The NBA regular season is now almost at an end, with every team in the league now just a game or two away from completing their 8-game bubble schedule. While many of us believed that a lot of details would be ironed out in this stretch of games, the reality is that things have become a little more confusing. Some of the teams who we believed to be a lock to make a deep run now look more than a little fragile, while a couple of dark gorse teams have emerged in what is certainly a very odd setup in Orlando. Let’s have a look at one of the upcoming matches, along with their NBA odds.
NBA Boston Celtics Vs Memphis Grizzlies Betting Preview
For the most part, the seedings are about as close to set in stone as they get, which means that we can start to think about how the playoffs might look in the opening round. One of those situations is that we are almost certainly now going to see a play-in game happen in the Western Conference, with the Memphis Grizzlies hoping to be one of the teams that makes it into that game. Another win might secure that spot, but they have a tough one on Tuesday night versus Boston. The Celtics are in as a 3 ½ point favorite, with the O/U set at 226.
Why bet on Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics have now officially secured the #3 spot heading into the postseason, so they really have very little left to play for at this point. For now, it’s all about staying healthy and trying to get on a bit of a positive roll at the end of the regular season. They come into this one having won back to back games, which takes them to 4-2 SU in games played in the bubble. While the Celtics are just .500 when playing teams with a winning record, they have feasted on team who are below the .500 mark, going 32-8 in those games. They have also been dominant against the Memphis Grizzlies, winning 9 of the last 10 meetings and going 6-2 ATS the spread in their last 8 versus Memphis, all of which ended in wins.
Why bet on Memphis Grizzlies
For the Memphis Grizzlies, it’s all about hanging on to the #8 seed at the moment, although they can still drop and make it into the play-in game, assuming they do not fall below the #9 spot. There is zero guarantee of that, though, as they have 3 teams below them who are all within a game of the #8 spot. The return to play has been something of a disaster for the Memphis Grizzlies, as they have just 1 win in their 6 games played to this point. That is not the mark of a team destined for the playoffs. They are also just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall and have seen 7 of their last 9 games versus the Boston Celtics go OVER the point total.
- When: Wednesday, August 11 at 5 PM EST
- Where: Wide World of Sports, Orlando
- Celtics vs Grizzlies Live: NBA League Pass
- Money Lines: Celtics -185 / Grizzlies +160
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Over the last 10 meetings between these two teams, Boston has won by an average of over 9 points per game and have covered the spread 7 times. I like Boston to win and cover and I am also taking the OVER.
Pick: Boston Celtics 121 Memphis Grizzlies 118