The Miami Heat will head on the road as slight road favorites against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on Wednesday, March 17th. Miami will enter with a 22-18 record for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, while Memphis is at 17-19 for the 10th best record in the West.
The Heat have come out hot out of the All-Star break, as they’ve won four in a row since then and have a five-game winning streak overall. Meanwhile, Memphis is just 1-3 since the break and is riding a three-game losing skid.
We’ll try to put you on the winning track with our pick against the spread along with a player prop below.
Heat vs. Grizzlies, 9:00 p.m. ET, NBA League Pass
Pick ATS: Memphis +1.5
The Grizzlies will put an end to their recent losing streak to put an end to the Heat’s post-All Star break run. Memphis has covered the spread in each of their last three home games, and Wednesday night is the start of a four-game home stand, so the Grizzlies will be ready. Miami has done well recently covering road spreads, but that ends on Wednesday.
The Heat have won five in a row and have held each opponent to 103 points or fewer. Four times Miami has held opponents to point totals in the 90-range, which is almost unheard of in the NBA today. The Grizz have lost four of five games and are 19th in terms of offensive efficiency. The Heat are almost 100 percent healthy with only Avery Bradley and Moe Harkless as regulars who are sidelined. Unless some injuries pop up on either side, this can should be slower paced with the Heat entering the contest as an elite defensive team.
— Ben Zweiman
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