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Pointspread favors Heat in battle with Grizzlies

Memphis GrizzliesMiami Heat
April 6, 7:30 PM | AmericanAirlines Arena

Memphis Grizzlies vs Miami Heat Odds

30-23TEAM RECORD39-14

The Grizzlies will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Heat in Miami at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday in NBA action.

This season the Heat are 39-14 overall and 26-27 ATS against the number, while the Grizzlies are 30-23 and 24-29 ATS. As for the totals, Miami is 23-28-2 on the OU, and Memphis is 21-32.

View Memphis vs Miami Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Oddsmakers opened the Heat as 8.5-point favorites in this matchup, while the OVER/UNDER line was sitting at 189.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark have the No. 12-rated Grizzlies taking on the No. 4-rated Heat in this contest. Computer models indicate a possible 103-97 win for the Heat on Friday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Miami's No. 4-ranked offense (100.6 PPG) against a Grizzlies defense that ranks No. 9 at 93.8 PPG. The Heat have averaged 47.6% from the field per game, more than the Grizzlies have managed so far this season (44.6% on average).

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Grizzlies own the league's No. 5-rated mark, allowing 94.6 points per game when on the road. Miami, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in home scoring.

Memphis lost its last outing, a 95-85 result against the Mavericks on April 4. The Grizzlies failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point underdog, while the 180 combined points took the game UNDER the total. O.J. Mayo scored 17 points in a failed effort to lead the Grizzlies to victory (they lost 95-85 to Dallas at American Airlines Center on Wednesday).

The Heat were a 98-93 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Thunder. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score (191) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Heat got a 34-point performance from LeBron James as Miami handed Oklahoma City a 98-93 defeat on Wednesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Dallas are 6-4
After playing Dallas are 8-2
After a loss are 7-3

Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Detroit are 7-3
After playing Oklahoma City are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Grizzlies at Heat trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis's last 8 games when playing Miami
Memphis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Miami is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Miami's last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 8 games when playing Memphis

Next up:
Memphis home to Dallas, Saturday, April 7
Miami home to Detroit, Sunday, April 8