Memphis Grizzlies at Dallas Mavericks
|Date & Time||Saturday March 2, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)|
American Airlines Center
The Line: Dallas -5 -- Over/Under 212.5
The Dallas Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzlies duke it out at the American Airlines Center on Saturday night.
The Memphis Grizzlies have been in a bit of a slump lately as they’ve lost five six of their last eight games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling just short against the Bulls in a 109-107 home loss on Wednesday. Avery Bradley led the team with 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Mike Conley added 21 points with six assists while Justin Holiday and Jonas Valanciunas each scored 13 points. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 43 percent from the field and nine of 27 from the 3-point line as neither team could gain any separation until the fourth quarter where the Bulls’ Zach LaVine scored 12 of his 30 points to steal the game. With the loss, Memphis fell to 24-39 overall and 15-17 at home.
Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks have been in a slump of their own as they had lost six of seven games before snapping a five-game skid with a 110-101 home win over the Pacers on Wednesday. Luka Doncic led the team with 26 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, Jalen Brunson added 24 points on nine of 14 shooting while Tim Hardaway Jr. chipped in with 20 points. As a team, the Mavericks shot 49 percent from the field and 16 of 37 from the 3-point line, but the difference between the teams was evident in the fourth quarter where the Mavericks outscored the Pacers by 31-23 to run away with the much-needed victory. With the win, Dallas improved to 27-34 overall and 21-10 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Grizzlies are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record, 1-4 ATS in their last five road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Mavericks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a losing record, 18-8-1 ATS in their last 27 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the under is 4-0-1 in the last five meetings, the Grizzlies are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Dallas.
The Grizzlies have had to endure a forgettable season and things just went from bad to worse after losing to the lowly Bulls at home on Wednesday. The Mavericks haven’t been playing much better lately, but they looked good in their win over the playoff-bound Pacers and Doncic has continued to lead from the front. The Grizzlies beat the Mavericks by 98-88 back on Nov 19, but with the Grizzlies being so shorthanded, I’m leaning towards the Mavericks to get their revenge with a win and cover here.