Celtics vs. Grizzlies odds: Best NBA picks with Jaylen Brown (ankle) out

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston

The Boston Celtics are right back to playing shorthanded.

After routing the Los Angeles Lakers at home with a fully healthy squad, the Celtics will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night without Jaylen Brown, who sprained his ankle Monday.

Brown's absence may pose an issue for Boston against a red-hot Grizzlies team led by dynamic young stars Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. that has won seven of its last eight games.

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The Celtics appeared to put their recent struggles behind them in Monday's statement win. But there's evidence to suggest Wednesday's game at TD Garden won't be easy.

Here are our betting predictions for Celtics-Grizzlies, as well as two NBA locks against the spread.

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)

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Memphis Grizzlies at Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m. ET

Moneyline: Brown's absence hurts, but the Celtics have won seven straight against Memphis and haven't lost to the Grizzlies at home since March 2015. Jayson Tatum has another strong game to help the Celtics (-280) get it done.

Point Spread: The C's dropped two games in a row without Brown last week, and the Memphis has been playing everyone tough lately, even in the games it's lost. I like the Grizzlies (+7) to cover here.

Point Total: The Grizzlies haven't scored fewer than 107 points since Dec. 4 but own the NBA's fourth-worst defense (116 points allowed per game). That explains the sky-high 231.5 point total ... which is too high for my liking. I'll take the UNDER.

Darren's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 58-34-1 (62.3% success rate)

NBA Locks of the Night

Los Angeles Lakers (-11.5) at New York Knicks: You know LeBron James and the Lakers didn't enjoy the Celtics running them out of the building Monday night. They'll take their frustrations out on the hapless Knicks.

Denver Nuggets (+8.5) at Houston RocketsThe Nuggets will be without three members of their starting lineup Wednesday, but the Rockets have looked awful over their last five games. Even if Houston can snap its losing streak, Denver should cover.

Darren's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 32-29-1 (51.7% success rate)

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Grizzlies-Celtics, which begins Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

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