Cleveland Cavaliers (34-23) at Memphis Grizzlies (18-38)
NBA Basketball: Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00 pm (FedExForum)
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies +5 -- Over/Under: 212 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies meet Friday in NBA action at the FedExForum.
The Cleveland Cavaliers could use another win after winning seven of their last 11 games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 110.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 110 points on 47.5 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 26.5 points and 8.9 assists while Jordan Clarkson is averaging 15.5 points and 2.5 assists. Rodney Hood is the third double-digit scorer and Jeff Green is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Cleveland Cavaliers are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.7 rebounds per game. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won three straight road games.
The Memphis Grizzlies could use a feel good victory here in order to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 99.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 102.9 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Tyreke Evans is averaging 19.5 points and five assists while Marc Gasol is averaging 17.7 points and 8.4 rebounds. JaMychal Green is grabbing 7.5 rebounds and Dillon Brooks is dishing 1.3 assists. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 79.8 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40.6 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have split their last eight home games.
The Cavaliers are 21-9 ATS in their last 30 Friday games, 3-12 ATS in their last 15 road games and 17-36-1 ATS in their last 54 games overall. The Grizzlies are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 home games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cavaliers are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Memphis, 15-6 ATS in the last 21 meetings and the over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings in Memphis.
I'm not all in on the Cleveland Cavaliers the way some others seem to be, as there's nothing but average players around LeBron, and they're coming off a bad home loss last night to the Washington Wizards. However, there's no way I'm backing the banged up Memphis Grizzlies who are counting the days until the offseason. The Grizzlies have lost seven straight and are being outscored by 14 points in their last five games. Other than a huge rest advantage, there's just not much a case you can make for the Grizzlies these days. I'll take the better team and the reasonable chalk.