Boston Celtics vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 3/11/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (45-18) at Boston Celtics (26-36)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +4.5 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies travel to the TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
The Memphis Grizzlies have won three of their last four and are coming off a solid 101-91 win over the Bulls thanks to another big night from their talented big man. Marc Gasol made the most of open looks to lead the team with 23 points on 10 of 16 shooting, Jeff Green added 19 points while Zach Randolph had 16 as the Grizzlies improved to 45-18 on the season. To be fair, the Grizzlies did get the Bulls at an opportune time because they were playing their fourth game in five nights and are missing Derrick Rose, but it was still a solid win from a consistent team. With the win, Memphis keeps a two-game cushion from the third-placed Houston who have been in great form themselves.
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Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have also won three of their last four and were able to continue their push towards the playoffs with a 100-90 win over the Heat on Monday. Once again, Isaiah Thomas led the scoring off the bench with 25 points and four assists while Brandon Bass added 14 points but I was more impressed with the Celtics' defense as they held the Heat to 42 percent shooting despite a massive night of 34 points from Dwyane Wade. With the win, Boston improve to 26-36 on the season which keeps them two games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall and 0-7 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, while the Celtics are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven home games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games overall.
Head to head, the Grizzlies are 19-8-1 ATS in the last 28 meetings overall and 13-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings in Boston.
I'm definitely liking the Celtics' chances of pulling off the upset in this one because the Grizzlies haven't covered in their last seven games against a team below .500, while the Celtics have been money at home in their last seven games.