The NBA action continues to be hot and heavy tonight with an eight game slate taking to the hardwood. Tonight’s slate features some of the NBA’s top teams including the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors. The downside to those teams being in action is the fact not one matchup features two teams with a winning record which will play a strong role in the point spreads as well as the over/under lines.
One contest we are paying extra attention to features the Memphis Grizzlies heading to New Orleans to take on the Pelicans. Despite having 11 more wins than the Pelicans on the season the Grizzlies sit as a three point underdog on most sportsbook sites this season. While some of this is due to the teams recent back to back wins some of this also has to do with the addition of DeMarcus Cousins.
Now as we look deeper into their previous meetings this season and that is that the two teams have stacked up well. In two of the three meetings the Grizzlies have needed overtime and double overtime to pick up the win while the Pelicans picked up a 95-91 win in regulation the last time these two teams met. Now as these two teams meet for the fourth time this season the matchup will be a little different as the Grizzlies will have to not only defense Anthony Davis but also Cousins down low.
Here are the Keys to the Memphis Grizzlies & New Orleans Pelicans matchup tonight in New Orleans
Memphis Grizzlies Keys To The Game – Be Physical & Aggressive
While the Pelicans have two of the top big men in the game the two have had issues with foul trouble in the past. For the Grizzlies that could play a key role into their game planning leading up to this game as they should look attack the rim as much as possible while Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol get physical underneath the basket not only setting up additional scoring opportunities but also to put both of their big men in foul trouble early.
New Orleans Pelicans Keys To The Game – Key The Pace Up
Entering tonight’s contest against the Grizzlies the Pelicans are riding back to back wins. A key trend in those games was the fast pace style of play the Pelicans brought while attacking the basket quick. This fast paced play helped the Pelicans roll to 128 and 123 points while winning both games. In three of the teams last four wins the Pelicans have posted at least 120 points. This should force the Grizzlies to turn away from their physical and much slower pace that should play a key role in the outcome.
Memphis Grizzlies @ New Orleans Pelicans (-3)
March 21st, 2017
Memphis Grizzlies Betting Trends Analysis
The Grizzlies enter this game struggling of late picking up just five wins over their last 10 games while also posting just a 5-5 record against the spread. Along with those struggles the team has had there hands full on the road this season going just 18-17 against the record. The struggles don’t stop there for the Grizzlies as they are just 1-8 against the spread following at least two days off while also going just 1-9 in games on Tuesday Night.
New Orleans Pelicans Trends Analysis
Despite a slow start after acquiring DeMarcus Cousins the Pelicans are slowly turning it around picking up six wins over they’re past ten games while posting an impressive 7-2 mark against the spread. That success has also shown up at home this season, as the team is 19-17 against the spread. Meanwhile the teams success has been strong of late as they have also gone 5-0-1 against teams in the Western Conference as well as posting g a 5-1 record against the spread at home in there last seven games.
Head To Head Betting Trends Analysis
The head to head trends swing both directions as the Grizzlies are 4-1 against the spread in their last five meetings but are just 3-7 over their last ten games in New Orleans. Meanwhile the road team has posted a 5-2 mark against the spread while the underdog has controlled the series going 6-1 over there last seven matchups.
Prediction – Memphis Grizzlies +3 / Under