Grizzlies vs. Pacers Free Pick 02/24/17 – Larry Ness NBA Predictions
By Larry Ness
The Indiana Pacers didn’t make a move at the trade deadline and get back on the court for the first time since the break at 29-28. They are currently the East’s No. 6 seed and are three games inside of the playoff ‘cut line.”
Indiana welcomes the 34-24 Memphis Grizzlies to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Friday evening. Memphis, the owners of three max-contract players in center Marc Gasol, PG Mike Conley and SF Chandler Parsons, was devoid of trade rumors in recent weeks.
Does that mean the Grizzlies feel like they can compete in the West with their current roster?
Memphis currently owns the West’s No. 6 seed and if it stays away from falling lower, the Grizzlies would avoid Golden St or San Antonio in the first round. However, one of those two teams will be waiting for them in the second round and just who expects Memphis to be able to win a series against either of those teams?
The Grizzlies have won seven of their last 10 games and have held their own on the road this season, going 16-13 SU and 15-14 ATS. “Overall, I’m really happy with this team,” head coach David Fizdale told The Commercial Appeal. “We’ve shown that we can compete with the best. With what we have, if we continue to build chemistry and guys get stronger, I’d like to see where this team ends up.”
In stark contrast to the “All Quiet on the Western Front” attitude surrounding Memphis during the last week, trade speculation surrounded the Pacers all week, especially around Indiana’s best player, Paul George (23.2-5.3-6.2). However, Larry Bird and company ended up staying pat. Indiana went into the break on a six-game slide, which was preceded by a seven-game winning streak! The Pacers have fallen apart on the defensive end, allowing 116.0 PPG during the team’s six-game skid.
This game is of utmost importance because after this home contest vs Memphis, the Pacers hit the road for five straight games, including trips to Houston and San Antonio. It may be an important game for Indiana but I want no part of this team the way it has been playing defense.
Take the road team.
Larry Ness’ Free Pick: Memphis -1 (-110) @ 5Dimes
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