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NBA betting line favors Rockets over Grizzlies

Memphis GrizzliesHouston Rockets
12-15December 26, 2013, 08:00 | Toyota Center19-11

The Rockets will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Grizzlies tip off at Toyota Center on Thursday in NBA play.

The Rockets sit at 19-11 (16-12-2 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Grizzlies are currently 12-15 (8-18-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Houston is 16-14 OU, and Memphis is 14-13 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Memphis Grizzlies vs Houston Rockets Odds and Stats.

Those backing the visitors in this one found the Grizzlies listed as 7.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 198 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

This game pits the Rockets, currently No. 7 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Grizzlies, who rate No. 22 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 96-90 victory for the Rockets.

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. Zach Randolph scored 22 points and added 10 rebounds for a double-double, leading Memphis over Utah, 104-94, on Monday at FedExForum.

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. James Harden scored 28 points for Houston on Wednesday, leading the Rockets to a 111-98 victory over San Antonio at AT&T Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 2-ranked offense (106.47 PPG) against a Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 7 at 97.15 PPG. The Rockets have averaged 47.81% from the field per game, more than the Grizzlies have managed so far this season (44.84% on average).

Next up:
Memphis home to Denver, Saturday, December 28th
Houston home to Charlotte, Saturday, December 28th