Grizzlies vs. Raptors NBA expert prediction and odds for Monday, Jan. 22 (Injury plagued Grizzlies can cover)

NBA betting preview, prediction and best bet for Grizzlies-Raptors. 
Jan 18, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) dribbles,
Jan 18, 2024; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) dribbles, / Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The struggling Memphis Grizzlies have been dealt a heavy blow with injuries this season and have dropped four of their last five games, including the first two of its current road trip. Memphis was outplayed in Minnesota and Chicago, falling by double digits. Do the Grizzlies have value as an underdog once again?

The Raptors have lost six of seven after falling to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden over the weekend. Toronto dealt star forward Pascal Siakam to the Pacers and the franchise could make more moves before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 8. 

Here is the betting preview for Monday’s matchup with a best bet. 

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Grizzlies vs. Raptors odds, spread and total 

Grizzlies vs. Raptors how to watch

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 22 
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Venue: Scotiabank Arena
  • How to watch (TV): Bally Sports
  • Grizzlies record: 15-27
  • Raptors record: 16-27 

Grizzlies vs. Raptors injury reports

Memphis Grizzlies injury report

  • Xavier Tillman (knee): questionable

Toronto Raptors injury report

  • No injuries to report 

Grizzlies vs. Raptors key players to watch

Memphis Grizzlies

Jaren Jackson Jr.: Jackson has provided consistency in a lineup that has had a lot of moving parts with the injuries the Grizzlies have dealt with. Jackson is 35th in the NBA in scoring at 21.7 points per game and has started the road trip with 35 points against Minnesota and 26 against Chicago, combining to go 23-of-41 from the field. 

Toronto Raptors

R.J. Barrett: Since being acquired by his hometown Raptors Dec. 30, Barrett is averaging 20.2 points per game, which would be a career-high if he can keep up that pace. He was a bright spot in Toronto’s 126-100 loss to the Knicks, finishing with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Barrett is shooting 53.1% from the field (34-of-64) over the last four games since being held to 4 points in a blowout loss to Utah. 

Grizzlies vs. Raptors prediction and pick

Both teams have been better for backers on the road this season.

Memphis is 12-11 ATS on the road and Toronto is 10-11 ATS at home. Each squad is also struggling with chemistry considering Memphis’ constantly changing rotation and Toronto’s newcomers via trade. The Raptors’ three additions from the Siakam deal played in the loss to the Knicks. Toronto couldn’t put a full game together and were outscored by 24 in the second half. 

The Grizzlies don't have the offense to scare any team, but the Grizzlies are still getting quality play from Jackson and they have a decent matchup against an inexperienced Raptors’ defense that ranks in the bottom half of the league in scoring, defensive rating and rebounding. 

Both of these franchises are headed for lost seasons and rosters might shift dramatically two weeks from now when the deadline rolls around. After 10 consecutive games getting points, Toronto is now favored for the first time since New Year’s Day. Don’t trust a bad team to win by margin. Take the points with Memphis. 

Game odds update periodically and are subject to change.