Atlanta Hawks (6-22) at Memphis Grizzlies (8-20)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 15, 2017 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -6.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies meet Friday in NBA action at the FedExForum.
The Atlanta Hawks could use a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Atlanta Hawks are averaging 103.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 109.3 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Dennis Schroder is averaging 20.2 points and 6.4 assists while Taurean Prince is averaging 13 points and 5.3 rebounds. Kent Bazemore is the third double-digit scorer and Marco Belinelli is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Atlanta Hawks are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Atlanta Hawks are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.1 rebounds per game. The Atlanta Hawks have lost seven of their last eight road games.
The Memphis Grizzlies could use a feel good win here after losing 16 of their last 17 games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 97.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 101.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 18.9 points and 8.6 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 18.2 points and four assists. JaMychal Green is the third double-digit scorer and Chandler Parsons is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have lost 11 of their last 12 home games.
The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Grizzlies are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 home games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Hawks are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Memphis, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
We know the Atlanta Hawks are awful, but they've covered four straight on the road and are running into a Memphis Grizzlies team that hasn't been much better. Memphis hasnot only lost 16 of its last 17 games, but it enters this game with Brandan Wright out and Tyreke Evans questionable. Why in the world will I lay chalk with this team. If I'm going to bet this game, it would have to be with the points and the road team even if its a fade from the Hawks.