Heat vs. Grizzlies - 12/27/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (21-8) at Miami Heat (14-16)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: TSOH, SUN, NBATV
The Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat play Saturday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Memphis Grizzlies have now lost four games and are playing the end of a back-to-back. On the season, the grizzlies are averaging 102 points on 46.6 percent shooting and are allowing 97 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 19.9 points and 8.2 rebounds while Mike Conley is averaging 17.9 points and 6.1 assists. Courtney Lee is shooting 50.9 percent from the field and Tony Allen is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are really slipping defensively during this losing stretch, allowing 100 or more points in nine of their last 12 games while allowing 41.6 percent shooting from deep in their last five games. The good news is that Memphis is 9-4 SU this season on the road. Zach Randolph is questionable for this game with a knee injury.
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The Miami Heat have split their last 10 games and are coming off a big win over the Cavs. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94.5 points on 46 percent shooting and are allowing 97.6 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 23.2 points and 5.5 assists while Luol Deng is averaging 14.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. Mario Chalmers is dishing out 4.4 assists and Shawne Williams is shooting 44.7 percent from the field. The Miami Heat main struggles have been on the defensive side, but they’ve held six of their last eight opponents under 100 points. The Heat must play with the same effort on Christmas in games like this if they’re going to climb up the East standings. Chris Bosh is questionable for this game with a calf injury.
The Grizzlies are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Southeast and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference. The Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 vs. Western Conference. The Grizzlies are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Miami and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall.
Hard to back the Grizzlies with them in this slump. Assuming Miami comes out with the same energy it did on Christmas, the Heat should win this game outright.