Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 3/21/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies (40-30) at Phoenix Suns (19-50)
NBA Basketball: Monday, March 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns +2 -- Over/Under: 204 See the Latest Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies invade the Talking Stick Resort Arena to battle the Phoenix Suns on Monday.
The Grizzlies have lost six of their last nine games but they'll be feeling pretty good after snapping a four-game skid with a 113-102 win over the Clippers on Saturday. Zach Randolph returned from a seven-game absence to lead the team with his first ever triple-double, pouring in 28 points with 11 rebounds and 10 assists while Tony Allen added 22 points as the Grizzlies won despite missing key players in Mike Conley and Marc Gasol as well as a bunch of reserves. With the inspirational win, the Grizzlies improve to 40-30 on the season which has them currently sitting in fifth place, four games behind the Clippers.
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Meanwhile, the Suns have lost four of their last six games but they'll be looking for a second straight win after taking down the Lakers in a 95-90 victory on Friday. Brandon Knight led the charge with 22 points, Devin Booker added 21 points and seven assists while Tyson Chandler had 12 points with 17 rebounds as the Suns dominated the Lakers by 47-32 in the first half before fighting off a furious comeback from the Lakers' reserves in the fourth quarter. With the win, Phoenix improves to 19-50 on the season which is still only good enough for second last in the Western Conference.
In ATS trends, the Grizzlies are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games against a team with a losing record and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games overall, while the Suns are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games following a win and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games against Western Conference opponents.
Head to head, the Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings and the under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Phoenix.
The Suns could easily cause the minor upset and win this game at home but I'm backing the Grizzlies who looked great in their last outing and simply have more to play for.