NBA Picks for Grizzlies vs. Rockets

Thursday, December 26, 2013 12:35 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 12:35 PM UTC

The Houston Rockets have fallen into an alternating pattern of wins and losses, as they prepare to host the Memphis Grizzlies Thursday night.

<p style="text-align:center"><span></span></p> <p>Let’s take a closer look at <a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Live NBA Odds, right here!" target="_blank">the NBA betting lines for this Western Conference matchup</a> at the Toyota Center, with the opening tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET on TNT.</p> [/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":251310, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":2, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/] <p><b>Streaking</b></p> <p>Memphis has put together its first winning streak since winning four in a row from Nov. 15-20, as it comes off a 104-94 victory over the Utah Jazz as 6.5-point home favorites Monday.</p> <p>The Grizzlies have compiled a 25-48 SU all-time record against the Rockets, including a terrible 6-30 mark when playing on the road.</p> <p>It’s important to point out that the franchise is 3-10 SU/ATS as underdogs this season, with the OVER going 7-6 in that situation.</p> <p><img id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" alt="Image preview" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" src="/picks-pictures/016831501.jpg" style="font-size:1em" /><b>A huge win</b></p> <p>Houston picked up its biggest win of the season on Christmas Day, as it came away with a 111-98 victory over the San Antonio Spurs as 7.5-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the betting total of 212.5.</p> <p>The Rockets welcomed back leading scorer James Harden to the lineup, as he finished with 28 points after missing the two previous games with <a href="/nba-basketball/injuries/" title="check out the current NBA odds" target="_blank">an ankle injury</a>.</p> <p>Harden didn’t play in Houston’s 93-86 victory over Memphis as one-point road favorites on Nov. 25.</p> <p><b>Division blues</b></p> <p>Memphis is 0-7 SUATS versus Southwest Division opponents this season, with the OVER going 5-2 in those seven opportunities.</p> <p>The Grizzlies have gone 5-9 since starting center Marc Gasol went down with a knee injury, while they’ve battled through numerous injuries to other key players throughout the year.</p> <p><b>Quite a record</b></p> <p><a href="" title="Make sure to participate in our NBA betting forum" target="_blank">NBA handicappers</a> need to take a long look at the home favorites in this spot, as the Rockets have put together a remarkable 32-7 SU record at home during the month of December.</p> <p>Houston is outscoring opponents by an average of 9.2 points per game inside this building—shooting 47.7 percent from the floor.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><em>Also make sure to check out our:</em></p> <p style="text-align:center"><em><a href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/thursday-nba-picks-the-day-a-36078/" title="Thursday NBA Picks of the Day" target="_blank">Thursday NBA Picks of the Day</a></em></p> <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers back <a href="/nba-basketball/" title="Free NBA Picks &amp; Betting Odds" target="_blank">the Rockets for their NBA picks</a>, as the favorite has covered the number in eight of the last nine meetings in this series.</p> <p><strong>NBA Pick:</strong> Houston Rockets -7.5</p>
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