NBA Betting: Grizzlies Lay Points To Jazz as They Battle For Playoff Spot
- Updated: March 26, 2014
The Memphis Grizzlies are a team that got off to kind of a late start in getting squarely into the Western Conference playoff picture. But right now they are knee deep, embroiled in a three-way race for two spots at the back end of the playoff order in this ultra-competitive conference. On Wednesday night they will pay a visit to the Utah Jazz in basketball betting action that is slated to get underway at 10:35 PM ET at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City. It is the second half of an ESPN doubleheader.
Memphis has a record of 42-28 straight-up, which puts it in seventh place in the West. They are just three percentage points ahead of the Dallas Mavericks, who won an overtime decision against Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, and a half-game ahead of the Phoenix Suns. The Grizzlies have a record of 34-35-1 against the basketball pointspread.
Utah is 23-48 straight-up, which gives the Jazz the worst record in the West. They are also one of the least profitable teams in the conference, with a ledger of 30-38-3 against the basketball odds.
Memphis Grizzlies -8
Utah Jazz +8
Over 184.5 points -110
Under 184.5 points -110
Memphis, which made it to the West finals last season, where they got swept by San Antonio, has won 27 of its last 36 games, enabling this team, in Dave Joerger’s first year as head coach, to come in through the back door against clubs like Dallas and Phoenix. They have won eight of their last 10 straight-up, and there is very little secret as to how they have done it, because it is how the Grizzlies have done it over the last couple of seasons: defense. During this latest 10-game run, the Grizzlies have held their opponents below 42% shooting seven times. This is a deliberate team, which takes its time on offense and looks to pound the ball inside, and they also make their opposition work hard for shots on the other end. One result, when they are playing well, is that the games will be low-scoring, and indeed, six of the last seven contests Memphis has engaged in have gone under the total as it has been posted in the basketball betting odds.
VietBet customers also know that you’ve got to get some offensive spark, and that is why point guard Mike Conley has come in handy, as he has shot 54% over the last five games. In Monday night’s contest against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team shot almost 53% and held a 59-49 rebounding edge. These guys did it THEIR way, with 66 points in the paint. The Grizzlies were coming off a sublime defensive performance against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, in which they held of the Eastern Conference leaders to 36.5% shooting.
The story with Utah has been quite a bit more depressing. The once-proud Jazz have lost 12 of their last 14 games, and they come into this game on a particularly low note (pardon the pun), having lost 114-94 to the non-contending Detroit Pistons, as they displayed their own version of “matador” defense, surrendering 55% shooting. One bright spot was Gordon Hayward’s 32 points, but basketball bettors need to understand that Utah does not carry much of a home-court advantage these days, having lost four of their last five in Salt Lake City, with the only victory being a nail-biter against the lowly Orlando Magic. In their last dozen games, Utah has gone 2-8-2 against the NBA pointspread.
There is the slight hope for relief, to a certain extent, on Wednesday night, as Tony Allen, the defensive stopper for Memphis, is listed as questionable with a stomach illness that kept him out of Monday’s game against Minnesota. On balance, however, anyone making basketball betting picks might feel much more secure on the visiting side in this encounter.
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