Free NBA Pick: Grizzlies vs Pelicans NBA Odds
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(40-30) Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans (29-41)
Date: Tuesday, March 21
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center – New Orleans, Louisiana
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: New Orleans -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 205
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Tuesday NBA sees a matchup between two hot teams. The difference between the two is that one is playing for playoff positioning while the other is just trying to qualify for the postseason.
*All statistics, standings, rankings, records and trends are current as of this writing at 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 20, 2017.
The Grizzlies enter this contest as the seventh team in the Western Conference.
Although that should be their bottom this season (the top seven are pretty much a lock, even if the placement of each team is not), that’s disappointing considering this team was in the hunt for home-court advantage not too long ago.
The good news for Memphis is that it’s less than three games out of the fourth seed.
There’s little reason to believe this group won’t climb at least one spot higher by the end of the year, but winning winnable games, like this one, are crucial to making that happen.
So far this season, Memphis is averaging 101.4 points per game. That number is only good enough for 27th in the league, but that shouldn’t be surprising considering the identity of this squad.
Defensively is where this team makes a name for itself. It’s allowing opponents to score just 100.4 points per night, which is good enough for fourth in the league.
This team lives off of its defense, and will do so Monday night against the Pelicans.
New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans made the deadline trade to acquire DeMarcus Cousins because it desperately wanted to make the postseason. As it turns out, the team is in fact desperate with its current positioning.
Entering this game, the Pelicans are just 11th in the Western Conference. They are only four and a half games out of the eighth spot, but at this juncture it seems far more likely the Portland Trail Blazers or Dallas Mavericks overtake the Denver Nuggets than this group.
New Orleans is scoring 103.6 points per night. That number puts them at 20th leaguewide.
This group is allowing opponents to score 106 points per night. That number is good enough for 18th in the NBA.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win
- Pelicans are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Tuesday games.
- Pelicans are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Pelicans are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Western Conference
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction:
Picking the Pelicans at -2.5 in this one makes no sense. Yes, this team is desperate to make the playoffs — and yes, this team has miraculously won four of its last five. But here’s the catch: Memphis is just as hot and is far more talented from top to bottom.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Memphis ATS.
The Pellies have the two best players on the floor in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, but the Grizzlies are a disciplined group that grits and grinds to wins en route to playoff positioning.
The Pelicans are destined for the lottery, and will improve that positioning when the Grizzlies steal this one not just against the spread, but straight up as well.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies 103 – New Orleans Pelicans 97
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