Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/26/14
Memphis Grizzlies (42-28) at Utah Jazz (23-48)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 10:30 pm (EnergySolutions Arena)
The Line: Utah Jazz +7.5 -- Over/Under: 184 See the Latest Odds
The Utah Jazz and the Memphis Grizzlies face off on Wednesday in a matchup in the NBA West.
The Utah Jazz have the worst record in the West and are 2-8 in their last 10 games. The Jazz are 15-20 at home this season and overall they have been the fourth worst team in the NBA. Gordon Hayward leads the Jazz averaging 15.9 points and 5.3 assists per game. Alec Burks is questionable and he is averaging 13.8 points, Trey Burke is averaging 12.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Derrick Favors is averaging 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds. Utah is averaging 94.5 points and they are shooting 44.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 101.4 points and their opponents are shooting 47 percent. The good news for Utah is almost certainly help is o the way in the NBA draft.
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The Memphis Grizzlies are in a battle for the final playoff spot in the West and while they are in seventh position they have just a half of a game lead over Phoenix and Dallas. The Grizzlies have won their last two games and they are 8-2 in their last 10 games. Zach Randolph leads Memphis averaging 17.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Mike Conley is averaging 17.2 points and 6.0 rebounds, Marc Gasol is averaging 13.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, and Tony Allen is averaging 10 points but he is questionable for this one with an illness. The Grizzlies are averaging 95.7 points and they are shooting 46.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 94 points and their opponents are shooting 44.5 percent. Memphis 19-14 on the road this season.
Utah is 14-6 against the spread in their last 20 games following a double-digit home loss, 1-3-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games. Memphis is 9-2 against the spread in their last 11 road games against a team with a losing home record, 6-1 against the spread following a win by 10 or more points, and 1-4 against the spread following a win. Memphis is 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 visits to Utah.
Memphis is the better team and I expect them to play like it and to leave everything on the court as they get the cover.
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