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Suns vs Grizzlies Betting Preview

Memphis GrizzliesPhoenix Suns
13-17January 02, 2014, 09:00 | US Airways Center19-11

US Airways Center features an NBA battle between the host Phoenix Suns and the visiting Memphis Grizzlies in betting action on Thursday.

Supporters of the Grizzlies have seen them go 13-17 and 9-20-1 ATS so far this season, while the Suns are at 19-11 and 21-7-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Suns are 16-14, while the Grizzlies are 16-14.

View Memphis Grizzlies vs Phoenix Suns Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as 5.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 197.5 at BetOnline and other shops.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Suns at No. 6 and the Grizzlies at No. 17 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 95-89 result in favor of the Suns.

In their last action, Memphis was a 95-91 loser at home against the Bulls. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (186) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Mike Conley went off for 26 points and added 6 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Chicago defeated Memphis, 95-91 at FedExForum.

Phoenix was a 107-88 winner in its last match on the road against the Clippers. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 195 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Goran Dragic scored 26 points for Phoenix on Monday, leading the Suns to a 107-88 victory over Los Angeles at STAPLES Center.

How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Phoenix's No. 14-rated squad against Memphis's No. 21-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Phoenix rates No. 2 in the league with 9.67 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 30 with 4.87 per outing.

Next up:
Memphis at Denver, Friday, January 3rd
Phoenix home to Milwaukee, Saturday, January 4th