Memphis Grizzlies at Atlanta Hawks Pick
The Memphis Grizzlies (28-40) will travel to the ATL to take on the Atlanta Hawks (23-45) in a cross-conference collision set to take place at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The game is set for a 7:30 PM start and will be televised on FSN. The two teams last met in October where the Hawks defeated by the Grizzlies 131-117. As a result, Memphis covered the spread easily as a seven-point favorite.
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Memphis Grizzlies at Atlanta Hawks Overview
The Grizzlies enter into this contest off a three-game winning streak thanks to a successful home-stand against the likes of Orlando, Utah, and Portland. Most recently, the Grizzlies took down the Magic on Sunday as a one-point underdog to defeat them 105-97. As a result, Memphis improved to 5-0 ATS in their last five matches.
The Hawks step in off a win at home on Sunday when they hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. Also closing as a one-point underdog, the Hawks cruised to a 128-116 victory in the ATL to snap a three-game losing streak.
Reasons To Avoid Memphis
On the road, Memphis is a salty 10-23 SU on the season. This is a basketball team that has pieced together some rather grisly losing streaks outside of Memphis this year, and recent results reflect that tendency. In their last four road contests, the Grizzlies have won just once. With the Home Team winning the previous three meetings overall, the element of location will also play a factor in this contest, and this works against the Grizzlies.
Reasons To Back Atlanta
The Hawks can get enough leverage out of their bench operations to create a big enough edge to get the win here and provide the basket it needs to produce a cover. Memphis’ bench curates 35.2 points per game while the Hawks bench produces 41.6 points per contest. On average, the Hawks average 6.4 more points per fixture compared to their counterparts should the benches become a factor here. Moreover, the Memphis offense is the most maligned in the NBA producing just 101.6 points per outing. This figure is even more significant compared to Atlanta's offense which scores 112.4 points per match. While Memphis may own the best scoring defense (103.7 points per contest) compared to Atlanta's worst-ranked scoring defense (118.7 points per game), the Grizzlies lack of explosiveness puts them in position to lose even if this becomes a lower-scoring game.
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Grizzlies at Hawks Pick 03/13/2019
Make no mistake about it, this is by no means a knock-down drag them out match-up of heavyweights, but there is still value to be had here nonetheless. The Grizzlies have had enough trouble on the road this year losing to teams that quite frankly they could have and perhaps should have beat. This contest will be another example of that narrative. Had the Grizzlies not been in such good form overall heading into this cross-conference collision, we would assuredly have seen them priced as a much larger underdog. Be that as it may, we’ll spot the point and cash in on a short-sold Hawks. Atlanta wins and covers here.
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