Grizzlies vs. Raptors NBA Odds & Picks: Sharp Like Ja Morant & Memphis Against Tanking Toronto (May 8)

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Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Ja Morant #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies.

  • The Grizzlies take on the Raptors in Tampa on Saturday, looking to improve their postseason standing.
  • The Raptors have been tanking down the stretch and face a tough test in Ja Morant and Co.
  • Things could get ugly on Saturday night.

NBA Odds: Grizzlies vs. Raptors

Grizzlies Odds -5.5
Raptors Odds +5.5
Over/Under 227
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The Grizzlies head to Tampa to take on the Raptors. Memphis is attempting to improve its standing in an airtight playoff race. Meanwhile, the Raptors have seen their NBA Draft lottery odds improve, losing six of their last 10 games.

Kyle Lowry has rested throughout a stretch of seemingly very important games for Nick Nurse & Co. While it’s been tough to explain what the Raptors are doing, this update from our Action Labs (NBA) Insiders Tool does a solid job of explaining:

The Raptors continue to tank down the stretch of the season and are holding out Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, and OG Anunoby for Saturday’s game….

With Malachi Flynn as the only true point guard on the roster for Saturday’s matchup, it’s hard to imagine them having much of a chance of slowing down Morant.

The Grizz will likely be giving it everything they’ve got on Saturday night, and that explains why our latest PRO Report is backing the Grizzlies regardless of who is in the lineup for the Raptors.

NBA Picks: Grizzlies vs. Raptors 

Sharp Action

The line for Grizzlies vs. Raptors opened up at Memphis -4.5 before it was pushed up to -5.5 ahead of Saturday night’s matchup.

Since early this morning, there have been two Action Labs Bet Signals triggered on the Grizzlies, signaling the sharp action moving Saturday’s spread.

Big Money

At the time of this writing, the 47% of bettors backing the Grizzlies have generated 89% of the money wagered on Saturday’s matchup.

That 42% difference is a sign of the wiseguy action backing Memphis on Saturday.

PRO Systems

Saturday’s Grizzlies vs. Raptors game fits neatly into our NBA Tickets vs Money PRO System, which has a 55% win rate and an 8% Return On Investment (ROI) since 2015.

PRO Report Pick: Grizzlies -5.5 (-106 on FanDuel or -103 on PointsBet)

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