2018-2019 Memphis Grizzlies Team Preview and Betting Picks
FedEx Forum – Memphis, Tennessee
J.B.Bickerstaff – Head Coach
Western Conference – Southwestern Division
2017 Record: 22-60
The Memphis Grizzlies missed the playoffs last year for the first time since 2009 and are looking to get back to their winning ways.
The Grizzlies were very active in the offseason and have developed a roster that they believe can help with those winning ways.
The Grizzlies had a very strong NBA Draft, picked up some players in free agency and trades that can make an immediate impact in the lineup.
Let’s dig a bit deeper into the 2018-2019 Memphis Grizzlies and determine where we think they will end up.
Memphis Grizzlies Coaching
The Memphis Grizzlies hired JB Bickerstaff on June 8, 2016, as part of David Fizdale’s coaching staff. Bickerstaff was liked and respected by many of the players and those from within the organization. The Grizzlies parted ways with Fizdale and in turn, hired Bickerstaff as the interim and then eventually the permanent Head Coach of the Grizzlies.
JB Bickerstaff is the son of longtime NBA Head Coach Bernie Bickerstaff. As a Head Coach in the league, Bickerstaff has gone 52-74 overall and was 15-50 with the Memphis Grizzlies after taking over as the Head Coach last year.
Memphis Grizzlies Offseason Transactions
- June 21, 2018 – The Grizzlies used their 1st round NBA Draft selection to pick 4th and take Michigan State Power Forward Jaren Jackson Jr.
- June 22, 2018 – The Grizzlies used their 2nd round NBA Draft selection to pick 32nd and take West Virginia Point Guard Jevon Carter.
- June 24, 2018 – The Grizzlies waived Omari Johnson.
- July 6, 2018 – The Grizzlies lost Tyreke Evans in free agency, who later signed with the Indiana Pacers.
- July 9, 2018 – The Grizzlies signed free agent Kyle Anderson, formerly of the San Antonio Spurs, to a 4-year contract worth $32.7 million dollars.
- July 11, 2018 – The Grizzlies signed free agent Omri Casspi, formerly of the Golden State Warriors.
- July 17, 2018 – The Grizzlies sent Deyonta Davis and Ben McLemore to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Garrett Temple.
- July 20, 2018 – The Grizzlies signed undrafted free agent, Yuta Watanabe, formerly of the George Washington Colonials, to a two-way contract.
- July 20, 2018 – The Grizzlies waived Myke Henry, who later signed with Ironi Nahariya.
- July 23, 2018 – The Grizzlies sent Jarell Martin to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Dakari Johnson.
- August 7, 2018 – The Grizzlies signed free agent Shelvin Mack, formerly of the Orlando Magic.
- August 16, 2018 – The Grizzlies signed undrafted free agent Markel Crawford, formerly of the Ole Miss Rebels.
- August 21, 2018 – The Grizzlies lost Briante Weber to free agency, who later signed with the Miami Heat.
- August 30, 2018 – The Grizzlies signed undrafted free agent Doral Moore, formerly of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
- September 4, 2018 – The Grizzlies signed undrafted free agent Brandon Goodwin, formerly of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles.
- September 24, 2018 – The Grizzlies signed undrafted free agent Ismaila Kane, formerly of the Atlanta Metro Trail Blazers.
- October 8, 2018 – The Grizzlies signed free agent D.J. Stephens, formerly of the Le Mans Sarthe Basket, to a two-way contract.
Memphis Grizzlies Starting 5
Mike Conley (PG) – Conley’s health has to be of a concern. Conley tore his Achilles tendon last year and ended his season and the question remains if he can return to full strength in 2018-2019.
Garrett Temple (SG) – Temple surprisingly found himself as the starter on the Grizzlies. He has veteran leadership and averaged double digits
Chandler Parsons (SF) – I have Parsons listed as the starter but don’t be surprised if Anderson works his way into more and more minutes. The pressure of having Anderson on his heels will benefit Parsons and force him to play better.
JaMychal Green (PF) – Green led the team in rebounds last year and is active on the boards. Green averaged double-digit scoring and will get the nod at starting PF.
Marc Gasol (C) – Gasol improved his long-range shooting last year but his real benefit is having the big body in the paint. Gasol averaged 17 points per game and 8 rebounds per game and with better shooters on the outside, he could end up being the main rebounder in Memphis.
Memphis Grizzlies Key Bench Players
Jaren Jackson Jr. (C/PF) – Jackson was the 4th overall selection in the draft this year and is expected to be the future face of the organization. He is a two-way player that is strong on both ends of the court.
Kyle Anderson (SF) – Anderson is a great compliment to Conley. Anderson has always been a clutch player who seems to be stronger in the moment then over the long course. Anderson has only averaged 8 points per game over his career but is very good in the moment.
Dillon Brooks (SG) – Brooks was a great snag for the Grizzlies. The second-round draft pick came in last year and in 82 games, he averaged 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists on a team that really wasn’t any good. His 3rd year could be one that we see him break out and make a name for himself.
2018 Predictions and Betting Outlook for Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are a team of a lot of talent but the majority are all young players. There are no real stars here and at this point, there are no franchise players on the team that really can be the leaders of the players on the court.
The Grizzlies should be better in 2018-2019 then they were in 2017-2018 but not by much. They are still a year away from being able to return to the postseason and at least a player or two away from being able to contend.
Our friends over at MyBookie have set the following lines on the Memphis Grizzlies:
- Odds to Win NBA Championship: +30000
- Odds to Win Western Conference Championship: +10000
- Odds to Win Southwest Division: +3500
- NBA Regular Season Wins Total: 34
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