In this battle between two teams sitting outside the playoff places of the West, the Memphis Grizzlies (21-33), looking to turn their latest victory into a streak, are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves (25-27), who have won only once in their last 4 games and are looking to bounce back.
Date/Time: 02-05-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Memphis Grizzlies -1
Memphis Grizzlies have a 21-33 record (23-31 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the West. In their last game they snapped a three-game losing streak by winning on the road against the Knicks with a 96-84 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Mike Conley with 20.3 ppg, adding a team high 6.3 dimes per game. He is followed by Marc Gasol with 15.7 ppg, 4.7 dimes and a team high 8.6 boards per game.
Minnesota Timberwolves have a 25-27 record (26-26 against the spread) so far this season are currently sit in the 11th place of the West. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Nuggets with a 106-107 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Karl-Anthony Towns with 22.8 ppg, adding a team high 12.1 boards per game. He is followed by Derrick Rose with 18.3 ppg and 4.7 dimes per game.
In their two previous meetings earlier this season each team won once (Grizzlies on the road by 13 points and Wolves at home by 2 in overtime). Grizzlies have a 12-14 home record, while the Wolves are 8-17 on the road. Wolves are better offensively, scoring 111.4 ppg to Grizzlies’ 100.3, while Grizzlies are better defensively, allowing 103.3 ppg to Wolves’ 111.2. Grizzlies have a better field goal percentage (45% to 44.7%), while Wolves have a better 3-point percentage (34.9% to 33.8%). Wolves are better in boards grabbed (44.8 to 40.3), in dimes made (24.4 to 23.6) and in turnovers committed (12.6 to 13.3). It is going to be a close game and Vegas odds give them Grizzlies a -1 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the home victory.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies -1 (-109)
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