Grizzlies vs. Pacers Pick
It’s a near toss-up game tonight when the Indiana Pacers host the Memphis Grizzlies at 7PM ET. Which team has the edge?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Grizzlies are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -1 point against the Pacers. The over/under total for the game is listed at 203.5 points. Memphis has won and covered the spread in five straight meetings with the Pacers.
Indiana is really struggling right now, having lost six straight. The Pacers decided not to make any major moves involving Paul George. They currently sit at sixth in the Eastern Conference standings at 29-28 on the season. The Pacers are 25-31-1 against the spread on the season and they average 105.5 points per game on offense while allowing 106.4 on defense. However, when at home, Indiana is putting up 106.8 points on offense and allowing 103.5 on defense. George is leading the team with 22.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. Myles Turner is adding 15.6points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
Memphis is coming off a 95-91 loss to the Pelicans before the All-Star break. The Grizzlies are now 34-24 on the season. They also are 30-28 against the spread on the season. Memphis is averaging 100.8 points to lead the offense while the defense is giving up just 99.5 per game. When on the road, the Grizz both score and allow 104 points per contest. Marc Gasol is leading the team with 20.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while Mike Conley is adding 19.3 points and 6.2 assists per game.
Memphis has won five of its last six road games and has been a steady team all season. Indiana has been a mess right now and all of the trade talk probably hasn’t solidified the locker room to get back on track. I like the matchup for Memphis and that’s not considering all of Indiana’s recent struggles.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES -1