The 53-25 Memphis Grizzlies will go out on the road to face the 44-34 Houston Rockets in an NBA pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from Houston is set for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.
The pro basketball odds from this NBA game will be out on Friday afternoon as Jerryd Bayless is questionable for Memphis with an injury. Houston lists Carlos Delfino and Chander Parsons as questionable with injuries.
This will be the fourth meeting of the year between these two clubs with each team winning and covering the point spread on their home court.
Memphis has a road mark of 22-17 on the year. They win their second straight and sixth in seven tries after a 94-75 home victory on Tuesday to the Charlotte Bobcats as a -13 ½ point betting favorite. The game ended under 183 ½ points. The Grizzlies held the Bobcats to just 35 second half points. Memphis shot 47.6% from the field and made only 3 of 13 from three point land. They held the hapless Bobcats to only 37.5% shooting with 2 of 14 three pointers. Mike Conley continued his efficient play with 20 points and seven assists as he made 8 of his 13 shots. Memphis holds a one game lead over the LA Clippers for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs with four games remaining. They trail Denver by one game for the third seed. Memphis is the top scoring defense in the NBA by allowing 43.8% shooting to opponents. By trading away Rudy Gay we have seen Memphis improve their team shooting as they now make 44.6% of their shots.
The Rockets are 28-11 playing on their home court. The Rockets win for the fifth time in six tries after a 101-98 home victory on Tuesday to the Phoenix Suns as a -14 ½ point betting favorite. The total in the game landed under 214 points. Houston shot 43% from the field and converted on 6 of 30 from the three point line. They allowed Phoenix 44.2% shooting with 7 of 12 three pointers and win because Houston forced 19 Suns turnovers. James Harden led the team in the victory with 33 points and six assists as he made 9 of his 21 shots. Houston is the top scoring offense in basketball by putting up 106.2 points a game. They are ranked eighth in pro hoops with 46.2% shooting and 36.7% coming from beyond the arc. Houston sits in the seventh seed in the Western conference and trails the sixth seeded Golden St Warriors by one game with four games remaining.