Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 11/30/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (14-2) at Sacramento Kings (9-7)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm (Sleep Train Arena)
The Line: Sacramento Kings +2.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNS, SPSO
The Sacramento Kings look to cool off the streaking Memphis Grizzlies in a Western conference battle on Sunday.
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The Memphis Grizzlies have been dominating the opposition as they enter this contest with a 14-2 record and four game winning streak. The Grizzlies rank third in the league in points allowed while conceding just 92.8 per game, but the offense that has been nearly as impressive of late, topping 100 points in six of their last ten games. Center Marc Gasol who is traditionally heralded for his defense and rebounding has been leading the offensive charge recently, averaging 25.8 points and ten rebounds over his last five games. Zach Randolph has been steadily producing down low alongside Gasol, averaging 15.9 points and 11.7 rebounds per game as the Grizzlies continue to punish teams in the paint. In the backcourt PG Mike Conley is limiting the team’s turnovers while averaging 16.7 points and 6.4 assists per game and Courtney Lee is efficiently scoring 13.5 points per game on 53% shooting thus far. Rounding out the starting lineup is defensive pest Tony Allen who is a great role player that fits the Memphis mold. The Grizzlies don’t have an especially impressive bench but they’ve made good use of the guys they have which speaks to the solid coaching decisions made by head coach David Joerger.
The Sacramento Kings started off the year hot at 5-1 as a surprise team in the early going, but things haven’t been as smooth since as the Kings have gone 4-6 since that start to sit at 9-7 currently. The Kings are coming off two consecutive road losses to the Rockets and Spurs to go 2-2 on their recent road trip, and they’ll now open a five game home stand as they look to prove that the opening week of the season wasn’t a fluke. DeMarcus Cousins has been the Kings’ most productive player this year averaging 23.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, but the big man didn’t suit up for the Kings most recent loss while battling an illness. Rudy Gay returned to action in the team’s last outing against the Spurs after missing the two contests prior, and filled up the stat sheet with 23 points, eight rebounds and eight assists to continue a strong campaign. PG Darren Collison also returned to action last game after missing two games with a quad injury, but he didn’t live up to his season assist average of 6.6 per game while dishing out just three on top of 15 points. The Kings are one of the better bench scoring teams in the league with 36.4 points per game and may need guys to step up if the starting core of Cousins, Gay and Collison is less than 100%.
The Kings and Grizzlies met on November 13th of this year in Memphis with the Grizzlies rallying for a 111-110 win after the Kings squandered a 26 point lead. I don’t see the Kings having as much success on offense this time around with some ailments to key players here, so I’m taking the under on the assumption that the Grizzlies will still play great defense and not shoot as well in a road environment.