Memphis Grizzlies at Charlotte Hornets Pick
The Memphis Grizzlies (20-32) will travel to the Queen City to take on the Charlotte Hornets (24-26) at the Spectrum Center a cross-conference collision on Thursday, January 17th, 2019. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM and is set to be broadcast on FSN. These two teams last met nine days ago in Memphis where the Hornets would emerge victorious by a score of 118-107 to produce an upset as a 1.5-point underdog. Overall, the Hornets have held the upper hand in this series as they have won the last four meetings between both sides while also producing an equally impressive four-game cover streak.
Memphis Grizzlies at Charlotte Hornets Overview
The Grizzlies enter into this contest in overall poor form as they won just one game in their last ten outings. Despite this skid, the Grizzlies have covered in their previous three outings. Most recently, the Grizzlies traveled north to Minneapolis on Wednesday to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves where they fell by a mere bucket in overtime in a heartbreaking 99-97 loss. The Grizzlies were able to come in under the number as a three-point underdog.
The Hornets come into this fixture off the heels of a blustery loss at the hands of the Boston Celtics when Charlotte traveled to Beantown on Wednesday. The Hornets were nowhere near covering as a seven-point underdog as they were thrashed by a score of 124-96.
Reasons To Back Memphis
There are several ingredients which make the Grizzlies a value play here. Firstly, Memphis is bound to take back inflated points here as a whole given their nasty losing streak. This can be chalked up to the marketing trying to generate action on the Grizzlies as no one would want a part of them otherwise. In addition, Charlotte’s overall dominance in this series is another trinket that sets up the Hornets to be overvalued here while the opposite is the case with the Grizzlies.
Reasons To Avoid Charlotte
The Hornets play exceptional basketball on their own court as they are 17-8 SU in Charlotte. The media has said it themselves: Charlotte is a different team in the Queen City. In this contest, the Hornets will be looking for their fourth consecutive win at home against a Memphis team that has some well-documented road woes as the Grizzlies stand at just 8-18 SU outside of Memphis. This narrative in itself once again props up the public perception of the Hornets here and subjects them once again to both an overlay and overreaction. Be that as it may, 70% of the consensus fancy Charlotte here which means this situation appears to be setting up. The line may continue to move with more points going to Memphis by the closing bell as a result of this lean.
Grizzlies at Hornets Prediction 02/01/2019
Not only can Memphis cover here but it is also safe to assess that an upset may be imminent here. All the ingredients aligned for Memphis to be supremely undervalued and with all this being said they are still just a mid-range underdog. The Grizzlies will avenge their most recent bitter overtime loss against a Charlotte team that is still beleaguered after getting beat down two days ago. While Memphis is geared to pull the upset, we’ll take the points as there are likely far more to work with than needed.