Indiana Pacers vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 10/31/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (1-0) at Indiana Pacers (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers +6 -- Over/Under: 186 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies look to make it two consecutive wins when they take on the Indiana Pacers tonight.
In the preseason, Marc Gasol said that he would make sure to be more aggressive on the team's offense and I guess he isn't a liar because he lit up the Timberwolves for a career-high 32 points on Wednesday night. Zach Randolph added 25 points and Mike Conley had 16 as the Grizzlies beat the Wolves by 105-101 for the franchise's first victory in a season opener since 2000. All the early signs for the Grizzlies are looking real good, but perhaps it's not time to get too excited because it's just one game and it was only the Wolves who just shipped off their leading scorer in Kevin Love.
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Meanwhile, we all knew that the Indiana Pacers would struggle early on without the services of Paul George, but it wasn't till right before the season that we learned that they would also be without David West and George Hill. Fortunately, the Pacers' first test came against the lowly 76ers and they were able to take care of that, no problem. Roy Hibbert led the way on both ends, scoring 22 points on just eight shot attempts with eight rebounds and seven blocks while Donal Sloan and Rodney Stuckey added 16 points each. CJ Miles slipped into the starting lineup and added 15 points of his own but was an inefficient six of 17 from the field, but he will get plenty of chances to improve with George expected to be out for the entire season.
In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings overall and the Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Indiana.
The Pacers put up some nice numbers and did well to beat the 76ers while being so shorthanded, but this Grizzlies team actually plays defense. I'm rolling with the home team in this one, for sure.