The Memphis Grizzlies (0-1), 7-point favorites, get their home schedule underway at FedExForum against the Atlanta Hawks (0-1). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 209.5 points and it will air on Fox Sports – Southeast at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, October 19, 2018.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds
Both teams did not cover as underdogs in their last matchup. The Hawks (4-point underdogs) were defeated by the New York Knicks, 126-107, while the Grizzlies (7.5-point underdogs) fell to the Indiana Pacers, 111-83. The Atlanta game went 16.5 points over the projected point total of 216.5, while the Memphis game went 10.5 points under the projected point total of 204.5.
Atlanta had a better effective field goal percentage (0.511 vs. 0.515) while Memphis did an excellent job of getting and making free throws (23-28; 82.1 percent). Marc Gasol had a solid performance for Memphis, finishing with 13 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, Atlanta received a boost from Taurean Prince, who put up 21 points, six rebounds and six assists.
This has potential to be a sloppy game for the offense of Memphis. Since the 2017-18 season, Memphis ranks 27th in the NBA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 14.8 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Atlanta has forced the fourth-most turnovers in the league (14.6 percent).
Since last season, the Hawks are 24-59 straight up (SU) and 42-47 against the spread (ATS). Games involving Atlanta have had a tendency to go under the O/U total since last season (58.4 percent).
The Grizzlies, meanwhile, are 22-61 SU and 43-46 ATS since last season. Memphis’ games have had a slight tendency to go over the projected point total over that same period (50.6 percent).
This was a highly contested series last year. Each won one of the two games played against each other last season. The Hawks won the last contest 108-82. The Hawks’ turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Grizzlies. Atlanta had a rate of 12.4, while Memphis posted a mark of 22.8.
Atlanta Hawks at Memphis Grizzlies ATS Pick
NBA Pick: SU Winner – Hawks, ATS Winner – Hawks, O/U – Under