Toronto Raptors (15-7) at Memphis Grizzlies (8-16)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies +5 -- Over/Under: 199 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Raptors and Memphis Grizzlies meet Friday in NBA action at the FedExForum.
The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.5 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.3 points and 4.5 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.6 points and 7.1 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and CJ Miles is grabbing two rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.2 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.6 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have split their last eight road games.
The Memphis Grizzlies need a feel good victory here after losing 12 of their last 13 games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 97.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 101 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 18.9 points and 8.8 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 17.7 points and four assists. JaMychal Green is the third double-digit scorer and Chandler Parsons is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.8 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have lost eight of their last nine home games.
The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Southwest and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Grizzlies are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Friday games and 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Raptors are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
I'm always a little hesistant backing the Toronto Raptors on the road, as they do throw in a stinker every now and then. But the Memphis Grizzlies are just not a good basketball team right now, as they're still without their best player, fired their coach and can't cover numbers despite being big underdogs most of the time. The Toronto Raptors are outscoring teams by 12.4 points in their last five games and shooting 50.9 percent from the field during that span. Hard seeing a bad Grizzlies team that can't get out of their own way keeping up with those numbers. I like the Raptors and the reasonable chalk.