The Brooklyn Nets fell behind early in Friday’s matchup with the Houston Rockets, logging a 114-95 loss as 11-point road dogs.
Nets, Lopez crushed in Houston
Brooklyn was thrashed out of the gate against the Rockets, trailing by as many as 32 points. The Nets allowed Houston to connect beyond the arc at a 19-for-32 clip, including a 6-for-6 night from Rockets forward Chandler Parsons.
Nets center Brook Lopez was his side’s sole starter to reach double figures, knocking down 5-of-9 floor shots en route to 16 points. The Stanford alum suffered an ankle injury during the lopsided affair, but is listed as “probable” to return for Saturday’s duel.
Brooklyn’s Mirza Teletovic logged 13 boards and two steals, while mate Tyshawn Taylor notched 12 of his side’s 24 assists. The fourth quarter’s combined 55 points lifted the contest above the NBA odds ‘total’ of 204 ½, lifting the OVER to 6-2-1 in the Nets’ last nine games.
Grizzlies, Bayless hold off Celtics
Memphis picked up its fifth win in seven games with Wednesday’s 100-93 victory over the Boston Celtics, cashing as a two-point road favorite. Grizzlies guard Jerryd Bayless came off the bench for a team-high 22 points, sinking 9-of-11 free throws.
Memphis’ Mike Conley and Tony Allen united for 26 points and five steals, with Conley adding nine assists. The duo’s mate Kosta Koufos equaled his season-high of 13 rebounds, while combining with mate Ed Davis for three blocks each.
The battle’s 193 points jumped OVER the ‘total’ of 182, with Memphis outscored in the paint, 48-40. Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph was held to a 5-for-16 night from the floor, putting in 35 minutes of action.
Saturday’s NBA betting has Jason Kidd’s crew continuing its journey on no rest, visiting the Memphis Grizzlies. What are the best NBA odds options here?
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Back the UNDER in Memphis
Memphis’ Marc Gasol (16 PPG) and Brooklyn’s Deron Williams (6 APG) both remain out with injuries, leaving NBA odds makers slow to put up numbers. Both clubs will have two days off, with Memphis continuing its homestand against the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn returning home to host the Denver Nuggets.
I am backing the UNDER here as part of Saturday’s NBA picks, looking for a tight battle down the stretch.
Memphis has held foes to 91.9 PPG through their last seven contests, leading to the UNDER cashing at 4-3. The Grizzlies have hosted Eastern Conference foes twice this month, with Randolph and Co. giving up a stingy 91 PPG.
Brooklyn has broken the century mark just once in its last four road dates, while faced with playing its fourth game in five nights here. The Nets put up just 77 points in January’s most recent trip to Memphis, held to 40.8 percent field shooting.
The UNDER has gone 7-5 in Memphis’ last 12 games played on one or two days of rest, while the same wager is 4-1 in the team’s that last five duels that followed a spot of scoring 100 points or more. Look for UNDER backers to collect again here, with the octane dropping back down again.
Free Pick: UNDER at Bet365