The Philadelphia 76ers have had problems covering spreads against the Memphis Grizzlies lately; can they turn that trend around when the teams meet up again on Tuesday night? Find them on the NBA betting line at Bovada.
The Sixers have managed to pay off for their supporters on the NBA odds list just once in the past three years against the Grizzlies, and that was back in a 120-101 road win as a 6.5-point underdog in April 2010.
That result has Philadelphia just 1-5 against the spread versus Memphis since the start of the 2008/09 season, even though they did win three of those six games straight up.
Tuesday night will mark the first meeting of the season between Philadelphia and Memphis; last year the Grizzlies beat the Sixers 99-94 on the road in January and 102-91 at home in February, of course covering the posted spread at the sportsbooks both times.
Totals bettors have seen the OVER/UNDER go 5-4-1 in the 10 most recent matchups between the two teams.
Philadelphia will want to put forward a better effort on Tuesday than they did in their last game on Sunday – a 92-91 road loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. That made it three consecutive losses for the Sixers, who are suddenly slumping.
Jrue Holliday led the way with 20 points for the Sixers in their losing cause on Sunday.
The Sixers won’t have center Spencer Hawes in the lineup on Tuesday night, as he’s now out indefinitely with an Achilles injury. Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph is expected to be able to return to action in early March; he’s been out since January with a knee injury.
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