Memphis Grizzlies (9-22) at Phoenix Suns (11-22)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Talking Stick Resort Arena)
The Line: Phoenix Suns +1.5 -- Over/Under: 204 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Memphis Grizzlies and Phoenix Suns meet Thursday in NBA action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena.
The Memphis Grizzlies could use a win here after losing seven of their last eight games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 97 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 101.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Marc Gasol is averaging 19.1 points and 8.6 rebounds while Tyreke Evans is averaging 18.6 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 35 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.1 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have lost eight straight road games.
The Phoenix Suns also need a victory after losing six of their last eight games. The Phoenix Suns are averaging 106.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting and allowing 113.5 points on 46.3 percent shooting. TJ Warren is averaging 18.6 points and 5.6 rebounds while Isaiah Canaan is averaging 16 points and 6.5 assists. Greg Monroe is the third double-digit scorer and Mike James is dishing 3.7 assists. The Phoenix Suns are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Phoenix Suns are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The Phoenix Suns have lost five straight home games.
The Grizzlies are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Western Conference and 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Suns are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 0 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Grizzlies are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Phoenix, 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Good luck picking this game, as both teams are watching the losses pile up, they're both on the end of a back to back and they're both still without their best player. If forced to pick, I'd side with the Phoenix Suns and the free bucket. The Suns are the younger team, so they'll handle the short rest better than the older Grizzlies, they've had more success against the number and they're at home. The Grizzlies have done nothing this season that makes me want to back them, especially on the road where they're giving up 48 percent shooting. Also, the Suns have covered six of their last 11 home games when an underdog by five or less points. I wouldn't play this game personally.