VietBet Game Line: Memphis -8.5
VietBet Total Line: 204.5
The New Orleans Pelicans will go on the road to the FedExForum this Wednesday night to tangle with the Memphis Grizzlies in one last matchup between these two Southwest Division foes before this weekend’s NBA All-Star break. Game time is set for 8 p.m.
New Orleans at Memphis Game Preview
The Pelicans will try and head into this weekend’s All-Star break on a high note after winning two of their last three games both straight-up and against the spread. It has still been a long season at 22-34 SU (26-29-1 ATS) and a fairly rough patch for bettors with New Orleans’ 3-6 run ATS in its last nine games. The total has stayed UNDER VietBet’s closing line in four of its last six contests.
Anthony Davis scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds in Monday’s tight 110-108 road victory against Phoenix with the Pelicans closing as 3.5-point underdogs. He continues to lead the team in both points (27.9) and rebounds (12.0) per game. Jrue Holiday is second in scoring with 16.2 PPG and he has led the way in assists with 7.5. With 18 points in Monday’s win, Holiday has now exceeded his scoring average in three of his last five starts.
Memphis has been able to string together a 7-2 record both SU and ATS over its last nine games following Monday’s 112-103 road win against Brooklyn as an eight-point favorite. The total went OVER VietBet’s closing 211-point line in that game and it has gone OVER in eight of the Grizzlies last nine games. They head back home with a SU record of 18-10 at FedExForum this season while going 15-13 ATS.
The Grizzlies are in solid shape in the Western Conference standings at 34-23 SU (30-27 ATS) and a great deal of their success this season can be attributed to a shutdown defense that is ranked third in the NBA in points allowed (99.6). They have held teams below the century mark six times over their last nine games. Mark Gasol continues to lead Memphis in scoring with 20.7 PPG. He ended the game against the Nets with 19 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
New Orleans at Memphis Free Game Prediction
Memphis has a 2-0 edge both SU and ATS in the season series and I really like the Grizzlies’ chances to head into the break with another victory (SU and ATS) against their division rivals on Wednesday night.