I was off on my pick last Wednesday as the Pelicans (-6) were defeated 93-85 at home versus the Nuggets. Tonight I like the Memphis Grizzlies-Phoenix Suns match-up.
Memphis Grizzlies (35-12) @ Phoenix Suns (28-21)
The Memphis Grizzlies have won 6 in a row and 10 of their last 11 games. On Saturday they were victorious 85-74 at home versus Oklahoma City. Their last 3 wins have been by a margin of 11 or more points. In their last 6 games they’ve held their opponents under 95 points. They’ve held their last 2 opponents under 75 points. They’ve failed to score 100 points in their last 2 games. They are 14-7 on the road this season. They have won their last 3 road games. They are 9-0 versus Pacific division opponents. They are 12th in the league in points per game with 101.3 points per game, 16th in the league in rebounds per game with 43.2 per game, 10th in the league in assists per game with 22.3 per game, and 2nd in the league in points allowed with 96. Center Marc Gasol leads the team in scoring with 18.7 points per game. Forward Zach Randolph leads the team in rebounding with 12.2 boards per game. Guard Mike Conley leads the team in assists with 5.6 per game. Tonight is the start of a 3 game road trip. Their next game is Wednesday at Utah. The Phoenix Suns have won 2 of their last 3 games. On Saturday they were defeated 106-87 at Golden State. Their last 2 losses have been by a margin of 19 or more points. Their last 3 home wins have been by a margin of 8 points or less. 5 of their last 7 opponents have scored 100 or more points. They have failed to score 100 points in 2 of their last 3 games. They are 15-9 at home this season. They’ve won their last 2 home games. They are 3-6 versus Southwest division opponents. They are 4th in the league in points per game with 106.8 points per game, 18th in the league in rebounds per game with 42.6 per game, 21st in the league in assists per game with 20.9 per game, and 28th in the league in points allowed with 104.9. Guard Eric Bledsoe leads the team in scoring with 16.9 points per game and leads the team in assists with 6 per game. Center Alex Len leads the team in rebounding with 6 rebounds per game. Including tonight they play 2 of their next 3 games at home. Their next game is Thursday at Portland.
Memphis was victorious in their first 2 meetings with Phoenix this season. On November 5th the Grizzlies notched a 102-91 win at Phoenix and on January 11th the Grizzlies scored a 122-110 overtime home win versus the Suns. Tonight is the last meeting of the season between the 2 teams.
Grizzlies vs Suns Prediction
The Grizzlies have turned it up on defense recently and look to be in good form for the 2nd half of the season. The Suns are holding on the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoffs race and you never know when they’ll surprise a team you would think is better than them. I just think the Grizzlies will slow down the Suns a bit and that will affect their game plan.
Take the Grizzlies -2.5 (Bet365)
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