Free NBA Expert Picks For Tonight (Apr 8): Pistons vs Grizzlies Prediction
The NBA is host to seven games on Sunday night. The regular season is less than a week from ending, which means the playoff picture is closed to being completely formed. The Eastern Conference has all eight playoff teams determined, but there is still room for teams to move in terms of seeding. The Pistons and Grizzlies are both eliminated from playoff contention. They will meet in Memphis; the game will be on NBA TV. My NBA pick for April 8th is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 75% Up To $1000 Bonus.
Detroit Pistons vs. Memphis Grizzlies Predictions
The Pistons barely missed the playoffs for the second straight season. Detroit started out very strong this season, but they have stumbled in the latter half of the season. The Pistons have gone 38-41, which puts them in ninth place of the Eastern Conference. The Pistons have won six of their last seven games.
Memphis has not even had a strong part of the season. The Grizzlies are 21-58 this season. Memphis is sitting in fourteenth place of the Western Conference. Memphis is the second worst team in the entire NBA. The Grizzlies enter the night on a four-game losing streak.
The Pistons and Grizzlies met once earlier in the season. Detroit hosted the matchup back on February 1. Detroit ended up winning the game by a score of 104-102. Marc Gasol scored 19 points and grabbed 14 boards. Blake Griffin scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds of his own though. Andre Drummond also had a double-double with 14 points and 15 rebounds.
Detroit Pistons -5 (-115) at Memphis Grizzlies +5 (-105)
The Grizzlies lineup has been filled with injuries, which is a large reason why they have been unsuccessful all-season long. Mike Conley, Tyreke Evans, Jarell Martin, Chandler Parsons and Wayne Selden will all miss Sunday nights game. JaMychal Green and Andrew Harrison are both questionable for the game against the Pistons. Detroit is missing a couple key players of their own. The Pistons will be without Reggie Bullock, Blake Griffin and Jon Leuer against Memphis.
The Pistons have been in playoff contention until recently. Detroit was eliminated when they lost to the Philadelphia 76ers on April 4. This shows that the Pistons have been playing on a much more competitive level. Memphis has struggled profusely, and it seems like they have been in tanking mode for that top overall pick.
The game has been very close to the original line it came out with. The Pistons opened as five and a half point favorites. The fact spread is getting closer to even is absurd to me. Detroit should be laying more points in my opinion. The Pistons are the better team and I expect that to show on Sunday night. Neither team has much to play for anymore, but the Grizzlies are more injury-riddled and has the less talented roster.