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(21-56) Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans (43-34)
Date: Wednesday, April 4
Time: 9:30 PM EST
Venue: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Pelicans -12.5
NBA Betting Total: 217
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In the puzzling season of the Grizzlies, they actually won two games against playoff-level competition last week, one against Portland and another in Minnesota.
Now, Minnesota has been flakey down the stretch and Portland looked downright sleepy in Memphis, but it was still two wins that no one would have ever looked twice at it they were both losses.
Those two wins could be the difference between positioning themselves to win the Lottery and second place. Right now, Phoenix leads the Grizzlies by two games in the standings and have a 25 percent chance at landing the top pick, with no chance of picking any lower than fourth.
Memphis would have a 20 percent chance at drafting first, if it ends the season where it is now, with the second-worst record in basketball. The Grizzlies could potentially end up fifth if things go badly in the lottery, from the second spot, though.
It felt like Marc Gasol was out with an injury for some time in the New Year, but he’s just been really quiet. He’s had some big games in the last couple weeks though.
But it’s generally been a fast and sudden fall from being one of the best centers in the league to an afterthought this season for Gasol. Pau has had a better season.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans have lost four in a row, all against good teams, and are now the final playoff team in the West. They are just a game ahead of Denver, which I believe has the tiebreaker because it won two of the three head-to-head matchups with New Orleans this season.
So it’s now or never for the Pelicans. They absolutely must win these last two games against Memphis and Phoenix before a difficult final three games against the Warriors, Clippers and Spurs. At least, those games look tough on paper now; you never know who is going to be playing, and how hard, when they actually arrive.
Meanwhile, Denver just beat Milwaukee in a huge game at home that went to overtime. It’s got its next two at home against Indiana and Minnesota before finishing at the Clippers, home against Portland and in Minnesota. That’s no easy rodeo for the Nuggets, either.
FiveThirtyEight projects the Pelicans with one more win than Denver at the moment. Honestly, I may be willing to lay -10000 on the Pelicans in this game at home. They cannot lose on Wednesday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 11-3-1 in MEM last 15 vs. NBA Southwest.
- Over is 6-2 in MEM last 8 overall.
- Under is 8-3 in MEM last 11 vs. Western Conference.
- Under is 6-2 in NO last 8 Wed. games.
- Head to Head: MEM are 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.
Free Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans NBA Prediction: Pelicans route.
Right from the start, all New Orleans.
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NBA Free Score Prediction: Memphis 94 – New Orleans 115
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