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2021 NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies vs. Jazz odds, line, picks, Game 2 predictions from model on 99-66 roll

The top-seeded Utah Jazz should have a sense of urgency Wednesday when they host the surging eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of their best-of-seven series. The Grizzlies won seven of nine to end the regular season, then captured two victories in the play-in format to earn the final seed in the Western Conference. They continued their surge by winning the series opener 112-109 in one of the NBA‘s toughest road environments. The Jazz, minus injured star Donovan Mitchell, rallied late after trailing most of the way but the Grizzlies made enough plays to seal the upset.

Tipoff is set for 10 p.m. ET from Vivint Smart Home Arena. Utah is a 9.5-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 219 in the latest Grizzlies vs. Jazz odds from William Hill Sportsbook. Before you make any Jazz vs. Grizzlies picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned over $9,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. The model is up almost $800 on its top-rated picks this season and entered the first full week of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on a stunning 99-66 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread dating back to last season. Anybody who has followed it has seen massive returns.  

Now, the model has set its sights on Grizzlies vs. Jazz in the NBA Playoffs 2021. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Jazz vs. Grizzlies:

  • Grizzlies vs. Jazz spread: Jazz -9.5
  • Grizzlies vs. Jazz over-under: 219 points
  • Grizzlies vs. Jazz money line: Jazz -500, Grizzlies +400
  • MEM: The Grizzlies have covered seven of their last nine games as a road underdog
  • UTAH: The Jazz are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games when playing on two days’ rest

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Why the Jazz can cover

The Jazz will no doubt benefit from the expected return of Mitchell, their high-scoring superstar who was a game-time scratch in Game 1 because of a lingering sprained ankle. Mitchell averaged 26.4 points and 5.2 assists in 53 regular-season games played. The Jazz could have used their leader in the series opener as clumsy execution and poor shooting led to a downfall in a game in which they bolted out to a 14-point lead before falling apart. Utah shot just 12-of-47 from 3-point range (25.5 percent) and its lack of ball security led to 16 turnovers.

Even so, the Jazz can be encouraged that, even without Mitchell, they rallied from 17 points down to make it a one-possession game in the final minute. Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 29 points, and his five late free throws pulled the Jazz within three. Six Utah players scored in double figures.

Why the Grizzlies can cover

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies continued their progression behind a youth-laden and talent-rich roster that appears to see its confidence growing with each game. Fourth-year pro Dillon Brooks, a second-round draft pick in 2017, notched a game-high 31 points to go with seven rebounds. Budding star Ja Morant, who closed out the must-win game against the Golden State Warriors with a series of clutch plays, again provided poise and leadership down the stretch. He scored 26 points while adding four assists and four rebounds.

The Grizzlies also showed resolve as their eight-point lead was trimmed to one with 6.4 seconds left. They ran a set play that opened the floor for a Brooks layup, then contested a desperation 3-point attempt from Bogdanovic as time expired.

How to make Jazz vs. Grizzlies picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 221 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Grizzlies vs. Jazz? And which side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks.



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