New Orleans Hornets vs. Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies are 5-point favorites at home over the New Orleans Hornets.Â The over/under for the game is set at 183. These two teams are separated by just a half-game in the standings, and they currently sit in the No. 6 and No. 7 holes in the Western Conference.
The only thing that has been consistent about the Hornets this year has been their inconsistency. This is a team that has had winning streaks of seven and 10 games, and also a team that has failed to cover the spread in streaks of nine out of twelve and nine out of eleven.Â The Hornets are currently on a three-game losing streak. Trevor Ariza is considered questionable with a groin injury for this game, and if he can’t go, the number of relatively good scoring options is really slashed for the Hornets.Â David Wests 19.1 points per game lead the Hornets. The hope is that Carl Landry, acquired from Sacramento before the NBA’s trade deadline, can continue to play as well as he has in recent games.Â Landry has put up 9.5 PPG and 3.0 RPG since the deal with the Kings.
Meanwhile in Memphis, the Grizzlies are really playing playoff caliber ball right now, and they’re doing so without Rudy Gay in the lineup. Gay has been out since February 15, and there is a chance that he could be out for the rest of the season. Zach Randolph and Mike Conley Jr.Â has to step to the forefront on a regular basis. These two really do make up a great duo. Randolph provides all of the pop on the inside that the team needs, averaging 20.2 points per game and 13.1 rebounds per game, while Conley is a great distributor with 13.9 points per game and 6.5 assists per game.Â The Grizzlies average 100 points per game and defensively they allow 98 points per game.
Memphis has covered three in a row in this series and has won two of the last three.Â Tonights game should be no different in Memphis.Â I fully expect Memphis to win and cover against a struggling Hornets team that may be without Trevor Ariza.
Memphis Grizzlies -5 New Orleans Hornets