Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 3/12/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (38-26) at Atlanta Hawks (36-29)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Philips Arena)
The Line: Atlanta Hawks 13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies and the Atlanta Hawks do battle at the Philips Arena on Saturday.
The Grizzlies have enjoyed plenty of success lately with eight wins in their last 12 outings thanks to an up-tempo offense but they're going to need more help as injuries are really starting to pile up now. Mike Conley was averaging 19.3 points in March before missing games with a foot injury which leaves them without a true point guard now that the injured Mario Chalmers has been waived by the Grizzlies. In the absence of Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph lifted his production to 17.7 points and 7.7 rebounds since Mar 1 but he has been struggling with a knee injury lately so players like JaMychal Green and Lance Stpehenson who will enjoy increased minutes and a larger role.
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Meanwhile, the Hawks have won five of their last seven games but just had their three-game win streak snapped with a 104-96 loss at Toronto on Thursday. Al Horford led the way with 20 points, Kent Bazemore added 13 points, but the Hawks just didn't get enough scoring from Paul Millsap or Jeff Teague who finished with 12 and 10 points respectively. With the loss, Altanta falls to 36-29 on the season which is currently good enough for sixth place in the Eastern Conference, behind the fifth-placed Charlotte on percentage points alone.
In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games playing on zero days rest, while the Hawks are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Grizzlies are 4-11 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Atlanta but the underdog is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
The list of injured players just gets longer for the Grizzlies, but they continue to win games they shouldn't, so I'm sticking with them in another game they should lose.