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Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 2/8/14

Memphis Grizzlies (26-22) at Atlanta Hawks (25-23)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)

The Line: Atlanta Hawks -3 -- Over/Under: 190 See the Latest Odds


The Atlanta Hawks welcome the Memphis Grizzlies to town on Saturday night.

Head to head, the Grizzlies are 4-10 ATS in the last 14 meetings and 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Atlanta while the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Hawks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. Western Conference, but just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600 and 4-15 ATS in their last 19 games playing on 2 days rest. The Grizzlies on the other hand are 4-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning home record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, but just 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a double-digit loss at home.

How unfair is it that the Atlanta Hawks have to play 41 games on the road like everyone else because if they didn’t , they would probably be a top 10 team in the NBA. I know that sounds stupid, but what I’m trying to say is that the Hawks are really good at home, but mediocre on the road. While Atlanta has dropped two of their last three at Philips Arena, they were against San Antonio and Indiana, so you can’t really fault them their. In their four game at home surround those two losses were wins over Minnesota, Miami, Indiana and Houston, which is pretty impressive considering they are missing their best player in Al Horford through injury.

Speaking of injuries, the Memphis Grizzlies will also be without one of their top players in Mike Conley who will be out at least another week with a right ankle sprain. It’s a real shame that Conley went down because the Grizzlies were making their push up the Western Conference standings, having recently won six straight games, however, they have now dropped two in a row since their point guard went down. After holding opponents to under 100 points in 11-straight games, Memphis let the visiting Dallas Mavericks pour in 110 in their loss on Wednesday night as Dallas shot 53 percent from the field and outscored the home team by 17 points in the second half.

The Hawks are an interesting team in that they will either score in the 80's or somewhere around the 110 mark. Given that Memphis has been one of the premier defensive teams since Marc Gasol returned from injury you would assume this is one of those games where they finish in the 80's. As far as the Grizzlies offense goes, they haven't scored over 100 points in 12 straight games. Not a fan of playing unders, but I feel like it's the right play here given the circumstances...

Dan’s Pick: Under 190

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Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 2/8/14

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