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NBA Betting – Hornets, Grizzlies meet in battle of improving squads

Written by Matt Stevens   
Friday, 29 January 2010 20:43

NBA Betting OddsIt’s not as big as the Super Bowl spread right now, but online betting players will definitely be treated to an exciting matchup in the NBA on Saturday as New Orleans travels to Memphis to face the Grizzlies, who have been unbeatable at home lately.

Hornets vs Grizzlies odds – Saturday, January 29, 8:00 PM ET

The Hornets went three 3-1 on a recent Western swing, but they’ll a hot Chicago team on Friday night before making the trip to Memphis. Chris Paul has been playing out of his mind lately, averaging 26.4 points, 10.6 assists and 2.2 steals in his last five games, and he’s had to carry a load because David West is trying to fight through an ankle injury. He did come out with 17 points and 12 boards in a win on Wednesday in Golden State, but we’re wondering how much it will bother him to play on back-to-back nights (when the Hornets have a 4-5 record).

The Grizzlies will also be completing a back-to-back on Saturday, as they head to San Antonio on Friday night. Memphis is only 1-8 in the second half of these kind of games, but that victory came at the FedEx Forum, where the Grizzlies have set up a fortress. The Grizzlies have won 11 in a row at home, and if anyone had told you to take bookmaker odds on Zach Randolph being named to the All-Star team, you have stayed far away. But there he is, averaging 21.0 points and 11.6 boards while not being a distraction for the first time in his career.

The Grizzlies should be favored at home in your gambling software despite their poor record in the second half of back-to-back games, as the crowd should give them a lift when their legs get tired later in the game. The Hornets have won nine of their last 10 against the Grizzlies, including a 113-111 victory on January 20th at home in which they battled back from a nine-point deficit. If West is limping, Randolph and Marc Gasol have to take advantage of a Hornets team that doesn’t have much size inside since Tyson Chandler left town.

Bet on sports: Memphis

 
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