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(22-24) Charlotte Hornets vs. Memphis Grizzlies (19-28)
Date: Wednesday January 23
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Grizzlies -3
NBA Betting Total: 210
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Two rather sagging organizations meet up in western Tennessee on Wednesday night, as the Hornets are in town to do battle with the limping Grizzlies.
The visitors are coming off a blowout loss to Indiana, but they were looking quite good before that. The Grizz, meanwhile, have been finding new and creative ways to lose during an especially low spell recently. It could be a nice opportunity to turn things around at home against just a so-so opponent.
Before the Pacers humiliation, the Buzz had one their previous three ballgames, besting the Suns, the Kings and the Spurs. However, Charlotte is notoriously poor on the road, with a road record of just 6-16.
For years now, the offensive engine room of the Hornets has been guard Kemba Walker. The former UConn product is having another productive campaign, with 25 points per game and over 5.5 assists per. Unlike years past, Walker gets some balanced help on the roster; the Hornets are solid team rebounding team, with five players averaging over five boards.
The scoring options besides Walker are Jeremy Lamb, Malik Monk and Marvin Williams. Those three are in the double digits, plus Charlotte features longtime San Antonio hero Tony Parker kicking around for some veteran savvy and locker-room presence.
Walker is really nice player, but the Hornets just don’t have the depth or the collection of stars that some of the other top teams in the East (Milwaukee, Toronto, Boston) feature. Even if Milwaukee’s depth isn’t much better, Walker is great but he isn’t a mega-mega superstar like Milwaukee’s Giannis.
Currently sitting in the eighth seed in the East, for Charlotte to hang onto its postseason aspirations, the Hornets must be the teams they are supposed to, and the Grizzlies would qualify.
The Grizzlies have been in a proper tailspin over the past few weeks. The Grizz have been crushed in back-to-back games by the New Orleans Pelicans and the Toronto Raptors. It’s part of a very worrying six straight losses, which puts Memphis in last in its Southwest division.
Memphis was competitive for a lot of years with the core of Mike Conley and Marc Gasol, but that dynamic duo is getting over the hill, if they aren’t there already. There isn’t enough in the cupboard otherwise for the Grizzlies to feed a competitive team night in, night out.
Memphis has to win at some point, and in front of the dwindling home fans on Wednesday night is as good a time as any. Though the Grizzlies are just .500 at home (11-11), that’s a damn sight better than their away mark. After this many losses, a team has to show some signs of desire to get off the mat, don’t they?
NBA Betting Trends:
- CHA are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games.
- MEM are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games.
- MEM are 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
- Under is 6-2 in MEM last 8 games as a favorite.
- Road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Charlotte Hornets vs. Memphis Grizzlies NBA Prediction:
Even in a league that famously has haves and have-nots, the Grizzlies have looked listless lately. If they can play with any kind of a a rhythm, the visiting Hornets are average enough to facilitate a victory for the home team.
But still, Memphis must show something more than a propensity to lose by 15-20 points, like they have over the past few tilts. For that reason, I’ll reluctantly call for the home side Grizzlies to pull out a narrow win over Charlotte in the FedExForum.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Grizzlies -3
Expect a close game, but maybe not the pinnacle of the professional sport (can you sense the tongue-in-cheek?) on Wedneday night in the South.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Grizzlies 111 – Hornets 105
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