Grizzlies vs. Celtics NBA expert prediction and odds for Sunday, Feb. 4 (How to bet total)

Betting odds, pick and prediction for the Boston Celtics' matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis.
Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis. / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Celtics will welcome Marcus Smart back to TD Garden on Sunday when they host the Memphis Grizzlies, although Smart (finger) won’t be in action. 

In fact, the Grizzlies have a laundry list of an injury report that features Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Smart and Jaren Jackson Jr. 

That’s led to Boston being favored by 18.5 points in this game, a massive spread for a Celtics team that has slipped up recently at home, going just 2-3 in its last five home games. 

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Let’s examine the odds and a best bet for this Celtics-Grizzlies battle on Sunday. 

Grizzlies vs. Celtics odds, spread and total

Grizzlies vs. Celtics how to watch

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 4
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. 
  • Venue: TD Garden
  • How to watch (TV): NBC Sports Boston, Bally Sports Southeast
  • Grizzlies record: 18-31
  • Celtics record: 37-12

Grizzlies vs. Celtics injury reports

Grizzlies injury report

  • Jaren Jackson Jr. – out
  • Ja Morant – out
  • Desmond Bane – out
  • Marcus Smart – out
  • Xavier Tillman – doubtful 
  • John Konchar – questionable
  • Jake LaRavia – out
  • Brandon Clarke – out
  • Victor Oladipo – out
  • Vince Williams Jr. – questionable
  • Ziaire Williams – out

Celtics injury report

  • Jaylen Brown – questionable
  • JD Davison – out
  • Luke Kornet – probable
  • Drew Peterson – out

Grizzlies vs. Celtics key players to watch

Memphis Grizzlies

GG Jackson II: A rookie second-round pick, Jackson II has shown that he deserves a role in Memphis for the long haul. He’s averaging 8.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game this season while shooting 39.3 percent from deep. He could see an expanded role with so many players out for Memphis tonight. 

Boston Celtics

Kristaps Porzingis: Porzingis could have a field day against a banged up Grizzlies frontcourt that won’t have JJJ and likely won’t have Xavier Tillman either on Sunday. Since returning from an ankle injury, KP has 17 points in back-to-back games, including 19 total rebounds. 

Grizzlies vs. Celtics prediction and pick

I don’t want a part of either side in this game, as Boston should be able to coast to a win, but this is a massive number to cover – especially if the team sits many of its starters in the second half. 

Instead, I’m looking at the total with the Grizzlies featuring one of the worst offenses in the NBA, especially with Jackson Jr. now ruled out. 

Memphis is averaging a league worst 107.8 points per game this season, including just 98.7 points over its last three matchups. 

Boston’s elite defense should shut the Grizzlies down, as the team ranks No. 4 in defensive rating. 

While I am concerned about Boston running up the score on its end, I can't imagine Joe Mazzulla keeps his starters in action much late in the game if the Celtics are up big. 

The Grizzlies are essentially a slightly better than a G League team tonight – if that. I’ll take the UNDER in what should be a lopsided game. 

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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