Detroit Pistons vs. Memphis Grizzlies

The Detroit Pistons hope to turn things around as they host the surging Memphis Grizzlies.  The Grizzlies are -3.5 point favorites against the Pistons with an over/under point total set at 180.

The Pistons struggles on the offensive end continue as they managed just 14 points in the last quarter of Wednesday nights 93-85 loss at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Detroit have now loss three straight and nine of their last 10 overall, due to their ineptitude on the offensive end. The Pistons rank dead last in the NBA with just 85 points per game and are having real troubles in the fourth quarters as they have been outscored by 25 points during their three game skid.

Thanks to some fast starts, the Grizzlies have improved to 6-3 since Zach Randolph went down with an injury as they continue their climb up the Western Conference standings. Since dropping a season worst three in the row, Memphis has now rattled off four straight and are averaging 54.8 points on 56% shooting, compared to just 42.8 points on 39% shooting from their opponents in the first halves. Rudy Gay and Mark Gasol have done the brunt of the damage in the opening 24 minutes as Gay is averaging a team best 13.3 points, while Gasil is averaging 9.8 points and six rebounds before half time.

Head to head, the Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Detroit, while the road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The Pistons are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5, but just 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Grizzlies on the other hand are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite of 0.5-4.5 and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400.

The Pistons are a mess right now. They started the season off well enough, however they have been the worst team in the league since January 1 st and funnily enough, they have been worse at home than they have been on the road as they have lost their last four at the Palace by an average of 15.2 points per game. The Grizzlies on the other hand haven’t won back to back games in almost a year, however with the way they are playing lately, you would think that would change tonight.  Take the Grizzlies minus the 3.5.

Pick

Memphis Grizzlies -3.5 Detroit Pistons

January 20, 2012 by : Posted in NBA, Sportsbook No Comments

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