Memphis Grizzlies @ Utah Jazz
The Memphis Grizzlies remain in Slat Lake City to take on the Utah Jazz for a second game.
The Jazz may be a contender yet. Having lost their two superstars in the offseason, they were shaped to be one of the worst teams in the league, but they have started the year strong. Utah has a record of 5 – 2. They’ve been knocking off some formidable opponents, most recently the Grizzlies, and they look to do it again tonight.
The Grizzlies have picked up right where they left off last year, and after being edged out by Utah on Friday, they have a bounce-back spot here tonight.
One of the early trends we have seen in this NBA season is teams split two-game sets like this. Memphis lost by one in the first game, so a win and cover seem to be in order.
Memphis -2 (-110) & Over 229.5 (-110)
Houston Rockets @ LA Clippers
The LA Clippers opened the season with two wins but have lost every game since. They looked like they would be the team to beat in Los Angeles, but at the moment, they look as weak as the Lakers.
As expected, the Rockets are in tank mode and are gunning for another top-draft pick. They are a franchise that knows how to rebuild; they always have something up their sleeve. So as poor as they may perform this year, they could be a real contender next season.
The Clippers are a nine-point favorite, and this game could go either way. The Clippers may put it together and destroy the Rockets, or they could come out flat again and lose straight up. So while bettors should avoid the spread, the under is a lock with these being two of the lowest scoring teams in the league.
Under 224 (-110)
With so few points likely being scored in this one, there are several player props that make for great plays.
Paul George is only averaging 19 points per game, despite only scoring over 19 once. George put up 40 against Sacramento. Remove that game from the equation, and he’s only averaging 14. So, in a game where his team may only score 100 points, bettors should grab his under.
Paul George Under 23.5 (-110)
Reggie Jackson is another player whos been inconsistent with his point totals. Jackson had 14 against Sacramento and 18 in the Clippers’ second game against OKC, but he’s had less than ten points in his other four games.
Reggie Jackson Under 14.5 (-104)