The Memphis Grizzlies (6-16) travel to face off against the Houston Rockets (11-9) on Wednesday, December 13th. This game will be played at Toyota Center in Houston and televised on Spac. The Rockets are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Grizzlies are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Spurs. Tip-off is set for 8:00 ET.
Grizzlies vs Rockets
The Grizzlies Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the game against the Mavericks, Jaren Jackson Jr. was the top scorer for Memphis, recording 41 points. His field goal percentage for the game was 46.1%. Desmond Bane finished 2nd on the team with 28 points, but Memphis ended the game with a 120-113 loss.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Rockets, the Grizzlies are 6-16 overall and are looking to get back to .500. When playing on the road, the Grizzlies are 5-6 while going 1-10 at home.
This season, Memphis holds an ATS record of 9-13, which also includes their two game losing streak against the spread. With a three game ATS win streak as favorites, the Grizzlies are 5-8 against the spread when they are underdogs.
The Rockets Are Coming Off A Win
Most recently, the Rockets bested the Spurs with a score of 93-82. Not only did the Rockets win this game straight-up, but they also covered the spread as -9 point favorites. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 175 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 223.
In their last five games, the Rockets have gone 3-2 and are 11-9 overall. On the road, the Rockets are 1-8 this season compared to their 10-1 record at home.
Houston comes in with an overall ATS record of 14-5 so far this season. This season, Houston has a 4-0 record against the spread when they are the favorites, and they are 10-5 as underdogs.
Grizzlies Offense Breakdown
Through 22 games the Grizzlies are averaging 106.5 points per contest, placing them 29th in the NBA. The Grizzlies come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 13 made 3’s per game. Despite shooting the ball well from outside, Memphis has not done a good job taking care of the ball. So far, they are averaging 13.5 turnovers per game.
Rockets Offense Breakdown
This season, the Houston offense is ranked 26th in the NBA in scoring at 109.4 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Rockets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.5 made 3’s per game. If the Houston offense is going to improve, they must continue to do a good job avoiding turnovers. Currently, the unit is 10th in fewest turnovers per game.
Grizzlies Team Defense
The Grizzlies’ defense is presently ranked 10th in the league, allowing an average of 112.5 points per contest.
So far this season, the Grizzlies’ defense has struggled with fouls, averaging 6th in fouls per contest. On average, opponents are getting to the line 23.7 times per game vs. Memphis.
Rockets Team Defense
Coming into the game, the Rockets defense has held opposing team’s to fewer points than the league average in 30.0% of their games. Currently, they are 1st in the NBA at 105.6 points per game allowed.
On two point field goal attempts, the Rockets’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 51.6% and allowing 31.3% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Grizzlies And Rockets
In today’s game, we anticipate Desmond Bane leading the scoring for the Grizzlies, contributing 17 points while shooting 6/13 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 24.8 points per game, along with 4.3 rebounds.
As for Houston, Alperen Sengün is projected to be the primary scorer for the Rockets. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 16, and adding 7 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 54% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 20.5 points per game.
Grizzlies vs Rockets Trends
- The Grizzlies are 4-1 ATS in their last road games and 3-2 straight-up.
- Across the Rockets last five home games, the team averaged 113 points per game while allowing 117. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 2-2-1, while going 1-4 straight-up.
- Spanning across their last five games as the betting underdog, the Grizzlies have gone 2-3 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 1-4.
- Spanning across their last ten games as the betting favorite, the Rockets have gone 7-2-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 9-1.
For a pick on the point-spread in this Rockets vs. Grizzlies matchup, our bet is to grab the Grizzlies at +7. Even though our projections have the Rockets winning 105-101, we see the Grizzlies as the play on the point-spread.
Right now, the over/under line for the game is sitting at 213.5 and given that our model is projecting 206 points between the teams, we like the under.
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