There is perhaps no more precarious place to be in the NBA standings than the #8 seed in the conference. While being in that spot means a playoff spot, it also means that dropping any lower take you out, while staying there means facing the best team in the conference in the opening round of the playoffs. That is not much of a reward for any team, but we also know that strange things can happen once the postseason gets underway. If you look at the standings right now, the top 8 in the Eastern Conference appear to be set in stone, although we still don’t really know how the final standings will look. Things are not quite so clear over the in the Western Conference, where the Memphis Grizzlies are currently sitting in the #8 spot. They have a decent lead over the chasing pack, but not one that can be considered comfortable. The two #8 seeds will go head to head on Tuesday night, with the Orlando Magic heading to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies. The Bookies have the Grizzlies in as a 3-point favorite on home court, with the point total for this one set at 210 ½. Let’s see how the NBA odds will be for the Magic vs Grizzlies.
Magic vs Grizzlies 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds
- When: Tuesday, March 10 at 8 PM EST
- Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis
- TV: Fox SportsNet Florida
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- NBA Odds: Memphis Grizzlies -3 / Total 220
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Why bet on the Orlando Magic
The reality for the Orlando Magic is that they are almost certainly going to be heading into the playoffs as a #7 or #8 seed, which will mean an opening round series against the Toronto Raptors or the Milwaukee Bucks, neither of which would be particularly appetizing for the Magic. They are 5 ½ games clear of the pack below the playoff line and just a ½ game back of the #7 spot at this time. Orlando has actually been playing some decent ball of late, winning back to back games and going 6-4 in their last 10. They have been fantastic against the spread over the past couple of weeks, going 7-1 ATS in their last 8. While they hammered the Grizzlies 118-86 in their earlier meeting this season, it is worth remembering that they have just 1 win in their last 11 trips to Memphis.
- Total Score: 106.16
- Field Goal %: 44.13
- Three Point %: 34
- Free Throw %: 76.77
- Total Rebounds: 44.59
- Total Score: 107.23
- Field Goal %: 46.25
- Three Point %: 37.02
- Free Throw %: 77.34
- Total Rebounds: 45.2
Why bet on the Memphis Grizzlies
The grizzlies are sitting in the #8 spot in the Western Conference, and while they have a 4-game lead over the chasing pack, things are not yet as comfortable as they would like. They are coming into this one on the heels of a win, but that took them to just 4-6 in their last 10 games. The Grizzlies are playing .500 ball this season at 32-32, but they have been better at home, going 18-14 SU in their own building. While they have a losing record in their last 10, they have managed to go 4-1 SU and ATS in their last 5, so there are signs that they are hitting a better run of form. They have been a very solid bet in games against teams from the Eastern Conference, going 7-1 ATS in the last 8 against those teams.
- Total Score: 112.59
- Field Goal %: 46.98
- Three Point %: 35.13
- Free Throw %: 76.15
- Total Rebounds: 46.84
- Total Score: 113.61
- Field Goal %: 44.95
- Three Point %: 36.21
- Free Throw %: 78.45
- Total Rebounds: 45.03
Magic vs Grizzlies NBA Betting Trends
- Orlando are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of Orlando’s last 10 games.
- Orlando are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games against Memphis.
- Orlando are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against Memphis.
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Orlando’s last 6 games on the road.
- Memphis are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Memphis’ last 6 games.
- Memphis are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Memphis’ last 5 games against Orlando.
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Memphis’ last 7 games at home.
Magic vs Grizzlies Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The last meeting between these two teams was an absolute blowout in favor of the Magic, but I don’t expect to see a repeat of that on Tuesday night. Orlando has struggled mightily when playing in Memphis, which is why I am on the Grizzlies to win.
Orlando Magic 108 Memphis Grizzlies 114