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NBA Matchup - Rockets Grizzlies Odds Preview

Memphis GrizzliesHouston Rockets
20-20January 24, 2014, 08:00 | Toyota Center29-15

Toyota Center features an NBA battle between the host Houston Rockets and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies in betting action on Friday.

Houston will face the 20-20 Grizzlies, who own a 16-23-1 ATS mark on the season. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Rockets are 20-22-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Grizzlies are 21-19 favoring the OVER.

View Memphis Grizzlies vs Houston Rockets Odds and Stats.

The Grizzlies were listed as 7-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 198 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 20-rated Rockets and the No. 11-rated Grizzlies in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 96-92 win for the Rockets on Friday.

Memphis lost its last outing, a 95-92 result against the Pelicans on January 20. The Grizzlies failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 187 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Zach Randolph scored 23 points and added 20 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 95-92 against New Orleans in NBA action at FedExForum.

In their last action, Houston was a 119-98 winner at home against the Kings. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (217) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Sacramento was run off the court by the Rockets on Wednesday as Houston blasted the Kings 119-98 at Toyota Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 3-ranked offense (105.91 PPG) against a Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 4 at 96.55 PPG. The Rockets have averaged 47.35% from the field per game, more than the Grizzlies have managed so far this season (45.2% on average).

A few Grizzlies at Rockets trends to consider:
Memphis is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Memphis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games
Memphis is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Houston is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing Memphis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Memphis

Next up:
Memphis home to Houston, Saturday, January 25th