NBA Free Pick – Friday, January 17

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The Memphis Grizzlies host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the FedEx Forum in our NBA free pick for Friday. The Memphis Grizzlies have been the team to watch after the holidays. They have picked up their play and earned a six game win streak. Meanwhile the Cavaliers are set to be Eastern Conference basement dwellers. Before we get into our preview for tonight’s match, we would like to remind our readers that our NBA picks are now available for purchase. You can get today’s picks for only $5.

Memphis Grizzlies vs Cleveland Cavaliers

Friday, January 17 – 20:00 EST – FedEx Forum

The Memphis Grizzlies are on a fierce mission to earn a playoff spot this year. They are 8-2 in their last ten as they sit in the eighth and final playoff spot. The highlights of this six game win streak have come against the Clippers and Rockets. Two teams who are ahead of them in the Western Conference. The game against the Clippers was particularly impressive as the score was heavily in favour of the Grizzlies (140-114). Ja Morant is making an insurmountable case for rookie of the year. He is far and beyond the biggest contributor on this team and he is doing so at the tender age of 20. Morant played a whopping 37 minutes in their latest win against the Rockets. He put up 26 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds. The Grizzlies get the Cavaliers tonight and the Pelicans on Monday.

The Cavaliers will have their hands full facing one of the hottest teams in the league. The Cavaliers have been quite the miserable team this year. They do not have star power anymore since LeBron James departed the franchise. That’s okay however, sometimes teams don’t need a superstar if they have the right ensemble of talent around. Unfortunately the Cavaliers have neither. This roster lacks serious mid level talent. There is no denying that this team needs a heavy amount of work on the management side. They must use the draft to rebuild. There is no other solution for the Cavaliers. They had the displeasure of playing the Clippers and Lakers in back to back nights for their last two games. It’s no surprise that these both ended in losses for Cleveland.

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