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New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 1/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Memphis Grizzlies (25-10) at New Orleans Pelicans (17-18)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Smoothie King Center)

The Line: New Orleans Pelicans -1.5 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSNO, SPSO

The New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies battle it out in Western conference action on Friday night.

The Memphis Grizzlies started the season as the league’s best team but a knee injury to Zach Randolph has really tested the team’s mettle of late.  The Grizzlies are 25-10 on the year but just 4-6 over their last ten games, nine of which Randolph has sat out.  The Grizzlies have an impressive mark away from home at 11-6, but this won’t be an easy road contest for Memphis considering the Pelicans’ dominant presence down low in Anthony Davis.  We can still expect Marc Gasol to produce for this team down low though as the center averages 19.7 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.  The Grizzlies don’t get much bench production, so they’ll need point guard Mike Conley to continue his hot stretch averaging 19.2 points, 6.6 assists and 6.2 rebounds over his last five games.  Memphis would probably also like more production from Courtney Lee who hasn’t lived up to expectations thus far.

New Orleans Pelicans vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 1/9/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New Orleans Pelicans are a game below .500 at 17-18 on the year but they’ve protected home court well with a mark of 11-5.  The Pelicans seem to be a team on the cusp of being relevant for playoff contention but still lack some of the discipline and cohesion of more seasoned units.  The leadership is certainly there for the team though as Anthony Davis leads by example with 23.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.  Tyreke Evans is also in the midst of a breakout campaign of sorts to fuel the offense with 16.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game.  The Pelicans have additional scoring talent with Jrue Holiday starting at point and stretch forward Ryan Anderson coming off the bench to test the depth of this Grizzlies team.  The Pelicans have lost two straight but have proven they can hang with top teams with a win against the Rockets and OT loss to the Spurs in their last five games.

I like the Pelicans to get the job done at home and I’m willing to lay a small amount of chalk as well.  Please check back when the line is released for confirmation on my pick and unit rating.

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Pelicans -1.5

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