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Pacers take on Grizzlies in hoops contest

Indiana PacersMemphis Grizzlies
51-18March 22, 2014, 08:00 | FedExForum40-28

Memphis will look to improve on its 40-28 record on Saturday when they host Indiana in NBA odds action at FedExForum.

The Pacers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 35-33-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Grizzlies are 30-36-2 ATS. Indiana is 29-38-2 against the total, while Memphis is 33-35 versus the number. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). View Indiana Pacers vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Grizzlies as -2-point Favorite on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed earler at 178.5, but may be on the move at Bovada and other top sites.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Grizzlies rated this week at No. 16 and the Pacers sitting at No. 15. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 94-89 result in favor of the Pacers today.

Indiana won its last outing, a 91-79 result against the Bulls on March 21. The Pacers covered in that game as a 6.5-point favorite, while the 170 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Pacers grabbed a 91-79 win over the Bulls on Friday, behind a 19-point effort from Luis Scola at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

In their last action, Memphis was a 91-86 loser on the road against the Heat. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (177) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Memphis got 25 points and 14 rebounds from Zach Randolph in a losing cause in a 91-86 loss to Miami on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Memphis's No. 26-ranked offense (95.71 PPG) against a Pacers defense that ranks No. 1 at 92 PPG. The Grizzlies have averaged 46.21% from the field per game, more than the Pacers have managed so far this season (45.34% on average).

Next up:
Indiana at Chicago, Monday, March 24th
Memphis home to Minnesota, Monday, March 24th