The NBA hopes to be back full steam for the 2020-21 season, which means two big things for Tennesseans. The first is that Memphis Grizzlies fans could be welcomed back in the stands for games at FedExForum.
The second is that you’ll be able to bet on the Grizzlies, and on all kinds of NBA action, right in Tennessee. The state’s first online sportsbooks are available for the start of the 2020-21 NBA season. That means you can bet on the Grizzlies on your phone, tablet or computer from anywhere inside state borders.
With Ja Morant winning the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year award and Grizzlies’ management surrounding him with a talented young core, there are a lot of reasons to get excited about this team’s future. Betting on the Grizzlies with a TN online sportsbook app is certainly one. Here’s how you can bet on the Grizzlies online in Tennessee and a little about why the Grizzlies have become such a good bet.
You can bet on the Grizzlies to win the NBA Finals all year long through NBA futures odds. In fact, you can bet on the Grizzlies or any other NBA team you like to win its division, conference, a number of regular season games, or the NBA Finals.
Odds change regularly alongside a team’s chances throughout the offseason, preseason, regular season, and NBA playoffs. Here’s a look at where the NBA futures odds stand right now at TN online sportsbooks:
Winning the 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year means you might hear Ja Morant’s name in next season’s MVP conversation. Whether you believe the hype or not, you can bet on Morant or any other MVP candidates in the NBA MVP futures market.
NBA MVP odds are posted for Morant and other players well ahead of the season. Those odds are then tweaked throughout the year based on players’ chances of winning this most coveted honor. Here’s a look at where the odds currently stand:
Betting the NBA at DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM or otherwise ise\ easy and efficient, especially if you use a sportsbook app, but there are a few simple things required before you can get started. First off, you’ll need an account.
To get started, click through one of the links on this page to jump to the TN online sportsbook of your choice. Once at the site, you can sign up for a new betting account and download the sports betting app for your Android or iOS phone or tablet. You can also sign up after downloading the app.
You’ll be required to enter some personal information, including your name, email address and the last four digits of your Social Security number. Enter any promo code or bonus code for the online sportsbook of your choice when prompted. You’ll find that information right here, and it’ll ensure you get the best bonus available when you register.
Online sportsbooks will verify your identity using the Social Security information you provided. They’ll also make sure you are inside state lines using geolocation technology. If you’re betting by phone, you’ll likely need to download the geolocation app, as well.
After your account is open and any free bets have been credited to it, you will likely choose to deposit some money in your account to bet. Deposit methods are similar to any online transaction these days and include:
You’ll find the cashier tab in the sportsbook lobby on either your computer or phone. Then, just pick your method of deposit, enter your details, and follow the prompts. For most methods, once you confirm the deposit, you should have the money in your account to bet with right away.
To find your Memphis Grizzlies betting options, browse through the NBA markets under the “Basketball” or “NBA” tabs on the sportsbook. Find the odds on the game or futures bet you like and select. Your bet will automatically be moved to the betting slip on the right side of your screen.
On the betting slip, you can see the line you chose and enter the amount you wish to bet. It’ll show you the expected payout on a winning bet given that amount and the current odds. If you want to confirm, just click “confirm bet” and your action is official.
Before confirming your ticket, you can also easily add other bets to turn it into a parlay or start a new betting slip with other single-game or single-player bets. The bet slip will show you the potential payout of any and all of your bets before you need to confirm and submit your bet.
The global COVID-19 pandemic pushed the 2019-20 NBA playoffs and the NBA Finals to the fall of 2020. That means the 2020-21 regular season won’t start until at least Dec. 25, 2020.
The NBA has announced training camp has been delayed to November, and while the league still plans to hold an 82-game regular season in 2020-21, officials say the schedule will most certainly be condensed. That said, the NBA has not committed to any dates, and may further delay the start of the season until January 2021.
The NBA wants to comply with local heath orders, but it also wants to let fans back into arenas to watch games. As a result, the league is considering starting the season inside a bubble, like it did for the 2019-20 regular season wrap-up and playoffs.
The 2020-21 regular season schedule may also be revised to include less travel. However, the league still hopes to start the 2020-21 playoffs in April 2021 and the NBA Finals in June 2021. All of that means the 2020-21 Memphis Grizzlies schedule has yet to be finalized, and although it will most certainly be condensed, nothing is set just yet.
