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2014 NBA Betting – Kings And Grizzlies Both Emerge From Confidence-Building Wins

Posted by Craig Parsons on 1/16/2014 8:41:41 PM

The Sacramento Kings and Memphis Grizzlies both have a right to feel a lot more optimistic about their respective situations than they did a few days ago. Now they play each other.

Sacramento Kings @ Memphis Grizzlies – Friday, January 17      
Sports betting line: Memphis -5.5

Why Sacramento Will Win

The Kings might have grown up a little bit on Wednesday night. When basketball betting experts look at this team, they’re going to see that Sacramento is improving, chiefly because big man DeMarcus Cousins finally seems to be growing up. Cousins is an immense talent in more ways than one. He has a big body and a big ego, but he has always been enormously gifted. Powerful yet light on his feet and blessed with a solid jump shot, Cousins has possessed the ingredients of a high-level low-post player, but his lack of commitment to the defensive end of the floor has long been a problem. Now, though, Cousins is investing more of himself and his energies in the defensive part of the craft of basketball, and accordingly, Sacramento’s playing some of its best ball of the season. The Kings crushed Cleveland on Sunday, but that’s something a lot of other teams have done and will continue to do as the season goes along. On Wednesday night, the Kings went to Minneapolis to play the Minnesota Timberwolves. This was a game the Kings were not expected to win, but they thoroughly outplayed the T-Wolves and held on in the fourth quarter to surprise the NBA… and their own selves. This is not the same team that began the season in November and December. It’s a better team, one that might not make the playoffs this season but which is building a solid foundation for the 2014-2015 campaign. If Cousins continues to improve, this becomes a very dangerous ballclub.

Why Memphis Will Win

The Grizzlies might not be an imposing team that will overwhelm the Kings, but they should now be able to beat Sacramento. When people in the online sports betting legal community look at this game, they’re going to notice that while DeMarcus Cousins has really been coming on strong for Sacramento, Memphis has its own big man back on the floor, ready and able to do what needs to be done.

Marc Gasol has returned to the Grizzlies after missing several weeks with an injury. He was instrumental to Memphis’ win over an Oklahoma City team that was missing Russell Westbrook this past Tuesday. Memphis didn’t suffer a letdown the following night, winning over Milwaukee before returning home for this game on Friday against the Kings. Gasol gives Memphis back its power combination in the paint. Gasol and Zach Randolph, when working together, form the toughest front line in all of basketball, with the possible exception of Roy Hibbert and David West with the Indiana Pacers. Memphis is in a good position to contain DeMarcus Cousins with Gasol on the floor.

Who Will Win

This is going to be a slugfest in the paint, but Gasol’s return should translate into a win for Memphis, especially at home. In Sacramento, this game might have gone the other way.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Memphis

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