Grizzlies vs. Cavaliers Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Cavaliers are listed as a 13-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 205 points.
Memphis enters with a 7-14 overall record and 6-14.1 ATS after a 95-79 home loss to the Spurs, its 10th straight loss. Cleveland is 15-7 overall and 8-13-1 ATS following its 10th straight victory, a 121-114 win at the Hawks. The two meetings last season were split 1-1 straight up and 1-1 ATS. The under went 2-0.
The Grizzlies were paced by Marc Gasol with 16 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals in the loss to the Spurs. Ben McLemore contributed 14 points, two rebounds and two steals. Chandler Parsons added 12 points and two rebounds off the bench. Memphis was outscored 47-38 in the first half.
In the win at Atlanta, Kevin Love poured in 25 points to go with 16 rebounds and two assists. LeBron James tallied 24 points, 12 assists, six rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Dwyane Wade registered 19 points, four steals, three assists, two rebounds and two blocks. The Cavaliers trailed by four at halftime before outscoring the hosts by a margin of 36-23 in the third quarter.
Memphis is 5-15 ATS in the last 20 meetings. The under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Cleveland.
The Cavaliers are rolling, but they also sometimes play down to the opponent as their subpar record against the spread shows. While the Grizzlies are in the midst of an awful stretch, as a 13-point underdog there is a lot of room to stay within the number. Expect that to happen here. Before placing a bet, check on the status of Gasol as he is listed as questionable in the injury report.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES +13