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Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 1/15/14

Memphis Grizzlies (17-19) at Milwaukee Bucks (7-30)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)

The Line: Milwaukee Bucks +4.5 -- Over/Under: 183 See the Latest Odds


The Memphis Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Bucks meet for the first time this season at the Harris Bradley Center.

The Bucks have lost their last six games and will still be licking their wounds after getting trounced by the Raptors by 22 points on Tuesday. Ersan Illyasova had a monster game of 29 points and nine rebounds, but after falling by 38-24 heading into the second quarter, the Bucks looked deflated and could do little to slow down the red-hot Raptors. With the loss, Milwaukee drop to 7-30 overall and 4-16 on the road.

Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 1/15/14

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Meanwhile, the Grizzlies will be going for a fourth straight win after taking down the Thunder by 90-87 last night. Courtney Lee led the team with 24 points, while Zach Randolph added 23 points and 13 rebounds, but the highlight of the night belonged to Marc Gasol who returned to the court and had 12 points and four rebounds in 24 minutes as he works his way back into game shape. Defensively, the Grizzlies couldn't do much to slow down Kevin Durant who poured in 37 points, but they kept everyone else under 34 percent to grind their way to a hard-fought win. 

In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win and 7-0 ATS in their last seven games overall, while the Bucks are 22-48 ATS in their last 70 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games following a loss.

Head to head, the Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Milwaukee.

You have to be a real optimist to take the Bucks against any team these days. I'm more of a realist and will happily follow the betting public and take the Grizzlies to win and cover tonight.

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Memphis -5

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