The Memphis Grizzlies celebrated the team’s 25th NBA season in 2019-20, although it was just its 19th in Memphis. After trading away franchise cornerstones Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, then drafting Murray State’s Ja Morant second overall, the Grizzlies had a whole new look to start the 2019-20 season.
Behind the play of Morant, who ultimately won the league’s Rookie of the Year award, the Grizzlies were competitive and were one of the 22 teams invited to the NBA’s bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida to fight for a playoff spot.
Inside the bubble, the Grizzlies earned a spot in the NBA’s first postseason play-in game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland won the game and the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies ultimately finished ninth in the Western Conference with a record of 34-39, but with many indications of a bright future ahead.
Here’s an example of a Grizzlies betting line you’ll find posted at TN online sportsbooks:
First, you’ll find the spread and the odds the bet will pay in brackets. Here, the Grizzlies are 3.5-point underdogs to the Lakers.
That means the Grizzlies have to either win the game outright, or lose by three points or fewer, for spread bets on the Grizzlies to win. If that happens, Memphis Grizzlies spread bettors will win $100, plus their bet back, for every $110 they bet.
Next, you’ll find the moneyline odds. Here, the Grizzlies are +155 underdogs to the Lakers. That means if the Grizzlies win the game outright, moneyline bets on them will pay $155, plus the bet back, for every $100 bet.
You can also see the Lakers are -175 moneyline favorites. That means if the Lakers win the game outright, moneyline bets on them will pay $100, plus the bet back, for every $175 bet.
Finally, you’ll find the totals line and the odds that any totals bets will pay in brackets. Here, you are betting that the total final score by the Lakers and Grizzlies combined will be over or under 203.5 points.
That half point ensures there will be no push. The over is 204 points or more, and the under is 203 points or fewer. Either way, totals bets will pay $100, plus the bet back, for every $110 bet.
You’ll find the same or nearly the same opening odds posted for most Grizzlies games at Tennessee online sportsbooks and sportsbooks all over the country, including Las Vegas, where sports betting has been legal for decades. However, by tipoff, odds may be different.
Sportsbooks make money from something called the vig, vigorish or juice. They set lines in an effort to draw an equal amount of betting action to both sides of a bet. The vig is the difference between what the losing side lays and how much the winning side gets paid.
Looking at the example above, you can see the point spread is Memphis Grizzlies +3.5 (-110) and LA Lakers -3.5 (-110). If an equal $1,100 is bet on either side at one TN sportsbook, that book will take in $2,200 in bets.
Then, if the Grizzlies win the game outright, that sportsbook will pay out $1,000 in winnings and return $1,100 in bets for a total of $2,100. In this case, you can see the sportsbook will keep $100 in vig from the $1,100 lost by Lakers bettors.
Banking on the vig means sportsbooks have zero interest in the outcome of any game. They don’t sweat results, but they do sweat the vig. In order to earn that vig, they need to draw an equal amount of betting to both sides of a bet. If more money comes in on one side, they’ll move the line to attract more dollars to the other.
In other words, if $2,200 is being bet on the Grizzlies at +3.5 (-110) and $0 on the Lakers at -3.5 (-110), they may move the line to LA Lakers -1.5 (-110) to attract more money to that side.
Because there’s likely more interest in betting on the Grizzlies at Tennessee sportsbooks than there is at sportsbooks in Las Vegas and the rest of the country, local sportsbooks could be more likely to adjust the lines on Grizzlies games.
That’s why the line in Vegas and in Tennessee may start out the same, but be quite different by the time tipoff arrives.
One of the best parts of legal online sports betting coming to Tennessee is the fact that live betting is coming with it. That means you can bet on the Grizzlies in the middle of a game at odds that change with the action on the floor.
Live betting lets you bet on almost every aspect of the game while it’s all happening. It happens pretty fast, though, which makes it well-suited for betting on your phone through the sportsbook app.
As the game progresses, you can hedge bets and try to make up for any pre-game betting mistakes. Plus, even more betting markets are open live, so you can prop bet on things like whether the Grizzlies will have the first quarter lead or if Ja Morant will score more than Zion Williamson when the Grizzlies face the Pelicans.
Odds will change with just about every bucket.
Rookie of the Year Ja Morant led the Memphis Grizzlies in points per game (17.8) and assists per game (7.3) in the 2019-20 regular season. Jonas Valančiūnas led the team in rebounding at 11.3 per game.
