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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Boston Celtics - 12/29/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Boston Celtics (20-14) at Memphis Grizzlies (18-16)
Date & Time Saturday December 29, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies +3.5 -- Over/Under: 200
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NBA | Boston Celtics (20-14) at Memphis Grizzlies (18-16)
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The Boston Celtics and the Memphis Grizzlies collide at the FedEx Forum on Saturday night.

The Boston Celtics have lost four of their last six games and they will be looking to bounce back after having their two-game win streak snapped by the Rockets in a 127-113 road loss on Thursday. Kyrie Irving led the team with 23 points and 11 assists, Marcus Morris added 19 points, Jaylen Brown scored 18 points off the bench while Al Horford chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 46 percent from the field and 12 of 31 from the 3-point line as they hung with the hot-shooting Rockets for most of the game but there was no stopping James Harden who scorched them for 45 points. With the loss, Boston fell to 20-14 on the season and 9-9 on the road.

Meanwhile, the Memphis Grizzlies have been in a real slump as they’ve lost seven of their last 10 games but they will be aiming for a third straight victory after beating the Cavaliers by 95-87 on Wednesday. Marc Gasol led the team with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Mike Conley and Kevin Anderson each scored 15 points while Jaren Jackson Jr chipped in with 11 points. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 50 percent from the field and just five of 22 from the 3-point line but they really set the tone with the defense, holding the Cavaliers to just 32 points in the first half and nine points in the first quarter. With the win, Memphis improved to 18-16 overall and 10-6 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games playing on one days rest, 7-15 ATS in their last 22 road games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Grizzlies are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games playing on two days rest, 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games overall.

Head to head, the over is 21-6 in the last 27 meetings, the road team is 16-7 ATS in the last 23 meetings and the Celtics are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Memphis.

Two off the best defensive teams collide as the Celtics pay a visit to the Grizzlies on Saturday. The Celtics were on a nice little roll before falling victim to a 45-point night from the Rockets’ James Harden on Thursday so they will be eager to bounce back. The Grizzlies look like they are turning the corner with wins over the Lakers and the Cavaliers, but they’ve lost three of their last four home games. This should be a close one so I’m taking the Grizzlies with the points.

Pick:
Memphis +3.5

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