Grizzlies-Kings: NBA Odds and Picks for March 27, 2009

Touthouse HandicappersSenior Writer IMarch 27, 2009

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Free NBA Pick: Memphis Grizzlies +3.0 (-110)
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Thanks to those that bet and supported our GOY winner on the Chicago Bulls last night, and lets fire away with an ugly ‘Dog Friday.

We took a shot with Memphis on Monday night and the young Grizzlies are showing improvement despite a lack of wins and ability to finish games.

Memphis has lost eight of their last nine games entering the week, but are 5-4 ATS. They were beaten soundly by Miami Monday, and Memphis is tied for the league's fewest road wins. The Grizzlies figure to bring a solid and motivated effort Friday as they play with four days rest and redemption for a home loss to Sacramento five weeks ago.

That embarrassing home loss to shorthanded Sacramento was also the most points that Memphis has allowed in their last 15 games.

Sacramento is struggling and the Kings are the league's worst defensive team. Newly-acquired forward Andres Nocioni has missed three straight games entering the week (knee)—and while the Kings also are rested, I believe the Grizzlies are capable of a rare road win.

Take the three points with the young and improving Grizzlies.