Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves - 10/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Timberwolves (40-42) at Memphis Grizzlies (50-32)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -8.5 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-N, SPSO
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies play Wednesday night at the FedExForum.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will finally find out what life is really going to be like without superstar Kevin Love. While the star power is gone from Minnesota, the Timberwolves have some young talent in place to be excited about moving forward. Ricky Rubio is one of the better young point guards in the game and Thaddeus Young has been a consistent scorer for the last six seasons. Anthony Bennett should also improve with a full season under his belt and less pressure being on a new team. Of course, everybody is wondering how Andrew Wiggins is going to perform as a rookie, as he was the ultimate prize in the Love deal. I also like the addition of Mo Williams, as he adds some experience to a young roster and a much needed scoring spark off the bench. I like the direction the Minnesota Timberwolves are taking, but it’s going to take time for everything to fall into place.
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The Memphis Grizzlies hope to make the playoffs for the fifth straight season and with nearly the same veteran roster returning they should. The tag team tandem of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol remains one of the more physical and dominant big man duos we’ve seen in a while. The Grizzlies also added Vince Carter, who may have lost his prime ages ago but is still capable of hitting big shots and dropping double digits most nights. The main issue I have with the Grizzlies is the lack of scoring that’s haunted them over the years. Yes, Mike Conley is one of the more underrated point guards and improved his game tremendously last season, but there’s not enough offensive firepower to help Memphis get over that hump. Still, the Memphis Grizzlies are one of those squads most teams in the league don’t want to play.
The Timberwolves are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Grizzlies are 4-11-2 ATS in their last 17 vs. the Western Conference and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 vs. the NBA Northwest. The Timberwolves are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Memphis.
Is Memphis capable of beating a team by double digits? I mean, there's a reason they don't cover a ton of games and it's because they can't score consistently. While I don't love this game, I'll take my chances by taking the Timberwolves and the boatload of points.