Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 12/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (14-13) at Dallas Mavericks (14-12)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 8:30 pm (American Airlines Center)
The Line: Dallas Mavericks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks meet Friday night at the American Airlines Center.
The Memphis Grizzlies need a big road win after losing five of their last eight games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 96.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 100.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 16.1 points and 7.8 rebounds while Mike Conley is averaging 14.3 points and 6.1 assists. Zach Randolph is grabbing 8.6 rebounds and Mario Chalmers is dishing 2.5 assists. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 81.5 percent from the free throw line. The Grizzlies are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.9 turnovers per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have split their last eight road games. Tony Allen is questionable with a knee injury.
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The Dallas Mavericks look for a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 100.8 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 100.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 17.1 points and 7.1 rebounds while Deron Williams is averaging 15.1 points and 5.9 assists. Zaza Pachulia is grabbing 10.5 rebounds and Raymond Felton is dishing 3.4 assists. The Dallas Mavericks are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The Mavericks are allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.8 turnovers per game. The Dallas Mavericks have won six of their last nine home games. Devin Harris and John Jenkins are questionable.
The Grizzlies are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Mavericks are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Southwest and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss. The Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Grizzlies are back to being that team we saw earlier in the season, as the offense is struggling and the defense isn't as good as expected. Meanwhile, the Mavs have been that under the radar team that continues to find ways to win games they probably shouldn't. I like Dallas at home for the cheap chalk.