New Orleans Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies Preview 12/16/08

NBA Betting Preview
New Orleans Hornets (13-7) at Memphis Grizzlies (9-15)
Tuesday, 8:05 pm Eastern


SBG Global Opening Line: Hornets    5   ,  Total  192


What looked like an easy win for the New Orleans Hornets earlier this season now looks like a tough game on Tuesday as they face the suddenly sizzling Memphis Grizzlies.  Memphis has won four straight and five of six overall.  They will try and keep their winning streak going against a New Orleans team that has beaten them six straight times. SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Hornets on the Road.


Memphis is coming off a 102-86 win over Miami on Sunday as rookie O.J. Mayo scored 28 points. “After we’ve gotten a couple of wins and seen that playing team basketball really gets you wins, guys are really working on it,” said Mike Conley, “Making sure that they’re making the extra pass and guys are getting open looks.”  Mayo has scored in double-digits in every game this season for the Grizzlies.  “As long as we play together, open it up for each other making an extra pass, a screen to get your teammate open, then I feel it makes the game a lot easier for us,” said Mayo.


New Orleans has won four of its last five games including 99-91 in Toronto on Sunday as Chris Paul had 12 points and 12 assists. New Orleans defeated Memphis 106-87 earlier this month.  The Hornets have won the last three games against the Grizzlies by an average of 16.6 points per game. 


Here are the NBA betting stats for Tuesday’s game. The Hornets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite. The Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite. The Hornets are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Southwest.


The Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home underdog. The Grizzlies are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. the Western Conference. The Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Southwest. The Grizzlies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the two teams.


SBG Global Current Line: Hornets    6   ,  Total  192


The Under is 7-1 in the Hornets last 8 road games. The Under is 5-1 in the Hornets last 6 vs. the Southwest. The Under is 4-1 in the Hornets last 5 games as a road favorite. The Under is 6-1 in the Grizzlies last 7 games as a home underdog. The Over is 20-7 in the Grizzlies last 27 Tuesday games.

The Over is 12-5 in the Grizzlies last 17 overall. The Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Memphis between the two teams.


Pick: Hornets/Grizzlies ov 2 out of 5 units

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