Pistons vs. Grizzlies Pick
The Detroit Pistons have lost their playoff opportunity. Will they put up any fight against the Memphis Grizzlies on the road at 6PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Memphis is the clear favorite at home, as the Grizzlies are getting odds of -7 points against the Pistons. The over/under total for the game is listed at 196 points. Memphis won the first meeting at Detroit, 98-86, back on Dec. 21. The Grizz have won and covered in three straight meetings with the Pistons.
Detroit is coming off a big 114-109 win at Houston on Friday to improve to 36-43 on the season, but the Pistons saw their playoff lives end when the Bulls and Heat each went 2.5 games ahead of them. Detroit is now 37-42 against the spread this season while averaging 101.2 points per game on offense and allowing 102.4 on defense. Over their last five games, Detroit is putting up 101.4 on offense while giving up 101.6 on defense. Tobias Harris is leading the team with 16.2 points per game while Andre Drummond adds 13.9 points and 13.9 rebounds.
Memphis is coming off a 101-88 win over the Knicks on Friday to move to 43-37 on the season. The Grizzlies are locked into the seventh seed in the West, not being able to move up or down. Memphis is 41-39 against the spread on the season and covering in four of their last six games. The Grizz average 100.7 points per game on offense while allowing 100.0 on defense. Over its last five games, Memphis puts up 98.4 on offense while allowing 96.8 on defense. Mike Conley leads the team with 20.7 points and 6.4 assists per game while Marc Gasol adds 19.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest.
Detroit should be mixing and matching some new lineups today as they try to figure out how their roster will look next season now that they are out of the playoffs. Memphis doesn’t have much to play for, but the Grizz will still keep their key players active and they should still be strong on defense. Their defense will pose problems for the Detroit team that doesn’t have a great deal of fire power.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES -7