NBA Picks: Jazz vs. Grizzlies Gambling Lines & Handicapping Preview

NBA Gambling: Utah vs Memphis

The Utah Jazz (23-35) are playing good basketball, but it’s a little too late. The Memphis Grizzlies (42-16) are 2nd in the West and coasting into the playoffs. Visit Cappers Picks for free NBA picks all season.

Memphis comes into this match-up as a big favorite at home and for good reason.

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Utah vs Memphis
When: Tuesday, Mar 3rd 2015 at 8:05pm ET
Where: FedEx Forum
NBA Gambling Line: Grizzlies –7.5
NBA Gambling O/U Line: 182.5 Points

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They’re one of the best home teams in the NBA. Memphis is 23-6 at home, while the Jazz are 10-19 on the road this season.

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I have no idea what the Jazz’s coach is thinking lately. Trey Burke should be in the starting line-up. Burke leads the team in assists (4.6 APG), plus he’s also averaging 13.1 PPG and 2.6 RPG this season.

For some reason he’s still coming off of the bench. He did start the 2H against the Bucks last time the Jazz played, but he needs to be starting because Dante Exum simply isn’t ready to be a starting PG in the NBA.

Exum has been terrible and he looks lost on the court. The coach should learn how to develop players because right now he isn’t doing Exum or Burke any favors.

It’s not like the Jazz are a lottery contender.

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With that being said, this game is going to come down to the teams’ frontcourts. Hayward, Favors and Gobbert are playing good basketball since Kanter was traded, but this will be a real test for them.

Gasol, Randolph and Green play better defense than any other unit in the league. Memphis is allowing 95.7 PPG (1st) and the offense has been slowly improving, as they’re now scoring 99.8 PPG (15th).

The Jazz play good defense as well (96.8 PPG – 7th), but they only score 95.5 PPG (25th).

They rely on Burke for his scoring touch around the basket, yet they don’t want to put him back into the starting line-up.

No matter who plays at PG tonight for the Jazz it’s going to be difficult because Conley is one of the best defending PG’s in the business.

The spread is bigger than I like, but I’m riding the Grizzlies.

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Memphis has an edge at every position except for SF in my opinion, but Green is a great defender and will be able to frustrate Hayward. Gobbert and Favors will struggle and Utah will have no chance.

Free NBA Picks: Utah Jazz vs. Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies are 5-1 in their last 6 games against Utah and 4 of those wins were by double digits, so they should have no problem covering –7.5 points at home, especially in a game they need to win.

Memphis Grizzlies –7.5 (-110)

Memphis wants to win the Southwest division, but the Rockets are only 1.5 games back. Memphis needs to keep winning in order to maintain their lead, so they won’t be taking any games lightly.

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By Scott Jack

Scott is new to Cappers Picks, but has been in the industry for 7 years and he’s only 25 years old. He lives in Toronto, Canada and bleeds blue and white. He grew up playing sports and still has a love for the competitiveness.