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Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/17/13

Memphis Grizzlies (4-5) at Sacramento Kings (2-6)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)

The Line: Sacramento Kings +2 -- Over/Under: 189 See the Latest Odds

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The Memphis Grizzlies head to Sacramento on Sunday to face off against the Kings.

The Sacramento Kings are sitting at 2-6 this season, and on their home court, the Kings are just 2-4 overall.  Sacramento has a very strong defense this season, holding opponents to an average of 98 points per game, ranking the Kings tenth overall in scoring defense.  In Sacramento’s last outing, the Kings fell to the Detroit Pistons 97-90 on Friday in Detroit.  The Kings have had to travel back across country home, and even with a day of rest, the time zone changes, and the travel could be a challenge for the Kings to overcome here on Sunday.

Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/17/13

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The Memphis Grizzlies are sitting at 4-5 this season, and even though the Grizzlies have had a tough schedule, Memphis has disappointed some at this point.  On the road this season, the Grizzlies are also struggling, going just 1-3 overall this season.  Like the Kings, the Memphis Grizzlies are playing very well on the defensive end of the court, allowing 97.9 points per game on the year, ranking them just one above the Kings, at ninth in the league.  Last time out for the Grizzlies, Memphis defeated the Lakers, in Los Angeles 89-86 on Friday.

The Memphis Grizzlies are just 1-7 against the spread this season, and when playing as a favorite, the Grizzlies are 1-4 against the number.  When playing on the road this season, the Memphis Grizzlies are 0-3 against the spread.  When the Grizzlies are playing against a team with a losing record, Memphis is 0-3 against the spread.

The Sacramento Kings are just 1-6 against the spread, and when playing as an underdog this season, the Kings are just 1-2 against the number.  When the Kings are coming off a loss against an upset loss as a favorite, Kings are 1-1 against the spread this season.

I have to back the Grizzlies in this spot.  I know the Kings are at home, but I think the Grizzlies are likely going to be the more rested team here.  Sacramento should keep it close, but the Grizzlies have just too much talent for Sacramento.

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Memphis -2

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