Grizzlies at Pacers - 10/31/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (1-0) at Indiana Pacers (1-0)
NBA Basketball: Friday, October 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Bankers Life Fieldhouse)
The Line: Indiana Pacers +5.5 -- Over/Under: 185 See the Latest Odds
TV: SPSO, FSN-IN
The Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers meet Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Memphis Grizzlies survived a scare in their season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves by winning 105-101. Surprisingly, the Grizzlies shot 52.4 percent from the field and had four of their five starters score in the double figures. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol combined for 57 points, while Mike Conley shot 50 percent from the field and racked up six assists. The Grizzlies aren’t a good offensive team by any stretch but they’ll certainly be a playoff team to keep an eye on if they can continue shooting the ball at a high percentage. The Grizzlies defense was also on point by forcing the Timberwolves into 23 turnovers and coming away with 10 steals. The Memphis Grizzlies are worth keeping an eye on to figure out if their offensive explosion was due to poor defense from Minnesota, or they’ve figured something out offensively.
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The Indiana Pacers beat up the Philadelphia 76ers in their season opener, 103-91. The Pacers held the 76ers to just 38.2 percent shooting from the field and allowed just 40 second-half points. With injuries and a lack of offense, elite defense is how the Pacers are going to keep their head above water for now. Offensively, Roy Hibbert looked like his old self by scoring 22 points and grabbing eight rebounds, while Rodney Stuckey produced 16 points and five assists off the bench. The Indiana Pacers will take it anyway they can get it until Paul George and others are able to return. David West is expected to miss this game as well with an ankle injury, which means Hibbert needs to continue playing at a high level.
The Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 road games. The Pacers are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 home games and 16-34-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Grizzlies are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings, while the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Both of these teams are so similar it’s crazy. Both the Pacers and Grizzlies butter their bread on the defensive side of the ball, while the offense can struggle for long stretches. Because both teams can go several minutes without putting the ball in the hoop, I think the points will come in handy here. Of course, it also helps that the Pacers are at home.