It truly was a historic and significant week for the sports world, the state of Tennessee, and the Memphis Grizzlies. On November 1st, sports betting became official in Tennessee, providing fans with a whole new level of excitement and experience to their sports experience. The next day, the daily betting and fantasy site known as FanDuel entered into a multi-year promotional agreement with the Memphis Grizzlies, the first official deal between FanDuel and an NBA team. This provides an exclusive opportunity for Grizzlies fans to not only have more fun and enjoyment watching their favorite team play, but also plenty of chances to benefit themselves based off the Grizzlies successes.
While the arrival of sports betting in Tennessee is certainly a monumental development in its own right, the Grizzlies themselves also have an opportunity to truly shine in the spotlight. With more people likely to become frequently involved in both sports-betting and daily fantasy opportunities in Tennessee (responsibly, of course), the Grizzlies are a team that could become a frequent source of profit in both areas of interest.
The Grizzlies certainly were one of the biggest surprises of the 2019-2020 NBA season, as they finished just outside of the playoff race in the 9th spot in the Western Conference. Though their bubble experience as whole was disappointing, they ended their season on a high note and certainly have one of the best young cores in the NBA. However, beyond having a highly intriguing future in terms of NBA success, the Grizzlies also offer plenty of intriguing potential as a team to bet on for the foreseeable future.
Overall, the Grizzlies finished the 2019-2020 season with a 34-39 record, which was tied for the 16th best mark in the NBA. Basically, they finished right at average compared to their NBA counterparts, but emerged as one of the biggest overachievers in terms of how many more actual wins they got compared to their projected wins before the season. Along with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Grizzlies were were one of the two biggest overachievers in the NBA right around the time the season was suspended due to COVID-19.
Beyond their actual record, the Grizzlies better than expected results was also reflected in their numbers “against the spread”. Overall, Memphis finished 11th in the NBA in terms of ATS, with an overall record of 37-36-1, another indication that the Grizzlies performed better than expected this season. Though they ranked 22nd on the road with a record of 16-20-1, they finished fifth in the NBA with a home record of 21-16. This is a good confirmation that many of the special moments we saw this season from the Grizzlies was no fluke. In FedExForum, this team truly has proven it can compete with anyone. As a result, future Grizzlies home games could be dates to circle and target for those willing to wager and hoping to make a profit.
Another aspect of gambling that certainly comes into play with the NBA is the over/under lines. In terms of over/under measures, the Grizzlies were 33-41 this season, which ranked 27th in the NBA. They were also 27th in the league with a 15-22 o/u record at home, but improved to 18th with a 18-19 o/u record on the road.
Though they were below average in terms of their over/under marks, the Grizzlies finished right in the middle of the NBA in terms of points per game this past season. They finished 12th in points per games on the road and 16th in points per game at home, good for 14th with 112.6 points per game overall. However, the significance of their overall points per game average grows when you consider their success in games they exceeded 113 points. In the 40 games this season in which the Grizzlies scored 113 or more points, they were 27-13. With a young core that has a enormous ceiling offensively, as they consistently get better, there is a good chance they could be one of the best scoring teams in the NBA, and a good profitable source to invest in for both ATS and O/U wagers.
Another byproduct of the Grizzlies talented youth, overall potential, and fast style of play is the significant fantasy value the Memphis roster offers, both individually and as a whole. For example, the Grizzlies ranked second in the league in team assists per game and fifth in team rebounds per game. They were the only team to finish in the top five in both categories. In a game that relies heavily on counting stats, the Grizzlies’ roster offers more upside than most NBA teams to find valuable contributors for you to draft due the amount of opportunities they create per game. Furthermore, the unique all around games of talents such as Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. allow for them to be rare across the board contributors that will benefit any fantasy roster.
The other aspect of the Grizzlies that allows for them to be a great source of fantasy value is their depth. One big advantage that emerged for the Grizzlies this season was the productivity of their bench, as their reserves lead the NBA in assists per game and field goal percentage. With historically efficient players such as Brandon Clarke and Tyus Jones entering the game as reserves, the Grizzlies have a plethora of profitable additions that could make sense in on any daily, redraft, or dynasty roster. Specifically in daily leagues, finding productive and efficient reserves is a great way to find success, as the production will be cheaper and allow for you to have more to invest in true difference makers to add to your squad.
However you choose to embrace the new opportunities that will come from the partnership between FanDuel and the Memphis Grizzlies, there will certainly be plenty of options to consider. This becomes even more exciting when you consider the fact that frequently investing and utilizing in the Grizzlies and players has good potential to make your fan experience profitable, both literally and figuratively.
Without a doubt, the Memphis Grizzlies already were one of the best up and coming attractions in the NBA. Through the partnership with FanDuel and the many ways to enjoy betting and daily fantasy opportunities, that level of attraction should only improve for Grizzlies’ fans into the future.