In this all-Western showdown, two teams sitting in and out of the playoff places of the conference are clashing, when the second-worse Memphis Grizzlies (26-40), who want to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the sixth Utah Jazz (37-27), who have lost only once in their last 6 games.
Date/Time: 03-08-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Memphis Grizzlies +4.5
Memphis Grizzlies have a 26-40 record (30-36 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the West. They have won two of their last three matches and in their last game they won at home against the Blazers with a 120-111 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Mike Conley with 20.4 ppg, adding a team high 6.2 dimes per game. He is followed by Jonas Valanciunas with 18.2 ppg and a team high 9.1 boards per game.
Utah Jazz have a 37-27 record (33-29-2 against the spread) so far this season and are currently sit in the 6th place of the West. They have won five of their last six matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Pelicans with a 114-104 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Donovan Mitchell with 23.2 ppg, adding 4 boards and 4.1 dimes per game. He is followed by Rudy Gobert with 15.5 ppg and a team high 12.9 boards per game.
In their three previous meetings earlier this season the Grizzlies lead the Jazz 2-1 wins with each team having won on the road. Grizzlies have a 16-17 home record, while the Jazz are 16-15 on the road. Jazz are better offensively, scoring 110.3 ppg to Grizzlies’ 101.4, while Grizzlies are better defensively, allowing 103.8 ppg to Jazz’s 106.8. Jazz have better percentages both in field goals (46.2% to 45%) and in 3-pointers (34.8% to 33.7%). They are also better both in dimes made (25.3 to 23.5) and in boards grabbed (45.9 to 40.9), while Grizzlies are better in turnovers committed (13.4 to 14.9). It is going to be a close game and Vegas odds give the Jazz a -4.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the road victory.
Utah Jazz vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: Utah Jazz -4.5 (-113)
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