Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 4/2/14
Memphis Grizzlies (44-30) at Minnesota Timberwolves (36-37)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Target Center)
The Line: Minnesota Timberwolves -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: TSOH, FSN
The Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves will battle it out for fourth and final time this season. The Grizzlies lead the season series 2-1.
The Memphis Grizzlies are in a battle with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns for the final couple of playoff spots in the West. On the season, the Grizzlies average 95.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting and allow 94.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting. The Grizzlies have been locked in at both ends of the floor with the season quickly coming to an end. Zach Randolph is shooting a remarkable 55.8 percent from the field in his last five games. However, the Grizzlies have to play great defense, as they’re just 2-5 SU in their last seven games when allowing 100-plus points. The Memphis Grizzlies are 33-39-2 ATS overall and 17-18-2 ATS on the road.
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The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost five of their last seven games and have removed themselves from any playoff consideration. On the season, the Timberwolves average 106.7 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allow 103.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting. The Timberwolves will provide a challenge for the Grizzlies defense, as they’ve scored in the triple digits in 15 of their last 17 games. Minnesota is shooting 48.3 percent from the field in its last five games and is coming off a loss against the Clippers where it knocked down 10 threes. The Minnesota Timberwolves are 35-38 ATS overall and 16-20 ATS at home.
The Grizzlies are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest. The Timberwolves are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss. The Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings, while the favorite is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Memphis Grizzlies have been ice cold against the number on the road lately, but they are playing better basketball than the Timberwolves and absolutely need this win to remain in the playoff hunt in the West.
The Grizzlies will cover the number in this matchup.