Memphis Grizzlies vs. Utah Jazz - 12/22/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Utah Jazz (8-20) at Memphis Grizzlies (21-5)
NBA Basketball: Monday, December 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, TSOH
The Utah Jazz and Memphis Grizzlies meet Monday night at the FedExForum.
The Utah Jazz have split their last four games and end a six-game road trip with this matchup. On the season, the Jazz are averaging 96.4 points on 46 percent shooting and are allowing 101.5 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Gordon Hayward is averaging 18.9 points and 4.1 assists while Derrick Favors is averaging 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. Enes Kanter is grabbing 7.1 rebounds and Trey Burke is racking up 5.1 assists. The Utah Jazz are playing a lot more competitively now that they have Favors back in the lineup, as they’ve either won or lost eight of their last nine games by single digits. However, the Jazz have to improve defensively, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 48.1 percent from the field and 41.1 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. Trevor Booker is expected to miss this game.
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The Memphis Grizzlies have won six of their last eight games and are coming off a Sunday loss to Cleveland. On the season, the Grizzlies are averaging 102.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting and are allowing 96.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 19.6 points and 7.9 rebounds while Mike Conley is averaging 17.8 points and 6.2 assists. Courtney Lee is shooting 52.3 percent from the field and Tony Allen is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies have been slipping defensively a bit, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in six of their last seven games and are allowing teams to shoot 38.7 percent from beyond the arc in their last five. Still, 12 of the Grizzlies 21 wins this season have come at home. Zach Randolph is questionable for this game with a knee injury.
The Jazz are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-5-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. NBA Southwest. The Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Northwest and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Western Conference. The home team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I look for the Memphis Grizzlies to come out swinging in hopes of snapping a two-game skid. The Jazz will struggle to keep up, as Memphis should win this by double digits.