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NBA Game Preview - Celtics underdogs vs Grizzlies at Boston

Memphis GrizzliesBoston Celtics
7-7November 27, 2013, 07:30 | TD Garden6-10

A key NBA battle sees the visiting Grizzlies travelling to Boston Wednesday to face the Celtics on Wednesday.

The Grizzlies will try to spoil the party on Wednesday; they are 4-10 ATS against the number this season, while the Celtics are 9-7 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injury news). Memphis is 7-7 on the totals; Boston is 5-11.

View Memphis Grizzlies vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

For bettors going with the Celtics in this one, they were listed earlier as 2.5-point underdogs on the betting line at Bovada. Totals bettors have seen that number set at 182.5 for Wednesday at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Celtics sit at No. 26 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Grizzlies are at No. 17 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Grizzlies will win this game 85-84.

The Grizzlies were a 93-86 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Rockets. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (179) made winners of UNDER bettors. Memphis suffered a 93-86 loss against Houston on Monday, getting 16 points from Tayshaun Prince in a losing effort at FedExForum.

In their last action, Boston was a 96-86 winner on the road against the Bobcats. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (182) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Jordan Crawford scored 21 points leading the Celtics to a 96-86 victory over Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena on Monday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Grizzlies rank No. 22 in the league with 41.57 per game. That compares with Boston’s No. 25 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Boston is the NBA’s No. 26-ranked team at 5.56 per game, while the Grizzlies rate No. 30 with 4.36 per contest.

Next up:
Memphis home to New Jersey, Saturday, November 30th
Boston home to Cleveland, Friday, November 29th