Thirteen can be perceived as unlucky. Memphis might be an unlucky team but they are bad, too, having lost 13 in a row. Let’s look at that trend and others as you ponder this week's NBA picks.
The Memphis Grizzlies have really hit a rough patch at the worst point in the season. Saturday's 107-100 loss at Orlando was Memphis' 13th in a row SU. The Grizzlies, playing without PG Tyreke Evans (ribs), were +7 road underdogs (5-7-1 ATS over L13). Memphis begins this week with the league's worst record (18-44 SU), and trips to San Antonio (Monday) and Chicago (Wednesday) seem like decent spots to fade the Grizzlies with your NBA picks once you check out the NBA odds board.Pistons Continue to Backfire ATS
We talked about it here last week, but the Detroit Pistons' struggles ATS warrant more light. Detroit fell to a deplorable 3-17 ATS in its last 20 games with Saturday's 105-96 loss to Miami as +5 road underdogs. The Pistons began this week 2-11 ATS since acquiring Blake Griffin from the Clippers on Feb. 1.'Over' Hits in Spurs' L8 Games vs. West
The San Antonio Spurs entered this week having played eight consecutive "overs" against Western Conference teams, including Saturday's 116-112 home loss to the Lakers (O/U 218½). In fact, the "over" had hit in 11 of the Spurs' past 12 vs. the West; the only "under" in that span was Feb. 1 against Houston.Thunder Still Making Noise on Saturdays
The Oklahoma City Thunder (36-28 SU) have been awful this season ATS (25-39-0). On Saturdays, however, OKC is an impressive 36-17-2 ATS the L55 games played Saturday -- and that includes failing to cover this past Saturday in a 108-100 loss at Portland as +5 underdogs. The two remaining Saturday games on the Thunder schedule won't be easy: March 10 at home vs. San Antonio, and April 7 at Houston.