Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies
Friday, 12/21/12, 8:00 PM EST, TV: SPSO
Opening Point Spread: Memphis -10
Current Betting Line: Memphis -10.5
Opening Total: 187.5
Current Total: 188.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Dallas has lost four of its last five games, including a 110-95 setback to the Miami Heat as 5.5-point home underdogs last night, while going OVER the total for a third-straight game. “They were making tough shots when we weren’t, then we had more poor breakdowns as the game went on,” stated Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle. The Mavericks are 4-10 on the road this season, including an even 3-3 mark versus Western Conference opponents. Dallas is 7-8 ATS as an underdog this season, with the OVER going 9-6 in that situation.
The Mavericks will have a hard time picking up a victory in Friday night’s contest, considering the home team won all three meetings in this series a year ago. Dallas owns a 51-15 all-time record against Memphis, but has dropped eight of the last 13. Leading-scorer O.J. Mayo will be amped up for this contest, as he played his first four NBA seasons with the Grizzlies. He is coming off a dreadful performance in scoring eight points on 3-of-14 shooting last night.
Memphis is back on track in winning its last three games that directly followed a three-game losing streak, as it picked up a 90-80 win over the Milwaukee Bucks as nine-point home favorites on Wednesday night. The Grizzlies have become one of the top teams in the league due to their defense, allowing opponents to score just 89.5 points per game. “That’s where we lay our hat at is on the defensive end,” stated Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen. Memphis is 6-6 ATS as a home favorite of 9.5 to 12 points over the last two-plus seasons, which can’t be ignored when making your pro basketball picks.
The Grizzlies deserve a long look on the pro basketball odds page, considering they’ve gone 7-1 ATS when facing teams that average 99 or more points this season. Memphis has also managed to win 22 of its last 24 games at the FedExForum. There’s a good chance the team can reach the century mark offensively in this affair, which has led directly to a 9-0 record when doing so in the early stages this year.
Sports bettors will likely back the Grizzlies due to the favorite going 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, while the Mavericks are 2-6 ATS in Memphis.
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