Memphis Grizzlies,Sacramento Kings,NBA pick
3/20/2012 8:24:00 AM
The Memphis Grizzlies have cashed at a 5-4 spread mark in their last nine road contests, allowing 94.8 PPG. Lionel Hollins’ squad opens a four-game journey away from home in Tuesday’s matchup against the Sacramento Kings, who have reeled off two straight double-digit wins despite the absence of leading scorer Tyreke Evans (17.1 PPG). Find out where we have decided to place our NBA picks
in tonight's matchup.
Sportsbooks were slow to post numbers for the duel, with the
status of Evans’ return uncertain. The
2010 NBA Rookie of the Year is now listed as “probable” to play, practicing
Monday after the nursing of an ankle sprain.
Lets breakdown this matchup and decide where we should palce our sports picks tonight.
Kings pull away at home
Sacramento’s latest victory came in Sunday’s 115-99 triumph as a 1.5 point home dog against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Kings outscored Minnesota, 58-42, in the
second half, while connecting at 45.8 percent from the field.
Kings guard Marcus Thornton notched a team-high 24 points, while
adding four of his squad’s 11 steals. Thornton’s mate Jason Thompson piled in a third straight double-double,
finishing with 13 points and 10 boards.
The contest’s combined 214 points stretched above the closing
‘total’ of 212 ½, lifting the ‘over’ to 7-1 in the Kings’ last eight
games. Both teams united to hit 36-of-38
free throws, while Sacramento was outrebounded, 51-42.
Grizzlies edge out
Memphis ended a two-game losing streak with Sunday’s 97-92 win as
a 12.5 point home favorite against the Washington Wizards. The Grizzlies were held to 40 percent field
shooting, including a 2-for-7 night beyond the arc.
Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay hit 10-of-12 free throws en route to
logging a team-high 27 points. The
25-year-old added nine rebounds, while mate Mike Conley notched six assists and
The tight affair’s combined 189 points dipped below the ‘total’ of
200, making the ‘under’ 6-4 in the Grizzlies’ last 10 contests. Memphis’ Zach Randolph nearly picked up a
double-double off the bench, notching 13 points and nine boards, while neither
squad led by more than eight points.
Back the ‘over’ in “Sac-town”
Tuesday’s tip is scheduled for 10 p.m. (ET), with both teams have
one day off following the duel. Thursday’s league slate has the Kings ending their homestand against the
Utah Jazz, while the Grizzlies head to Portland.
I am adding the ‘over’ to my NBA picks for the night’s card, once
the ‘total’ is released by sportsbooks. Sacramento is on a tear at Power Balance Pavilion, piling up 115.7 PPG
in its last three home affairs, while allowing a sizable 107.8 PPG its last
five contests overall. Memphis has
logged 99.2 PPG in its last six road duels, while hanging 115.5 PPG in its last
four meetings against the Kings.
The ‘over’ is 2-0 in both of this year’s duels between the Western
Conference conference rivals, with both squads combining to put up 216
PPG. Gay notched 23 points in each
affair for Memphis, while Kings bench mates Donte Greene and Jimmer Fredette
united for 41 points in January’s 128-95 defeat for the Kings as 9.5 point road
Look for another high-octane battle in this spot to cash ‘over’ tickets
again. Sacramento is in position to continue to piling on the points in
Evans’ return, while the Grizzlies run and gun to the rims against the Kings'
My Pick: Take the 'Over'