best teams in the NBA against the spread (ATS) this season. At this point, they’re very used to overcoming Vegas’ expectations, but they may have too much to overcome in the NBA Play-In.