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NBA Game Preview - Grizzlies underdogs vs Rockets at Memphis

Houston RocketsMemphis Grizzlies
29-16January 25, 2014, 08:00 | FedExForum21-20

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

The Rockets will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 22-20-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Grizzlies are 17-23-1 ATS. Houston is 20-23-2 against the total, while Memphis is 21-20 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Houston Rockets vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Grizzlies sat as 1-point underdogs. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 195.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Grizzlies and the No. 20-ranked Rockets, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 96-92 result in favor of the Rockets.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Memphis's No. 25-ranked offense (95.66 PPG) against a Rockets defense that ranks No. 20 at 101.64 PPG. The Grizzlies have averaged 45.22% from the field per game, less than the Rockets have managed so far this season (47.19% on average).

Next up:
Houston home to San Antonio, Tuesday, January 28th
Memphis at Portland, Tuesday, January 28th