On Tuesday, James Harden and Russell Westbrook head to FedEx Forum in Memphis to battle Ja Morant and the Grizzlies. Memphis is on a nice winning streak. Will the Grizzlies continue the streak versus an NBA title contender? Or, will The Beard and Russell ensure a Rockets’ victory? Keep reading for NBA odds, a preview and a free pick for Rockets vs Grizzlies!
Rockets vs Grizzlies 2020 NBA Spread, Game Info & Expert Pick
- When: Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 8:00 pm ET
- Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
- TV: NBA TV
- Radio: Rockets / Grizzlies
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- ATS Odds: Rockets -5 ½
- Over/Under Odds: 238
Why the Houston Rockets are a good bet -5 ½?
Houston has a terrific 26-12 record this season. The Rockets can lean on 2 of the Top 5 players in the NBA. That’s how they’ve overtaken Dallas in the NBA Southwest Standings. Although that’s true, the Rockets will be without Russell Westbrook on Tuesday. No matter. James Harden averages 37.7 points, 7.5 assists, and 6.2 rebounds per game. Harden will ensure the Rockets play as well without Russell as they would with Russell.
- Points/G: 119.2
- Field Goal %: 45.5
- 3-Point %: 35
- Free Throw %: 78
- Rebounds/G: 47.5
- Points/G: 113.7
- Field Goal %: 45.5
- 3-Point %: 34.6
- Free Throw %: 75.3
- Rebounds/G: 46.2
Why the Memphis Grizzlies are a good bet +5 ½?
Memphis has been on fire. The Grizzlies ride a 5-game streak both SU and ATS into this matchup with the Houston Rockets. Memphis hasn’t just beaten teams. They’ve dominated. On Jan. 4, the Grizzlies beat the Clippers 140-114. Then on Jan. 10, they beat San Antonio 134-121. Houston has James Harden. But without Russell Westbrook, it will be hard for the Rockets to keep up in this matchup.
- Points/G: 113.4
- Field Goal %: 47
- 3-Point %: 36
- Free Throw %: 79
- Rebounds/G: 45.7
- Points/G: 116.1
- Field Goal %: 46.3
- 3-Point %: 37.0
- Free Throw %: 79.0
- Rebounds/G: 44.8
NBA Betting Trends for Houston Rockets vs Memphis Grizzlies
- Rockets are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 2 days rest
- Houston is 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games as a road favorite
- Rockets are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings
- Under is 5-1 in Rockets last 6 versus a team with a losing SU record
- Grizzlies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games
- Memphis is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win
- Grizzlies are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog
- Over is 9-1 in Grizzlies last 10 home games
Rockets vs Grizzlies Final NBA Betting Analysis
By sitting Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets are throwing this game away. Westbrook averages 24.6 points per. Houston will miss Russell’s point production against one of the top offensive teams in the league.
Rookie point guard Ja Morant keys a Memphis squad that shoots 47% from the field and 36% from three. The Grizzlies average 113.4 points per. That ranks eighth in the NBA. During the 5-game winning streak, Memphis hasn’t scored less than 119 points. The Grizzlies host Houston after a game where they beat Golden State by 20, 122-102.
James Harden will do his part. But he won’t beat Memphis by himself. Russell on the bench means the Memphis Grizzlies win and cover to keep their streak alive. Back the Grizzlies.
NBA Free Pick: Grizzlies +5 ½