Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 4/10/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (53-25) at Utah Jazz (36-42)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 10, 2015 at 9:00 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +2.5 -- Over/Under: 180 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies and the Utah Jazz collide tonight in Salt Lake City.
The Memphis Grizzlies have won three of their last four and will be going for a second straight win after dominating the Pelicans in a 110-74 rout on Wednesday. Zach Randolph, Jeff Green and Marc Gasol led a balanced scoring effort with 15 points each, but this win was all about the team's defense and that's where the Grizzlies really flexed their muscle. As a team, the Pelicans were held to just 35 percent shooting from the field and Anthony Davis was held to just 12 points after pouring in 29 points just the night before, so it's fair to say that the Grizzlies are coming off one of their best games of the season. With the win, Memphis improved to 53-25 which means they hold onto the second seed in the Western Conference.
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Meanwhile, the Utah Jazz have been out of the playoff race for a long time now, but that hasn't stopped them from winning games. In fact, the Jazz have won five of their last six and are going for a third straight win after taking down the Kings in a 103-91 win on Wednesday. Rodney Hood led the team with 20 points while Derrick Favors added 18 points and 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes, but Gordon Hayward finished with just four point and played just 19 minutes as he seems to be on a minutes limit heading to the end of the season. As for Wednesday's win, it does come with an asterisk as the Kings were without their top three players in DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay and Darren Collison so the Jazz always had the upper hand.
In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games following a win and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games against a team with a losing record, while the Jazz are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings.
Usually, I'd take the Jazz to wind and cover at home, but while they've been in some good form, it's hard to know how many minutes they'll give to players like Hayward as they really have nothing to play for. On the other hand, the Grizzlies will be eager to hold onto the second seed and have been in decent form themselves.