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

Charlotte Hornets (6-15) at Memphis Grizzlies (17-4)

NBA Basketball: Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)

The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -9 -- Over/Under: 189.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TSOH, TSOH

The Charlotte Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies play Friday night at the FedExForum.

The Charlotte Hornets are looking for their first road win in nearly a month and a season-high three straight wins. On the season, the Hornets are averaging 94.2 points on 42.9 percent shooting and are allowing 100.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Al Jefferson lads Charlotte with 19.7 points and eight rebounds while Kemba Walker is averaging 14.5 points and 5.6 assists. Gary Neal is shooting 40 percent from the field and Lance Stephenson is averaging 5.3 assists per game. The Charlotte Hornets continue to struggle mightily on the offensive end, shooting just 41.2 percent from the field and 22.5 percent from three in their last five games. The lack of firepower offensively likely won’t bode well against the best defensive team in the league.

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

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The Memphis Grizzlies have won seven of their last nine games and will wrap up a four-game homestand. On the season, the Grizzlies are averaging 101 points on 47.2 percent shooting and are allowing 94 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Marc Gasol leads Memphis with 19.5 points and eight rebounds while Mike Conley is averaging 16.9 points and 6.1 assists. Zach Randolph is grabbing 11 rebounds per game and Courtney Lee is shooting 53.6 percent from the field. The Memphis Grizzlies have shown more signs of life offensively, topping 100 points in their last three games while shooting 50.4 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three in their last five games. The Grizzlies will continue to be tough to beat as long as their offense continues to perform at a high level.

The Hornets are 0-2-2 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Memphis and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

The Hornets struggle offensively as it is, now they're going on the road against the best defensive team in the league. This could get ugly. Memphis should win this game by double digits. 

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Memphis Grizzlies -9

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