Bet Dallas over Grizzlies in your NBA Picks

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:43 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 2:43 PM UTC

The Memphis Grizzlies are a banged up basketball team right now, which should allow the Dallas Mavericks to cruise to victory Wednesday night. Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this Western Conference matchup.
<p style="text-align:center;"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;font-weight:bold;color:#000000;text-align:left;"></span></p> <p><span><b>Troubling times</b></span></p> <p><img style="font-size:1em;" src="/picks-pictures/grizz3.jpg" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" />Memphis has dropped four games in a row, including <a target="_blank" title="Read our predictions from this game" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-tonight-s-lakers-vs-grizzlies-matchup-a-35898/">a 96-92 setback to the Los Angeles Lakers</a> as 2.5-point home favorites Tuesday, while going UNDER the betting total for a second consecutive contest.</p> <p><span>The Grizzlies have lost 10 games at home this season—moving past the total number of setbacks it suffered at FedExForum for the entire 2012-13 campaign.</span></p> <p><span>Over the last two-plus seasons, the franchise is 10-14 SU and 8-14-2 ATS in December, with the UNDER going 15-9 in that situation.</span></p> <p><span><b>A solid break</b></span></p> <p>Dallas will take the floor for the first time since picking up a 106-93 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks as 11-point home favorites in <a target="_blank" title="Live NBA odds for every game" href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">the NBA odds</a> last Saturday, as it looks to improve upon its dismal 2-5 SU and 3-4 ATS mark when playing with three or more days rest the last two-plus seasons.</p> <p><span>The Mavericks are expecting leading scorer Dirk Nowitzki back in the lineup, as he missed the last game due to illness.</span> <span>He is averaging 21.1 points per game, with shooting guard Monta Ellis right behind him at 20.8 in that category.</span></p> <p><span><b>On the injury front</b></span></p> <p><span>NBA handicappers need to keep a close eye on the injury report throughout the day, as the Grizzlies will continue to play without starting center Marc Gasol, while first-team point guard Mike Conley is listed as doubtful with a thigh contusion.</span></p> <p><span>Memphis is 3-8 SU without Gasol manning the paint defensively, while it will miss Conley’s contributions on the offensive end, as he’s averaging a career-high 18.2 points per game.</span></p> <p style="text-align:center;"><span><em><a target="_blank" title="Our picks of the day for today" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/wednesday-nba-picks-the-day-a-35914/">Wednesday NBA Picks of the Day</a></em><br /></span></p> <p><span><b>Series history</b></span></p> <p>The Mavericks have won 29 of 36 home games against the Grizzlies during the regular season, including <a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/nba-picks-grizzlies-vs-mavericks-betting-preview-a-34632/" title="Read our coverage for this one" target="_blank">a 111-99 victory as three-point favorites</a> on Nov. 2.</p> <p><span>Dallas has covered the number in four of the last five meetings overall between these two rivals, while the UNDER is on a 5-2-1 run.</span></p> <p><span><b>Prediction</b></span></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers add the Mavericks to their <a target="_blank" title="Free NBA picks from SBR" href="/nba-basketball/">NBA picks</a> for the first half, as they’ve outscored opponents by an average of five points at home in the opening 24 minutes of action.</p> <p><span><b>NBA Pick:</b></span> <span>Dallas Mavericks First Half </span></p> <p><span>[gameodds]5/250539/?r-1=43-19-349/us[/gameodds]<br /></span></p>
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