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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Detroit Pistons - 1/2/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Pistons (16-19) at Memphis Grizzlies (18-18)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Memphis Grizzlies -6 -- Over/Under: 199
TV Channel
FSSE, FSD+
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NBA | Detroit Pistons (16-19) at Memphis Grizzlies (18-18)
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The Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies meet Wednesday in NBA action at the FedExForum.

The Detroit Pistons could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 107.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 109.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 24.7 points and 8.7 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 17.4 points and 15.3 rebounds. Reggie Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Reggie Bullock is dishing 2.2 assists. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 72.9 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.9 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have lost their last four road games.

The Memphis Grizzlies could use a feel good win after losing seven of their last nine games. The Memphis Grizzlies are averaging 101.8 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 102.3 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Mike Conley is averaging 20.5 points and 6.5 assists while Marc Gasol is averaging 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds. Jaren Jackson Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and JaMychal Green is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Memphis Grizzlies are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.4 rebounds per game. The Memphis Grizzlies have lost four of their last six home games.

The Pistons are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 vs. Western Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Pistons are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the underdog is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings. The under is 11-5 in Pistons last 16 overall. The under is 5-2 in Grizzlies last 7 overall.

The Detroit Pistons continue to have issues scoring the basketball and are coming off a blowout loss last night to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Memphis Grizzlies aren't close to the same team they were to start the season, but they're still playing solid defense and are outscoring teams by 2.1 points at home. There's some signs that the Grizzlies will turn things around at some point. The Detroit Pistons keep getting blasted and the lack of scoring options suggest they may have reached their ceiling with this current roster. I don't love the pick, but the Grizzlies and the chalk seems like a better option than backing the Pistons in any way.

Pick:
Memphis Grizzlies -6

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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