Celtics visit Grizzlies in hoops battle
Boston Celtics vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds
FedExForum features an NBA battle between the host Memphis Grizzlies and the visiting Boston Celtics in betting action on Saturday.
Memphis battles the Celtics, currently with a 36-32 mark (32-33-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 27-40-1 for the Grizzlies and 34-33-1 for the Celtics. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Bettors looking to side with the Grizzlies in this one found them as 8.5-point favorites earlier at , while the total had been sitting in the area of 181.5 at Bovada.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Grizzlies, currently No. 8 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Celtics, who rate No. 15 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 98-94 victory for the Grizzlies.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Memphis's No. 27-ranked offense (93.2 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 7 at 95.8 PPG. The Grizzlies have averaged 44.2% from the field per game, less than the Celtics have managed so far this season (46% on average).
Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 11-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.4 points per game. Memphis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Boston, they were a 104-94 loser as they battled the Mavericks on the road. The Celtics failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point underdog, while 198 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Kevin Garnett scored 16 points in a failed effort to lead the Celtics to victory (they lost 104-94 to Dallas at American Airlines Center on Friday).
The Grizzlies were a 90-83 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Hornets. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (173) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Grizzlies endured a 90-83 loss at the hands of the Hornets on Friday, despite a 20-point effort from Mike Conley at New Orleans Arena.
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing New York are 8-2
After playing Dallas are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5
Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing New Orleans are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3
A few Celtics at Grizzlies trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Memphis
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Memphis
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Boston's last 12 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games at home
Memphis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games
Boston home to New York, Tuesday, March 26
Memphis at Washington, Monday, March 25