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Grizzlies 76ers Betting Tips – 76ers In Tough At Home Against Hot Memphis Team

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/27/2013 5:54:06 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers certainly haven’t helped their chances at making the playoffs by losing to the teams they are competing with for those final few spots over the past couple of weeks. After dropping eight of 10 contests ahead of Saturday’s game against the New York Knicks, things aren’t going to get any easier for Philadelphia as it gets set to host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. The 76ers have barely kept their heads above the .500 mark at home so far this season, while the Grizzlies have climbed their way towards the top of the Western Conference standings with a solid sports betting record overall.

Memphis Grizzlies @ Philadelphia 76ers
Monday January 28, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Sportsbook Line: Memphis – 2.5

After rumors swirled of the imminent departure of leading scorer Rudy Gay, the Grizzlies were able to get a deal done that kept him in town while shedding $6 million in salary and getting below the luxury tax. Memphis can now concentrate on locking up home court advantage for at least the opening round of the playoffs, beginning Monday at Philadelphia.

NBA Betting Preview: Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies certainly have the tools to compete with the best in the conference, and it all begins with one of the best inside games with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph taking care of business down low. Gasol and Randolph have dominated the paint at both ends of the floor this season, and are a big reason that Memphis ranks second in the NBA in average points allowed. Gay has averaged a team-high 17.3 points per game on offense while Mike Conley continues to spread the ball around from the point with a team-high 5.9 assists per game, and that combination should continue to thrive with Gasol and Randolph demanding so much attention down low.

NBA Betting Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

One of the biggest problems for the 76ers has been the fact that the big man they traded for hasn’t been on the court for most of the year, as Andrew Bynum has remained sidelined. Philadelphia has missed that presence in the middle, a point illustrated by the fact that Thaddeus Young leads the team with an average 7.3 rebounds per game. Young has also contributed at the offensive end of the floor along with Jrue Holiday, but the 76ers don’t have much scoring depth and rank just 28th in the NBA in scoring this season. Philadelphia will need a healthy Bynum as well as at least one more key scorer if they want to be a playoff team, and it won’t happen this year.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Even as the visiting team the online sportsbook experts expect the Grizzlies to be able to take care of business in this one, as they use their inside outside game to take care of an undersized and thin 76ers’ roster. Philadelphia’s playoff hopes have faded fast over the past couple of weeks, and their chances aren’t about to get any better with Memphis in town.

NBA Betting Pick: Memphis Grizzlies

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