Jaren Jackson Jr. was close behind Morant at 17.4 ppg, as was Dillon Brooks at 16.2 ppg. Promising rookie Brandon Clarke averaged 12.1 points per game along with 5.9 rebounds.
This is notably different from the season before, when Mike Conley led the team in scoring at 21.1 points per game and 6.4 assists per game, although Valančiūnas did lead the team in rebounding at 8.6 per game.
Valančiūnas wasn’t with the team in the 2017-18 season. That season, JaMychal Green led the Grizz in rebounding with 8.4 per game. Tyreke Evans led the 2017-18 Grizzlies in assists with 5.2 per game, and MarShon Brooks led the team in scoring with 20.1 per game.
Here’s a look at how the Memphis Grizzlies have fared in the NBA draft for the past 10 years:
Here’s a look at the Memphis Grizzlies coaching staff for the 2020-21 season:
Taylor Jenkins is the Memphis Grizzlies’ fifth head coach since 2009. Here’s a look at the coaches that preceded him:
Address: 191 Beale St.
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Owner: City of Memphis
Operator: Memphis Basketball, LLC
Groundbreaking: June 20, 2002
Opening date: Sept. 6, 2004
Construction cost: $250 million
Other events hosted: Memphis Tigers (NCAA basketball), boxing, WWE, MMA, bull riding, monster trucks
You can watch Grizzlies games on FOX Sports Tennessee and FOX Sports Southeast. Plus, the games are broadcast on radio by WMFS-FM.
Below are the top five bars to watch Memphis Grizzlies games in Tennessee, according to Accidental Travel Writer: A Travel Blog for Sports Fans.
All five are members of the official Grizzlies Budweiser Bar Network.
During the NBA season you’ll find up-to-the-minute odds on any and all upcoming Memphis Grizzlies action. These odds come from the state’s top online sportsbooks, which means you can bet on them right here in Tennessee. Click directly on the odds to jump right to the sportsbook and claim your free bets or bonuses.
The Memphis Grizzlies started out playing in another country. They were the 1995-96 NBA expansion Vancouver Grizzlies playing in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The Vancouver Grizzlies were bad, never reaching the playoffs, and attendance dropped to league lows. In 1999, the owner of the NHL’s St. Louis Blues tried to buy the team and move it to St. Louis.
However, another buyer, Michael Heisley, eventually bought the team, and as many as seven US cities became candidates for the team’s relocation. Heisley chose Memphis because it demonstrated a large basketball fan base.
The Grizzlies moved to Memphis for the 2001-02 season and are about to mark their 20th season in Tennessee, with the six years in Vancouver long forgotten.
Over those 20 seasons, the Grizzlies’ best years came from 2010-2017. The Grit and Grind Grizzlies were a tough bunch who relied on Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in the frontcourt and were led by point guard Mike Conley in the backcourt.
The team reached its peak with a loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2013 Western Conference Finals.
Randolph signed with the Sacramento Kings in 2017. Gasol was traded to the Toronto Raptors in the 2018-19 season, and Conley was traded to the Utah Jazz ahead of the 2019-20 season.
However, the Grizzlies began to contend again in the 2019-20 season behind the play of Rookie of the Year Ja Morant, whom the team chose second overall in the 2019 NBA draft.
Heisley sold the Grizzlies to California tech billionaire Robert Pera in 2012.
Robert Pera bought the Grizzlies in 2012. He is the founder of Ubiquiti Networks, a global communications technology company. At 36, he earned a spot on the Forbes’ 10 Youngest Billionaires in the World list.
According to SeatGeek.com, Grizzlies tickets can be bought for as little as $10. The average price is $88.
The Grizzlies have made the playoffs 10 times. However, they’ve only made it out of the first round three times. The team’s best ever finish came in 2013 with a loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.
In 2020, Forbes estimated the Grizzlies were worth $1.3 billion. That’s last among the 30 teams in the NBA. Plus, it’s below the league average of $2.1 billion.
The Grizzlies have retired Zach Randolph’s No. 50 and Tony Allen’s No. 9 jerseys. Additionally, they have also said they will ultimately retire Marc Gasol’s No. 33 and Mike Conley’s No. 11 jerseys, as well.
The Memphis Grizzlies can be found on Twitter @memgrizz.