Houston Rockets at Memphis Grizzlies Betting Preview – Dec 15, 2023

A pair of Western Conference teams will get together in the National Basketball Association on Friday. The Houston Rockets are on the road at the Memphis Grizzlies. This is a rematch of the game played in Houston on Wednesday, where the Rockets won the game 117-104. 

The Houston Rockets with the win moved to 12-9 on the season. Houston is tied with the Clippers and Pelicans for the 7th seed in the Western Conference. Houston has struggled on the road this season, as they are 1-11.

The Memphis Grizzlies are playing their 24th game of 25 without Ja Morant. It has been a slow start for the Grizzlies, with a 6-17 record, including three straight losses. The Grizzlies are 1-10 at home this season.

The Houston Rockets are -4.5 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday. The total is set at 211.5.

Grizzlies Looking to Pick up the Pace

The Memphis Grizzlies come into the game as the lowest scoring team in the National Basketball Association. Memphis is scoring 106.4 points per game, just behind Portland, and their 106.5. Defensively, the Grizzlies are allowing teams to score 112.7 points per game, which is right in the middle of the pack.

Offensively, Ja Morant will help the cause when he returns. He will come into a beat up lineup that has been led in scoring by Desmond Bane, and his 24.8 points per game. The Grizzlies have seen just two guys play every game this season. Jaren Jackson Jr and David Roddy have played all 23. Bane has played in 22.

Jackson Jr is the second leading scorer with 21.8 points per game, and also 5.8 rebounds per game. Marcus Smart, who came over from Boston has played in just 11 games, while Derrick Rose has played in 14.

Memphis will play back to back road games at the Thunder and Pelicans after this.

Rockets Playing Good Basketball

For Houston, they are playing their best basketball of the season. The Rockets have won four straight games. During the winning streak, the Rockets have held opponents to under 100 points per game on average. Much of that was the recent 93-82 win over the Spurs. Even in their other three wins; they kept everyone under 107.

The Rockets are led in scoring by Alperen Sengun. The big man is scoring 20 points per game. Fred VanVleet is also having a nice season as the point guard for the Rockets. The former Raptors star is scoring 16.4 points per game, and dishing out just shy of 9 assists per game.

Houston is starting a three game road trip. After this game, they go to Milwaukee and Cleveland.

Houston Tops Grizzlies in Memphis

The Grizzlies struggle at home. The Rockets struggle on the road. Someone has to win this game. The Rockets are playing better basketball. Memphis is beat up, and just waiting for their star scorer to return to the lineup. Look for Houston to stay hot, and win their fifth straight game here. We are going to bet the Houston Rockets over the Memphis Grizzlies. The final bet is Houston -4.5 over Memphis!


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