NBA Picks Against the Spread: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Memphis Grizzlies
Philadelphia 76ers at Memphis Grizzlies
Wednesday, 12/26/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV: SPSO
Opening Point Spread: Memphis -10
Current Betting Line: Memphis -9
Opening Total: 184
Current Total: 182
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Philadelphia has dropped six of its last seven games, including a 95-92 setback to the Brooklyn Nets as six-point road underdogs Sunday, while going UNDER the total in consecutive contests. “The thing I don’t like about our schedule is it’s so imbalanced,” stated Sixers head coach Doug Collins. The team is 4-8 overall on the road, including a 1-2 mark versus Western Conference foes. Philadelphia is 1-4 ATS as a road underdog of 6.5 to 9 points this season, with the OVER going 3-2 in those contests.
The Sixers have lost four of the last five meetings in this series, while they’ve gone 5-6 when playing in Memphis overall. Philadelphia will be playing the second of eight straight road games, which could prove troublesome, considering the squad has fallen in defeat in seven of its last eight affairs away from the City of Brotherly Love. Point guard Jrue Holiday will need to lead the squad to victory, averaging team highs in putting up 18.3 points and dishing out 8.8 assists.
Memphis had its four-game win streak snapped in a 121-96 defeat to the Houston Rockets as one-point road underdogs, while going OVER the total for the first time in eight contests. “We just had no juice, no energy and were not mentally tough,” stated Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins. The Grizzlies should put forth a better defensive effort in this spot, as they lead the West in surrendering just 90.5 points per game. Memphis is 4-2 ATS as a home favorite of 6.5 to 9 points this season, with the UNDER going 5-1 in that situation.
The Grizzlies have put together a 12-2 record at FedExForum this season, including a 7-1 mark versus Eastern Conference foes. Memphis has won 23 of its last 25 games at the facility, as it will lean heavily on small forward Rudy Gay, who is 19th in the league in averaging 18.2 points per game. Since Hollins got the job back in January 2009, the squad has improved its regular season record every season.
Sports bettors will likely back the 76ers due to their 2-1 ATS mark on the road when the total is between 180 and 184.5, while the Grizzlies are 4-5 ATS in December.
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