The Memphis Grizzlies (27-21) and Houston Rockets (27-24) will meet up in a Western Conference contest on Friday night inside the Toyota Center in Houston
Memphis Grizzlies at Houston Rockets
Memphis will try to win three games in a row for the first time since a five-game win streak from Feb. 21-March 7, as it hits the road for three games starting Friday night. The Grizzlies will definitely face a challenge in looking to snap an 11-game road losing streak against the Houston Rockets. Offensively, the team has managed to average just 88.4 points in dropping those contests, which is nearly seven points less than the team scores on average this year (95.2). Memphis is 2-4 ATS as a road favorite of three points or less this season.
The Grizzlies are 10-14 overall on the road this season, including a dismal 6-12 when taking on Western Conference opponents. Memphis will play seven games in the next eight days, while eight of their next 11 opponents would make the playoffs if the season ended today. Power forward Zach Randolph is still working himself back in shape after missing 37 games with a torn right MCL, averaging 13.6 points and 8.4 rebounds in only 27.7 minutes in seven games. Small forward Rudy Gay is the leader offensively, averaging a team-high 18.9 points, which is tied for 18th in the NBA.
Houston has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it comes off a 90-81 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. The Rockets will still be playing without the services of their starting back court, with Kyle Lowry (illness) and Kevin Martin (shoulder) being unavailable. The team was unable to hold a 30-19 first-quarter lead versus the Mavericks, with Luis Scola leading the way in finishing with 22 points and eight rebounds. “We got a little bit tired,” stated Rockets head coach Kevin McHale. Houston is 4-0 ATS as a home underdog of three points or less.
The Rockets are 19-7 at home this season, including a 12-6 mark versus teams out West. Houston has lost two of the three meetings against Memphis this year, but captured a 97-93 win as three-point home favorites on Feb. 20. It’s all about trying to hold an opponent to 90 points or less, as the squad is 15-0 this season when doing so.
Bettors will likely back the Rockets due to the home team being 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings, while the Grizzlies are 3-7 ATS when playing on two days rest.
Recommendation: Houston Rockets PK
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