Grizzlies vs. Bucks Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for December 15 (Grizzlies Win Thriller at Home)

Adam Taylor McKillop
Find Grizzlies vs. Bucks predictions, betting odds, moneyline, spread, over/under and more for the December 15 NBA matchup.
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Grizzlies vs. Bucks Game Info

  • Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Venue: FedExForum -- Memphis, Tennessee
  • Coverage: NBA TV, BSSE, and BSWI

Thursday's short four-game slate features an intriguing matchup between two of the NBA's biggest stars. Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks visit Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies for an 8 p.m. ET clash at FedExForum in Memphis, TN.

Can the surging Grizzlies make it seven wins in a row? Or will the Bucks grab their 21st win of the year?

Grizzlies vs. Bucks Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: MEM: (-136) | MIL: (+116)
  • Spread: MEM: -2.5 (-106) | MIL: +2.5 (-114)
  • Total: 226.5 -- Over: (-108) | Under: (-112)

The Grizzlies enter this clash as slim home favorites on both the spread and moneyline. The over/under total sits at 226.5 points, which is the second-highest total on tonight's slate.

Grizzlies vs. Bucks Betting Trends

  • The Grizzlies compiled a 51-30-1 ATS record last year.
  • Against the spread, as underdogs of 1.5 points or more, the Bucks went 5-9 last year.
  • Last season, the combined scoring went over the point total 42 times in Grizzlies games.
  • There were 42 Bucks games (out of 82) that hit the over last season.

Grizzlies vs. Bucks Prediction & Pick

The Grizzlies' winning streak has been impressive, but the Bucks are the hardest team they've played since the Boston Celtics back in early November. Milwaukee is nearly as hot, having won four of its last five and eight of its last 10 games.

Point guard Jrue Holiday will miss his second consecutive contest for a Bucks team that just recently returned Giannis' right-hand man, Khris Middleton. Memphis is not dealing with any injuries outside of Desmond Bane, who hasn't played in more than a month and is expected to miss another 3-4 weeks with a toe injury.

Morant has been at the center of the Grizzlies' winning streak, averaging 25.5 points and 9.0 assists per game during the streak. Memphis has also posted the second-best defensive rating in basketball during its last 10 games, getting the job done on both sides of the court.

Milwaukee is a tough test. The Bucks' size is a problem for every team they play and they own the best rebounding average in basketball. Fortunately for Memphis, the Grizzlies are also dominant on the boards, ranking second in rebounding average.

Unless Giannis has one of those special nights, I think Memphis stays hot and improves its sterling home record to 13-2.

Final Score Prediction: Grizzlies: 117 | Bucks: 116

Grizzlies vs. Bucks Best Bet

Despite the defensive strength on both sides, the star power in this matchup will have both offenses flowing. The Bucks are a great team wherever they play and have the second-best road record in the league (7-4), so they won't shy away from the intimidating FedExForum.

I think this game plays close and Milwaukee keeps things within a possession until the final buzzer.

Bet: Bucks +2.5 (-114)

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Adam Taylor McKillop is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Adam Taylor also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username atmckillop. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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