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Memphis Grizzlies vs Phoenix Suns Odds
The Grizzlies will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Suns in Phoenix at US Airways Center on Sunday in NBA action.
The Suns sport records of 12-22 and 14-19-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Grizzlies sit at 20-10 and 17-12-1 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 16-18 for the Suns and 11-19 for the Grizzlies. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Suns at No. 29 and the Grizzlies at No. 4 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 100-91 result in favor of the Grizzlies.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Phoenix's No. 15-ranked offense (96.8 PPG) against a Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 1 at 89.7 PPG. The Suns have averaged 45% from the field per game, more than the Grizzlies have managed so far this season (43.4% on average).
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Grizzlies own the league's No. 3-rated mark, allowing 93.5 points per game when playing on the road. Phoenix, on the other hand, rates No. 20 in scoring on their home court.
In their last action, Memphis was an 86-84 loser at home against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (170) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Marreese Speights scored 22 points and added 13 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 86-84 against Portland in NBA action at FedExForum.
Last time out for Phoenix, they were an 87-80 loser as they battled the Jazz at home. The Suns failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point favorite, while 167 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Suns endured an 87-80 loss at the hands of the Jazz on Friday, despite an 18 -point effort from Marcin Gortat at US Airways Center.
Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Sacramento are 5-5
After playing Portland are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3
Phoenix Suns Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After playing Utah are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8
A few Grizzlies at Suns trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Memphis's last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 7 games when playing Phoenix
Phoenix is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Phoenix's last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing at home against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Phoenix's last 7 games when playing Memphis
Memphis at Sacramento, Monday, January 7
Phoenix at Milwaukee, Tuesday, January 8