Memphis Grizzlies at Cleveland Cavaliers - 3/7/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (37-24) at Cleveland Cavaliers (44-17)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Quicken Loans Arena)
The Line: Cleveland Cavaliers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 204.5 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies travel to the Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
The Grizzlies have adopted a faster pace to their offense since losing Marc Gasol and it has surprisingly worked out well for them as they've just been piling on the wins, losing just two games since over the last month. Zach Randolph has lifted his production with averages if 20 points and 6.8 rebounds over his last five games while Mike Conley has averaged 15.8 points and 6.6 assists of his last five, but it has really been a team effort as role players like JaMychal Green and Lance Stephenson have benefited from the up-tempo offense. In terms of rankings, Memphis currently sit in fifth position in the Western Conference with a 4.5 game cushion over Dallas who sit in sixth, so they'll most likely face either Oklahoma City or Los Angeles in the first round.
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Meanwhile, the Cavaliers will be looking to build on their current three-game win streak after taking down the Celtics in an impressive 120-103 win on Saturday. LeBron James racked up 28 points,11 rebounds and eight assists, Kyrie Irving added 20 points while six more players finished in double figures as the Cavs stormed back from an early 18-point deficit to crush the in-form Celtics and improve to 44-17 on the season, giving them a 2.5 game cushion over the Raptors who currently occupy the second spot in the Eastern Conference.
In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, while the Cavs are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games agianst a team above .600 and 5-1 ATS in their last six against the Western Conference.
Head to head, the Grizzlies are 3-14 ATS in the last 17 meetings overall and just 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Cleveland.
The Grizzlies have really been playing so well without their best player in Marc Gasol, but they could be in for a rough night as the Cavaliers having been playing some great basketball lately, especially against the Celtics in their last outing.