NBA Predictions: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat
Friday, 3/21/14, 7:30 PM EST
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The Miami Heat are 26-6 SU at home this season

Memphis has won back-to-back games, including a 96-86 victory over the Utah Jazz as 11.5-point home favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest.  The Grizzlies have three of five starters averaging double figures, with point guard Mike Conley leading the way—scoring a career-high 17.1 points per contest.  The team is 19-13 SU on the road this season, including a 9-5 mark when taking on Eastern Conference opponents, which is important to consider when making your NBA predictions.  Memphis is 11-4-1 ATS in its last 16 games versus teams with a winning record.

The Grizzlies are receiving 33.4 points per game from their bench, with the group shooting 47.6 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from beyond the arc.  Memphis has won 23 of 31 games since center Marc Gasol returned to the lineup, which can’t be ignored when looking over the NBA betting lines.  Defensively, the squad is surrendering just 90.8 points per game over that span, which trails only the Chicago Bulls in that all-important statistical category.

Miami will look to bounce back from a 101-96 setback to the Boston Celtics as 4.5-point road favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for a fourth consecutive affair.  The Heat have gone 26-6 SU at AmericanAirlines Arena this season, including a 9-3 mark when taking on Western Conference opponents.  The franchise is 19-14 SU all-time in this series, including an 11-6 mark when playing in the Sunshine State.  Miami is 1-4 ATS in its last five games.

The Heat aren’t playing their best basketball since the arrival of star LeBron James, but it’s important to point out that the squad has put together 26 consecutive months of having a .500 or better record.  Miami also managed to clinch its playoff spot back on March 10, as it prepares to play in the postseason for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons.

Sports bettors will likely back the Grizzlies due to their 10-1-1 ATS mark versus teams with a .600 or better winning percentage.

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