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Grizzlies vs. Heat - 12/7/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Heat (9-10) at Memphis Grizzlies (15-4)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 6:00 pm (FedExForum)

The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -8.5 -- Over/Under: 192 See the Latest Odds

TV: SUN, TSOH

The Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies play Sunday afternoon at the FedExForum.

The Miami Heat have lost four of their last five games and play their third road game of the month. On the season, the Heat are averaging 95.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting and are allowing 98.4 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Chris Bosh leads the Heat with 21.8 points and 8.7 rebounds while Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.8 points and 5.9 assists. Mario Chalmers is averaging 4.9 assists per game and Shawne Williams is shooting 47.5 percent from the field. The Miami Heat are struggling mightily on the defensive side, allowing teams to shoot 50.8 percent from the field and 42 percent from deep in their last five games. The Heat are known for playing above-average defense, but they’ve lost seven straight when allowing 100-plus points. Luol Deng and Norris Cole are questionable for this game with injuries.

Grizzlies vs. Heat - 12/7/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Memphis Grizzlies have won five of their last seven and are tied for first place in the Southwest. On the season, the Grizzlies are averaging 100.2 points on 46.6 percent shooting and are allowing 93.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Marc Gasol leads Memphis with 19.8 points and 8.2 rebounds while Mike Conley is averaging 16.6 points and 6.5 assists. Zach Randolph is averaging 15.5 points and 11.2 rebounds while Courtney Lee is shooting 52.5 percent from the field. The Memphis Grizzlies have lost two straight games but are 11-2 SU this season when holding a team under 100 points. The Grizzlies are averaging 42 rebounds per game, which is about average but nearly seven more boards than what the Heat are averaging.

The Heat are 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 Sunday games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Grizzlies are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. The Heat are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Memphis and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

It's only a matter of time before the Miami Heat start playing better basketball and get in the win column. While the Grizzlies may win outright, this is simply too many points to pass up with one of the better teams in the East that is still not having issues scoring. 

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Miami Heat +8.5

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