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Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 11/6/13

New Orleans Pelicans (1-3) at Memphis Grizzlies (2-2)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)

The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -8 -- Over/Under: 187 See the Latest Odds


The Memphis Grizzlies collide with the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night from FedExForum.

Head to head, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Grizzlies are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest, but just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Pelicans on the other hand are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 road games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. New Orleans Pelicans - 11/6/13

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It’s been a so-so start to the season for the Memphis Grizzlies thus far. Memphis comes into tonight’s game with a 2-2 record, however, they have had to work hard for those wins, needing extra time to take down the visiting Detroit Pistons then requiring a fourth-quarter surge to defeat the winless Boston Celtics on Saturday night in their last outing. The Grizzlies have played well enough offensively overall in the early stages, yet they still go through lapses where they break down and it’s such a struggle for them to score, just like in their season opener in San Antonio when they were outscored 30-7 in the second-quarter.

The New Orleans Pelicans have been one of the bigger disappointments in the NBA through the first week of play. Much was expect of this young Pelicans squad this season, however, they are yet to deliver as they come into tonight’s game with a 1-3 record, with that sole win coming at home against the Charlotte Bobcats. New Orleans has been hitting over 50% from long range in their first four games, despite the absence of Ryan Anderson, yet they are steuggling from the inside, connecting on just 39% from inside the three-point line. One player that hasn’t disappointed has been Anthony Davis, who has looked like an All-Star posting early averages of 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game.

I would normally take the under in this type of game, but I’ve been burned with just about every under I’ve taken this season. So I’m siding with the Pelicans and the points in this one. Don’t get me wrong, New Orleans aren’t very good at this point in time, but frankly neither are the Grizzles, who needed overtime to put away Detroit and then struggled against Boston. I just don’t trust Memphis on offense enough to take them as an eight point favorite…

Dan’s Pick: New Orleans +8

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