The Memphis Grizzlies are fourth in the Western Conference (Tied for 4th in the S-W NBA Power Ratings in the West) with a 24-13 record (21-14-2 ATS) and are going through a dull period of play at 5-5 in their previous 10 contests, which includes three straight defeats. Maybe it’s just something the Grizz are going through at the moment or it could be the rumors of trading Rudy Gay are causing issues in the locker room, having the players wondering about ownership’s commitment to winning. Memphis has been a consistent winner for a few years and good team to bet on regularly, but it suffers from its location and the low income of the community.
Despite its sterling record, the Grizzlies are 18th in attendance in the league and at this point of the season are drawing 45 more fans per game than Cleveland, who is 10-31 on the year.
Memphis does not have the financial resources of most of the other top teams in the NBA and needs a player of Gay’s scoring ability, since they can struggle offensively. For the future of the franchise, trading Gay might be the best move, however, realistically, this is Memphis’ window of opportunity and breaking up the chemistry might send the franchise backwards.
If you were here last Friday, we talked about when to bet on or against the Miami Heat. At that time, the Heat was colder than a solitary person at a craps table. However, Miami is heating up with a 3-1 ATS record of late, including two in a row. Yes, time to back LBJ and friends.
Has Dallas found chemistry with Dirk Nowitzki rounding into form and getting used to his new teammates? It seems that way since the Mavericks have won four consecutive times and is on a 5-0 ATS rollout. A truer indication of where Dallas actually is might come tonight, hosting Oklahoma City, since as coach Rick Carlisle pointed out, the past three wins have come against opponents in the second night of two games.
Portland has dropped four straight and Trailblazers backers are convinced the team’s lack of quality depth is the main reason. This season was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Portland, but rookie point guard Damian Lillard energized the starting lineup and the Blazers bolted to 20-15. However, coach Terry Stotts is playing his starting five heavy minutes since contributions off the bench have been negligible. No simple answers here.
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To figure a spread on a game, use the current NBA Power Ratings and utilize the home court advantage next to the team’s name.
|Boston +3||117||116||116||Denver +5||118||118||120|
|Brooklyn +3||116||117||118||Minnesota +3||115||116||115|
|New York +4||116||119||119||Oklahoma City +4.5||120||121||123|
|Philadelphia +3||116||116||113||Portland +4||114||117||116|
|Toronto +3.5||113||112||113||Utah +4.5||115||117||117|
|Chicago +3||116||117||117||Dallas +3||116||114||114|
|Cleveland +2.5||113||111||110||Houston +3.5||113||118||117|
|Detroit +3||113||112||112||Memphis +4.5||117||121||120|
|Indiana +4||117||118||118||New Orleans +3||112||112||113|
|Milwaukee +3||114||116||116||San Antonio +5||119||122||123|
|Atlanta +3||115||118||116||Golden State +3.5||114||119||119|
|Charlotte +2.5||112||109||109||L.A. Clippers +5||117||122||123|
|Miami +4.5||120||122||120||L.A. Lakers +3||119||115||115|
|Orlando +2.5||111||113||112||Phoenix +3||113||112||111|
|Washington +3||112||107||107||Sacramento +3||113||112||113|