NBA Picks for Pelicans vs. Grizzlies

Jeff Grant

Monday, January 20, 2014 1:32 PM GMT

The Memphis Grizzlies are playing their best basketball of the season, as they prepare to take on the New Orleans Pelicans Monday. Find out where our handicapper believes the best value lies for our NBA picks.

Let’s take a closer look at the NBA betting lines for this Western Conference matchup at the FedExForum, with the opening tip scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET on NBATV.

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Falling flat

New Orleans has gone 4-14 since picking up a 104-98 victory over Memphis as 2.5-point home favorites on Dec. 13, as it looks to snap a eight-game losing streak.

The Pelicans are averaging just 4.8 makes from beyond the arc over that stretch, as they’ve really struggled from the perimeter without the services of forward Ryan Anderson, who is sitting out with a back injury.

NBA handicappers will find that the team is 2-18 SU and 6-13-1 ATS versus teams with a winning record this season, with the UNDER going 14-5-1 in that situation.

Streaking

Memphis has won five games in a row, including a 91-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings as 5.5-point home favorites last Friday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.

Grizzlies players have missed 67 games due to injury this season—a number that has already eclipsed the 43 they lost all of last year.

The franchise is 10-5 SU during the 2013-14 campaign when starting center Marc Gasol has played and finished healthy.

Shooting percentage

The Pelicans are going to be difficult to back as road underdogs in this spot, considering they’ve compiled a 2-20 SU record when getting outshot from the floor this season, while also entering with a 2-11 mark when playing conference rivals on the road.

New Orleans will be playing without three key players, including starting point guard Jrue Holiday, who is dealing with a leg injury.

Offensively, the team is averaging just 95.8 points on 44.1 percent shooting over its last five games.

Conley

The Grizzlies are capable of beating any team in the league, especially with the play of point guard Mike Conley, who is averaging career-highs in points and assists—leading the team in both categories.

Conley has scored 10 or more points in all but two games this season, while also putting up two 30-plus performance from Jan. 7-10.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total for their free NBA picks, as the UNDER is 4-1 in the last five meetings in this series.

NBA Pick: Under 191