The Memphis Grizzlies host an undermanned Golden State Warriors squad Tuesday night as 5.5-point favorites. Golden State has lost seven straight and are only averaging 98 points over their last three games. But it has been the defensive end of the floor that has been the biggest problem for the Dubs, where they are surrendering 119 points a contest.
However, Memphis hasn’t been much better on defense, allowing 112.6 points a game on 46.5 percent shooting. This is a good spot for Golden State's Eric Paschall who has scored no less than 15 points in three straight contests and is coming off a night where he shot 10-of-17 from the floor for 30 points. Bet Over his points total of 17.5.
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HOT STARTS AT HOME
The New Orleans Pelicans are looking for their fourth win in their last six games as they host the Portland Trail Blazers and newest member Carmelo Anthony, who is expected to make his debut for the team tonight. The Pelicans enter this game ranked seventh in points per game with 115.7 but at the same time, surrender an average of 120.
The Pels have gotten out to quick starts at home averaging 58.1 first half points a game and should be fresh having two days off. While they meet a Blazers team on a quick turnaround after playing in Houston last night and only average 53.8 on the road this season in the first half. With fatigue playing a factor for the Blazers, take the Pelicans first half team total Over 55.5.
PLAYING WITH CONFIDENCE
A Pacific Division battle takes place as the Phoenix Suns travel to Sacramento to take on the Kings. Sacramento is a 2-point home favorite with the game total set at 217, as the Suns are playing the second game of a back-to-back set after losing 99-85 at home to the Celtics last night.
Although the Kings rank 27th in scoring offense, averaging 104.4 points per game, defensively they are 12th in scoring defense allowing just 108.4 a night. With momentum still on their side from their upset win versus the Blazers Nov. 12, almost upsetting the Lakers in L.A. on Nov. 15, then coming off a big 100-99 victory against the Celtics last time out, expect that success to carry over versus a tired Suns team. Take Sacramento on the moneyline.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have yet to win on the road posting an 0-5 record (3-2 ATS) and it won’t get any easier tonight as they find themselves as 10.5-point underdogs playing on the tail end of a back-to-back versus the Lakers.
Los Angeles is scoring an average of 110.8 points a game and have held opponents to 95.4 at home on just 40.3 percent shooting. They have also held opponents to 105 points or less in five of their last eight games, while putting up 120 or more on offense in three of their last four contests. We expect the Lakers to take care of business at home and cover as 10.5-point favorites.