Cleveland Cavaliers (0-1) at Memphis Grizzlies (0-0)
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 28, 2015, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -6 -- Over/Under: 187.5
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The Cleveland Cavaliers look to register their first win of the season when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.
The Cavaliers will be looking to register their first win of the season after a painful 97-95 loss to the Bulls last night. Mo Williams was fantastic in his return to the Cavs, finishing the game with 19 points and seven assists while Kevin Love added 18 points and eight boards. LeBron James had a monster game of 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists but had his potential game-tying layup blocked by the Bulls' Pau Gasol to prevent overtime. The Cavs will be disappointed with the loss last night, but they'll be encouraged that James looked completely healthy despite sitting out the last two weeks since receiving an anti-inflammatory injection for his back.
The Grizzlies will be eager to improve on last season's solid 55-27 record and it all starts with the big man in the middle, Marc Gasol who averaged 17.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists in a breakout season. We already know what we're going to get from Zach Randolph, Mike Conley needs to bounce back after a sub-par season, but the x-factor for the Grizzlies could be Jeff Green who averaged 15.0 points during the regular season, but averaged just 8.9 points in a disappointing postseason run.
In ATS trends, the Cavs are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 against the Western Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games playing on zero days rest, while the Grizzlies are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games playing on three or more days rest.
Head to head, the Cavs are 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Memphis.
The Cavs were far from their best in the season opener, but they still managed to cover the spread as 4.5 point underdogs and I'm expecting more of the same tonight. Take the Grizzlies to win, but the Cavs to stay within the number.