Memphis Grizzlies vs. Houston Rockets Point Spread Betting Pick
The Memphis Grizzlies will try and finish up the first half of their regular season schedule with a victory over the Southwest Division rival Houston Rockets this Friday night at the Toyota Center. Tip-off for this matchup is slated for 9 p.m. (ET) and the game will be available on NBA League Pass.
Point Spread: Houston -6
Total Line: 199
Grizzlies vs. Rockets Game Overview
The Grizzlies are coming off a disappointing 95-92 loss to New Orleans this past Monday as 7.5 home favorites. The loss snapped a five-game straight-up winning streak and dropped their overall record back to an even 20-20 SU on the year. Memphis has now failed to cover in its last three games after going on a profitable 7-0 run against the spread in its previous seven outings. The net result is a 17-22-1 record ATS with an 8-7-1 record ATS on the road. The total has stayed UNDER in its last four games.
Memphis will never be confused with some of the more potent scoring teams in the NBA with just 95.9 points a game, but its signature defense continues to rank near the top of the league by holding opposing teams to an average of 96.6 points on the other end of the court. Mike Conley is the team's leading scorer with 18.1 points as part of a group of five different players scoring in double figures. Zach Randolph is chipping in 17.1 points while pulling down a team-high 10.6 rebounds and Conley also leads the way in assists with 6.3 a game.
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Houston brings a three-game winning streak into Friday's contest after knocking off Sacramento 119-98 this past Wednesday night as a 10-point home favorite. It is now 29-15 straight-up on the year and tied with the Los Angeles Clippers for fourth place in the West. The Rockets have failed to cover in seven of their last 12 games. Overall, they are 22-20-2 ATS with a 12-10-2 record ATS at home. The total has stayed UNDER in 13 of those 24 home games.
The Rockets have been lighting up the scoreboard during this recent three-game run with an average of 119.7 points. They are ranked third in the NBA in scoring with an average of 105.9 points a game and shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from 3-point range. James Harden is averaging a team-high 24.3 points and 5.4 assists with Dwight Howard chipping in another 18.3 points and 12.6 rebounds. Houston has six different players scoring in double figures and it is ranked sixth in the NBA in rebounds with 45.4 a game.
The Grizzlies are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following a SU loss but just 7-21 ATS in their last 28 division games. The total has stayed UNDER in 10 of their last 13 games against a team with a SU winning record.
The Rockets are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win and 3-4 ATS in their last seven home games. The total has gone OVER in three of their last five games played at home.
Head-to-head in this Southwest rivalry, the home team has covered in eight of the last 10 meetings while going 8-2 SU as well and the total has stayed UNDER in five of the last seven games. Houston has the 2-0 edge both SU and ATS in this season's series with a win at home and on the road.
This is a classic battle between a defensive-minded ball club trying to slow down one of the most high-flying offensive attacks in the league. The other factor in this matchup heading into this home-and-home series is a dominating performance by the host team. Combine that with Houston's current form and the play in this game is the Rockets laying the seven points at home.