Grizzlies open as NBA underdog vs Hawks

Memphis GrizzliesAtlanta Hawks
Feb 6, 7:30 PM | Philips Arena

Memphis Grizzlies vs Atlanta Hawks Odds

30-17TEAM RECORD26-21

The Hawks will try to cover the spread at Philips Arena on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Grizzlies in basketball action.

The Hawks sit at 26-21 (19-26-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Grizzlies are currently 30-17 (27-19-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Atlanta is 23-23-1 OU, and Memphis is 18-28-1 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Hawks as 3-point favorites in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 181.5 earlier at GTbets.eu.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 18-rated Hawks and the No. 6-ranked Grizzlies, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 97-94 result in favor of the Grizzlies.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Atlanta's No. 15-ranked offense, averaging 96.4 PPG, against a Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 1 at 89.7 PPG. The Hawks field goal percentage has averaged 45.8% so far, more than the Grizzlies shooters have achieved on the year, 43.5% per game.

Defensively, the Grizzlies feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, giving up 93.3 points per game. Atlanta, meanwhile, comes in at No. 13 in the league in scoring at home.

The Grizzlies were a 96-90 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Suns. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (186) made winners of OVER bettors. The Grizzlies wasted a 29-point performance from Jerryd Bayless as Phoenix ran past them 96-90 on Tuesday at FedExForum.

Atlanta lost its last outing, a 114-103 result against the Pacers on February 5. The Hawks failed to cover in that game as a 6-point underdog, while the 217 combined points took the game OVER the total. Jeff Teague scored 24 points in a failed effort to lead the Hawks to victory (they lost 114-103 to Indiana at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday).

Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Golden State are 8-2
After playing Phoenix are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

Atlanta Hawks Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing New Orleans are 8-2
After playing Indiana are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Grizzlies at Hawks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Memphis's last 7 games
Memphis is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Memphis's last 6 games when playing Atlanta
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Memphis's last 6 games when playing on the road against Atlanta
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Memphis
Atlanta is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Memphis
Atlanta is 9-2-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Memphis
Atlanta is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Memphis home to Golden State, Friday, February 8
Atlanta home to New Orleans, Friday, February 8