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Grizzlies vs Rockets: NBA odds preview

The Grizzlies scored an ATS win over the Rockets in Memphis back on November 9, so Houston will be looking to return the favor on the NBA betting lines on Saturday night at the Toyota Center.

Memphis just covered a 7-point spread in a 93-85 win over Houston when the teams last met, snapping a two-game skid both SU and ATS against the Rockets. Three of the past four games between the Grizzlies and the Rockets have been UNDER results on the totals.

Houston battles the Grizzlies, currently with a 18-6 mark (15-8-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 13-12 for the Rockets and 9-15 for the Grizzlies. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Betting Line:
Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Rockets as 2.5-point underdogs in this matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting around 195 earlier at GTbets.eu.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Rockets sit at No. 13 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Grizzlies are at No. 3 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Grizzlies will win this game 105-100.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 104.8 PPG, against a Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 1 at 89.2 PPG. The Rockets field goal percentage has averaged 44.5% so far, more than the Grizzlies shooters have achieved on the year, 43.6% per game.

Defensively, the Grizzlies feature the league's No. 4-rated defense on the road, giving up 92.4 points per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 in the league in scoring at home.

Memphis won its last outing, a 92-82 result against the Mavericks on December 21. The Grizzlies failed to cover in that game as a 10.5-point favorite, while the 174 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Grizzlies got a 26-point performance from Rudy Gay as Memphis ran past Dallas 92-82 on Friday at FedExForum.

In their last action, Houston was a 125-103 winner at home against the 76ers. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (228) was profitable news for OVER bettors. The battle between the Rockets and 76ers didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Philadelphia was handed a 125-103 defeat on Wednesday at Toyota Center.

Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Dallas are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Houston Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Chicago are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 8-2
After a win are 5-5


A few Grizzlies at Rockets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Memphis's last 8 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games on the road
Memphis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 8 games when playing at home against Memphis
Houston is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Memphis home to Philadelphia, Wednesday, December 26
Houston at Chicago, Tuesday, December 25