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Celtics vs Grizzlies Betting Preview

Memphis GrizzliesBoston Celtics
Jan 2, 7:30 PM | TD Garden

Memphis Grizzlies vs Boston Celtics Odds

19-9TEAM RECORD14-16

TD Garden features an NBA battle between the host Boston Celtics and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies in betting action on Wednesday.

Boston battles the Grizzlies, currently with a 19-9 mark (16-11-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 16-13-1 for the Celtics and 11-17 for the Grizzlies. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
For bettors going with the Celtics in this one, they were listed earlier as 1.5-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 179.5 for Monday at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 25-rated Celtics and the No. 4-rated Grizzlies in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 99-92 win for the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 17-ranked offense (95.9 PPG) against a Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 1 at 90 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 46.1% from the field per game, more than the Grizzlies have managed so far this season (43.4% on average).

Defensively, the Grizzlies feature the league's No. 7-rated defense on the road, giving up 94.4 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 in the league in scoring at home.

Memphis lost its last outing, an 88-83 result against the Pacers on December 31. The Grizzlies failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point favorite, while the 171 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Grizzlies got a 21-point performance from Zach Randolph, who added 15 rebounds, but Indiana still ran past Memphis 88-83 on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

In their last action, Boston was a 118-96 loser on the road against the Kings. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (214) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Boston was run off the court by the Kings on Sunday as Sacramento blasted them 118-96 at Power Balance Pavilion.

Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 9-1
Before playing Portland are 6-4
After playing Indiana are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Indiana are 5-5
After playing Sacramento are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

A few Grizzlies at Celtics trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Memphis's last 11 games when playing Boston
Memphis is 13-1-1 ATS in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Memphis's last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Memphis's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Boston's last 11 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing at home against Memphis
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Memphis home to Portland, Friday, January 4
Boston home to Indiana, Friday, January 4