Two teams from opposing conferences with completely different goals for the season are clashing today, when the tanking and injury-plagued Memphis Grizzlies (18-48), looking to end the longest active losing streak in the league, are hosting the playoff bound Milwaukee Bucks (35-31), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak. Milwaukee Bucks vs Memphis Grizzlies Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 03-12-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Memphis Grizzlies +7.5
Grizzlies have an 18-48 record (27-37-2 against the spread) so far this season. Memphis currently sits in the last place overall standings in the West. They have seventeen consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Mavericks with an 80-114 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tyreke Evans with 19.4 ppg. The veteran guard adds 5.1 rebounds and a team high 5.1 assists per game but he is out with an injury. He is followed by Marc Gasol with 17.7 ppg and a team high 8.5 rebounds per game, while Mike Conley will miss the rest of the season.
The Bucks have a 35-31 record (26-35-5 against the spread) so far this season. Milwaukee owns the final playoff spot in the East’s postseason standings. In their last game they snapped a two-game losing streak by winning at home against the Knicks with a 120-112 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Giannis Antetokounmpo with 27.2 ppg, adding team highs both in rebounding with 10.2 per game and in assists made with 4.8 per game. He is followed by Khris Middleton with 19.9 ppg, 5.2 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Bucks won at home with a 110-103 score. Grizzlies are 13-21 at home so far this season, while Bucks are 14-17 on the road. Bucks are better offensively, scoring 104.8 ppg to Grizzlies’ league-low of 98.5, while Grizzlies are better defensively, allowing 103.8 ppg to Bucks’ 105.3. The Bucks have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 47.57% to Grizzlies’ 44.15% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 35.23% to Grizzlies’ 34.76%. They are also better in assists made, with 22.3 to Grizzlies’ 21.3, while Grizzlies are better in rebounding, grabbing 40.6 to Bucks’ 39.5. Bucks are the favorite for the win and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds as Grizzlies will force a closer game in Memphis today.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies +7.5 (-111)
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