Hawks vs. Grizzlies Pick
Which struggling team will pick up a rare win tonight when the Memphis Grizzlies host the Atlanta Hawks at 8PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Memphis is favored at home tonight, as the Grizzlies are getting odds of -6 points against Atlanta. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 198 points. The road team has won three of the last four between these two and has covered in all four of the games. These two will meet from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee.
Atlanta is coming off a 105-91 loss to the Pistons at home last night for their third straight loss and fifth in six games. The Hawks are 6-22 this season and 3-12 on the road. Atlanta does have a 14-13-1 record against the spread. The Hawks have managed to cover in four of their last five games. Atlanta really struggles on defense, giving up 109.1 points per game. On offense, the Hawks put up 103.5 points per game. Dennis Schroder is leading the team with 19.7 points and 6.5 assists per game while Taurean Prince is adding 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest.
Memphis is coming off a 93-87 loss at Washington on Wednesday night for its fifth straight loss. The Grizzlies are just 8-20 on the year and only 5-11 at home. Memphis is also only 10-17-1 against the spread for the season, but the Grizz have covered in two of their last three. Memphis is struggling offensively, averaging only 97.2 points per game while the defense allows 101.5 per contest. Memphis is dealing with injuries to top scorers Tyreke Evans and Mike Conley. Evans could play tonight despite a hip injury. Marc Gasol is leading the team with 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per contest.
Both teams have struggled straight up, but the Hawks have been pretty reliable at the betting window. They have covered in their last four road games and in seven of their last 10 overall. Memphis is still figuring out life without some of their top scorers, while the Hawks know exactly what they have. I don’t feel good about laying multiple points with this Memphis team. The public betting siding with the Grizz, but I think the Hawks find a way to cover.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: ATLANTA HAWKS +6