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Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 3/30/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Memphis Grizzlies at Phoenix Suns
Date & Time Saturday March 30, 2019, 10:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Phoenix, AZ
The Line
The Line: Phoenix +1.5 -- Over/Under 220
TV Channel
FSSE, FSAZ
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The Memphis Grizzlies and the Phoenix Suns duke it out at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday night.

The Memphis Grizzlies have been in a funk lately as they’ve lost five of their last seven games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling to the red-hot Warriors in a 118-103 home loss on Wednesday. Jonas Valanciunas led the team with 27 points and 13 rebounds, Mike Conley added 22 points with eight assists while Bruno Caboclo chipped in with 17 points, 14 rebounds and three assists. As a team, the Grizzlies shot just 39 percent from the field and 10 of 31 from the 3-point line as they stormed out of the gates to set the tone with 37 points in the first quarter, but they just couldn’t get over the hump after the Warriors took control in the second quarter where they outscored the Grizzlies by 35-23. With the tough loss, Memphis fell to 30-45 on the season and 20-19 at home.

Meanwhile, the Phoenix Suns have been in rough shape themselves as they’ve lost seven of their last eight games and they will be hoping to snap a five-game skid after falling painfully short to the Wizards in a 124-121 home loss on Wednesday. Devin Booker led the team with 50 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Troy Daniels added 15 points off the bench while DeAndre Ayton chipped in with 14 points and 10 rebounds. As a team, the Suns shot 49 percent from the field and 14 of 37 from the 3-point line as they wrestled with the Wizards in a close contest that involved 23 lead changes, but in the end it was the Suns who blinked first as the Wizards won the game on an alley oop shot from Thomas Bryant with 2.8 seconds left. With the narrow loss, Phoenix fell to 17-59 overall and 10-27 at home.

Looking at the betting trends, the Grizzlies are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last four games against a team below .400 and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games following a loss. The Suns are 0-4 ATS in their last four home games, 8-22 ATS in their last 30 home games against a team with a losing road record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.

Head to head, the under is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings in Phoenix, the home team is 7-1 ATS in the last eight meetings and the Grizzlies are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Phoenix.

The Grizzlies have been in a rut lately, but that doesn’t compare to the Suns who have lost seven of their last eight games, despite back-to-back 50-point games from Booker. It’s hard to split these two squads at this late stage of the season with little to play for, but the Grizzlies are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Phoenix and 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games overall, so I’m going with the Suns in what is a lean, at best.

Pick:
Phoenix +1.5

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