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Youthful Wolves Tangle With Veteran Grizzlies at the Grindhouse

The Memphis Grizzlies have been a Western Conference staple for the better part of the last decade. The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t seen the playoffs since 2004 and have been largely irrelevant in that span. The experienced Grizzlies play host to the young Wolves in their season opener of the 2016-17 NBA season on Wednesday.

Shark Bites
  • The Grizzlies are 0-12 SU in their last 12 games against the Western Conference.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Timberwolves' last five games against the Grizzlies.
  • The Timberwolves are 5-17 SU in their last 22 games against the Grizzlies.

Memphis handed out three max contracts over the last two summers and are hoping the money pays dividends come the spring. Mike Conley signed the largest contract in NBA history in a staggering five-year, $153-million deal and Chandler Parsons left Houston to ink a four-year, $94-million agreement over the summer.

Tonight’s contest will mark the debut of new Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau went 255-139 in five seasons with the Chicago Bulls and will be charged with improving a defense that allowed an average of 106 points on 47.1 percent shooting last year.

Minny has the best young roster in the Association, and the sky truly is the limit for this group. Karl-Anthony Towns is already one of the best big men in the NBA, Andrew Wiggins is full of potential, Kris Dunn is the point guard of the future and Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng are nice complementary pieces. The playoffs may be an ambitious goal, but expect this team to dominate for the foreseeable future once they find their footing.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Memphis Grizzlies opened as -3.5-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total line was sitting around 198.5 at Bovada for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting on the total amount of points scored.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 113-90 result in favor of the Timberwolves today. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Memphis Grizzlies sit at 0-0 (0-0 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Minnesota Timberwolves are currently 0-0 (0-0 ATS). Looking to bet on the points scored total? Memphis is 46-40 OU and Minnesota is 43-36-3 OU. This season the Memphis Grizzlies are 0-0 overall and 0-0 ATS against the number, while the Minnesota Timberwolves are 0-0 and 0-0 ATS. As for the totals, Memphis is 46-40 on the OU, and Minnesota is 43-36-3. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Memphis vs Minnesota injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams with the Memphis Grizzlies rated this week at No. 25 and the Minnesota Timberwolves sitting at No. 24.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Timberwolves and Pelicans didn't turn out to be much of a battle at all as New Orleans was handed a 144-109 defeat on Wednesday at Target Center.

Memphis was crushed on Sunday, getting run out of the gym by San Antonio and falling 116-95 at FedExForum.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Memphis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Memphis is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 7 games
  • Memphis is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota at Sacramento, Saturday, October 29th
Memphis at New York, Saturday, October 29th

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