One of the best teams of the East are facing one of the worse of the West today, when the struggling Memphis Grizzlies (18-40), who have lost all playoff hopes for this season, are visiting the Boston Celtics (42-19), who want to continue on the winning ways and reclaim the first place of the East.
Date/Time: 02-26-2018, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -12
Boston are 42-19 (36-23-2 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting in the 2nd place of the East. They have two consecutive wins and in their latest matchup they were victorious against New York on the road with a 121-112 score. Kyrie Irving leads the team in scoring with 24.6 ppg, adding 5.1 dimes per game. Jaylen Brown follows with 13.9 ppg and 5.4 boards, while Al Horford adds 13.1 ppg and team-bests both in boards with 7.7 and in dimes made, with 5.1 per game.
Top Basketball BookmakersMemphis are 18-40 (24-32-2 against the spread) so far in the league and are sitting on the 12th place of the West. They have nine straight defeats and in their latest matchup they got defeated by the Heat on the road with an 89-115 score. Tyreke Evans leads the team in scoring with 19.4 ppg, adding 5.1 boards and a team high 5.1 dimes per game but he will not play today. He is followed by Marc Gasol with 17.7 ppg and a team-best 8.4 boards per game.
In their previous matchup earlier this season, Boston were victorious on the road with a 93-102 score. Boston have a 21-11 home record this season, while Memphis are 5-22 on the road. Boston have both a better offense with 103.5 ppg to Memphis’ league-low of 98.8 and a better defense, allowing a second-best 99.8 ppg to Memphis’ 103.3. Boston have better accuracy both from inside the arc with 44.68% to Memphis’ 44.39% and from behind the arc with 37.18% to Memphis’ 34.92%. They also grab more rebounds, with 44.3 to Memphis’ 40.5 and dish more assists per game, with 22.1 to Memphis’ 21. Boston are the absolute favorite for the home victory and expect them to win by more than 12 points against one of the weakest teams in the league.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -12 (-109)