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Hornets open as NBA underdog vs Grizzlies

Memphis GrizzliesNew Orleans Hornets
March 22, 8:00 PM | New Orleans Arena

Memphis Grizzlies vs New Orleans Hornets Odds

46-21TEAM RECORD23-46

The Hornets will try to cover the spread at New Orleans Arena on Friday when they get a visit from the Grizzlies in basketball action.

Supporters of the Grizzlies have seen them go 46-21 and 39-27-1 ATS so far this season, while the Hornets are at 23-46 and 34-35 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Hornets are 37-32, while the Grizzlies are 27-39-1.

View Memphis vs New Orleans Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Hornets installed as 5-point underdogs in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 182.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 25-rated Hornets and the No. 8-rated Grizzlies in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 98-90 win for the Grizzlies on Friday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New Orleans's No. 25-ranked offense (93.9 PPG) against a Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 1 at 89.2 PPG. The Hornets have averaged 45% from the field per game, more than the Grizzlies have managed so far this season (44.3% on average).

Defensively, the Grizzlies feature the league's No. 2-rated defense on the road, giving up 91.8 points per game. New Orleans, meanwhile, comes in at No. 29 in the league in scoring at home.

Memphis won its last outing, a 90-89 result against the Thunder on March 20. The Grizzlies failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point favorite, while the 179 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Mike Conley scored 24 points leading the Grizzlies to a 90-89 victory over Oklahoma City at FedExForum on Wednesday.

New Orleans was an 87-86 winner in its last match at home against the Celtics. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 173 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Hornets grabbed an 87-86 win over the Celtics on Wednesday, behind a 21-point effort from Ryan Anderson at New Orleans Arena.

Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

New Orleans Hornets Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Denver are 2-8
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a win are 2-8

A few Grizzlies at Hornets trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games
Memphis is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Memphis's last 14 games when playing on the road against New Orleans
Memphis is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing New Orleans
The total has gone OVER in 11 of New Orleans's last 14 games when playing at home against Memphis
New Orleans is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New Orleans's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of New Orleans's last 10 games at home

Next up:
Memphis home to Boston, Saturday, March 23
New Orleans home to Denver, Monday, March 25