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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz - 3/19/14

Utah Jazz (22-46) at Memphis Grizzlies (39-27)

NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)

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The Memphis Grizzlies continue their push towards the playoffs as they welcome the Utah Jazz to town tonight.

The Grizzlies have won seven of their last nine games and will be looking for another easy win after trouncing the 76ers by 103-77 on Saturday. Mike Conley led the way with 19 points while Zach Randolph had just 14, but that's only because the Grizzlies had the game won midway through the third quarter, which allowed coach Joerger to empty his bench and give his starters plenty of rest. With the win, Memphis improves to 39-27 overall which leaves them 1 1/2 games clear of the ninth-placed Phoenix team in the Western Conference standings. 

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz - 3/19/14

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In dead last of the Western Conference, we have the Jazz who have lost 10 of their last 11 and are coming off a 124-86 blowout at the hands of the Rockets. Trey Burke was the only starter to play his usual minutes as the Jazz fell behind early and could never get their footing in the game. Utah was down eight at the first quarter, 19 at halftime and things went from bad to worse before the basketball gods answered their prayers and ended their suffering with the sound of the final buzzer. This game was "just one of those games" as the Rockets simply got hot and would've beaten most teams in the league by double digits.

In ATS trends, the Jazz are 1-5 ATS in their last six road games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four games overall, while the Grizzlies are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a win of more than 10 points and 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.

Head to head, the Jazz are only 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Memphis.

IThe Jazz haven't enjoyed much success against the Grizzlies lately and I don't see that trend changing tonight as there is just too much at stake for the Grizzlies to play for.

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