Team Depth & Solid Line Up Cohesion Gives Grizzlies the Edge vs. Jazz for Your NBA Picks

Joe Gavazzi

Friday, April 10, 2015 2:22 PM GMT

Friday, Apr. 10, 2015 2:22 PM GMT

Our expert handicapper analyzes the NBA odds for tonight's game between Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz. Before placing your NBA picks, make sure you read this article to find out where the top value is!

Memphis Grizzlies (-3) vs. Utah Jazz 9:05 ET
?The Memphis Grizzlies travel to face the Utah Jazz in a 9:05 ET tip in the region of the Great Salt Lake. The Jazz come off a pair of victories against the quickly fading Sacramento Kings. That makes the current record 5-1 SU ATS.  But, those contests were all against teams who would currently not qualify for the playoffs. They now must finish the season against 4 Western Conference playoff qualifiers, beginning with this game tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. But, the Jazz is the lowest scoring team in the West at 95 PPG. That is a bad omen when facing the best defense in the NBA, a Memphis team who allows just 95 PPG.  Memphis enters with far more motivation. They currently hold down the No. 2 spot in the West with a 55-25 SU mark that is tied with Houston and just a single game ahead of the LA Clippers and San Antonio Spurs.  Maintaining that No. 2 spot is the difference between facing any of those other 3 teams or the No. 7 seeded, Dallas Mavericks. Knowing their final 3 games of the season are at LA Clippers, Golden St. and vs. quickly improving Indiana, means there is plenty of motivation for Memphis tonight.  

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Under HC Quin Snyder, Utah is a young, emerging team to keep an eye on NEXT YEAR.  To put that into perspective, consider this quote from one of their young players, Rodney Hood, “it’s going to be a big off-season for everybody on the team.  One of the best off-seasons for all of us because we know we have something special AHEAD”.  With Hood and Burke at the guard spots, there is solid offensive balance with the offensive interior of Favors, Hayward and Gobert.  But, the 36-42 SU record, just 20-19 on their once strong home floor, is an indication that they are currently mired in mediocrity.  

 

Memphis, a perennial playoff team, is clearly at the other end of the spectrum. With depth throughout the lineup and solid cohesion built through playing together, the Grizzlies are the quiet contender for the NBA title. Expect PG Conley (ankle) to suit up tonight, even though his running mate at guard, defensive specialist Tony Allen (hamstring) may not.

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Bottom line here is that this is a very focused veteran Memphis team, who has won on this floor each of the last 2 seasons and will get this win tonight against the not-so-quite ready for prime time, Utah Jazz team.    

NBA Pick: Take Memphis Grizzlies

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