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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Thursday when the Memphis Grizzlies and the Houston Rockets meet at Toyota Center.

The Grizzlies were a 104-94 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Jazz. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (198) made winners of OVER bettors.

In their last action, Houston was a 111-98 winner on the road against the Spurs. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (209) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Memphis:
Team record: 12-15 SU, 8-18-1 ATS
Current streak: won 2 straight games.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of last 10 games when playing on the road against Houston
is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 6 games when playing Houston
is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games when playing Houston

When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Denver are 5-5
After playing Utah are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

Houston:
Team record: 19-11 SU, 16-12-2 ATS

is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Memphis
is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of last 10 games when playing at home against Memphis
is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games

When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing New Orleans are 4-6
After playing San Antonio are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

Next up:
Memphis home to Denver, Saturday, December 28
Houston home to New Orleans, Saturday, December 28