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5 of 5 Experts (100%) with a pick against the spread are aligned. 8* play on the Memphis Grizzlies (Spread).
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After picking up a “statement” win over Toronto (122-100!) on Friday, the Celtics were able to avoid any kind of letdown in their next game. Granted, they needed OT to defeat Orlando on Sunday 122-119 and they failed to cover as 8.5-point chalk. Still, locked in as the the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics will take that result. However, I do see motivation being an issue the rest of the way, certainly relative to their opponents for today’s game.
While Boston’s playoff position is set, Memphis’ fate continues to hang in the balance. A 1-5 start here in Orlando has the Grizzlies hanging on by a thread to the 8-seed in the Western Conference. Three teams (Portland, Phoenix, San Antonio) are within one game of them and they still need a win just to clinch a place in Saturday’s “play-in game” (which has the potential to be a 2-game series) for the final playoff spot. A win here would take all the pressure off for the regular season finale (Thursday vs. Milwaukee). I’m taking the points.
Save for a 121-92 win against Oklahoma City last Friday, where I had them, the Grizzlies have been struggling to find their shot here in the bubble. They lost Jaren Jackson Jr for the rest of the season and the starters had a bad collective game vs. Toronto Sunday (lost 108-99). But I can see them breaking out in this game, which Boston figures to take pretty lightly. For the Grizzlies, finishing 8th means everything as they would only need to win one play-in game (as opposed to two). Boston is 7-12 ATS off 3+ SU wins this season.
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The Memphis Grizzlies have won just one of six games in the Orlando bubble. They are not at risk of losing out of the No. 8 seed and might lose out on a play-in game spot altogether with Portland, Phoenix and San Antonio threatening behind. Boston has the No. 3 seed in the East locked up, and after winning three straight games I would not be the least surprised if the Celtics come out flat in this one.
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Grizzlies have to get this one as a means to earning the play in while the Celtics are just in lame duck status as they cannot move up or down. Expect an effort here from Memphis that should get them this cover.
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Motivation will be a key roll going forward until playoff time and this game features two teams on opposite ends. With a victory, Memphis can clinch a spot in the best-of-two play-in series for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. It has been a tough restart for Memphis which is 1-5 but the Grizzlies now know what is on the line. Boston is locked into the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference so there is nothing to play for so after six games in the eight-game seeding season, starters will be seeing limited minutes. The Celtics have won three straight games including an overtime win over Orlando on Sunday where starters played significant minutes which adds to the possibility of limited minutes today.
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Very high on Boston entering the post-season as I'll be riding them in the first few rounds here soon. However, this is an extremely low energy game for them. They are locked into the #2 seed, they just finished an overtime game against Orlando in which all their starters logged heavy minutes, and are facing a meaningless non-conference opponent they care nothing about in Memphis. The Grizzlies meanwhile, are in a near do or die situation. They lose this game and they could see their playoff chances diminish greatly.
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