Basketball Betting 2010-2011 Memphis Grizzlies Preview

The Memphis Grizzlies were just below .500 last season both straight up and against the basketball betting line.

They had their moments but in the end they couldn’t take the big step to make the playoffs.  The Grizzlies may struggle again this season in NBA basketball betting even though they did make some off-season moves.  Let’s look at the 2010-2011 Memphis Grizzlies.

Last Year’s Record 40-42 SU, 39-41-2 ATS
The Grizzlies were a tough team to figure out last season as they really didn’t do anything special. You couldn’t go against them all the time against the NBA odds at Sbgglobal because they had enough talent to cover some games but you couldn’t trust them either. It may not be any different this season.

Projected Starting Lineup
Guard – Mike Conley
Guard – O.J. Mayo
Center – Marc Gasol
Forward – Rudy Gay
Forward – Zach Randolph

On paper the Grizzlies would seem to have a good lineup that can impact the basketball betting odds.  There does not look to be a weakness in the lineup but chemistry is a major issue. Zach Randolph puts up big numbers but he simply is not a player you can build a team around.  Rudy Gay is a solid forward but the Grizzlies are paying him a superstar salary and he is not a superstar.  Mike Conley is a solid point guard but not great and Mayo is a good, but not great scorer.  Marc Gasol is a good but not great center. Do you get the idea?  The Grizzlies have a lot of good, but not great players.  If they were well coached and had great chemistry then things would be great, but they do not have a great coach and they do not have great chemistry. When the Grizzlies are winning then everything is fine but when they start to lose they are going to have major problems as Mayo and Randolph are not character players. Memphis does not have a good bench so they have to hope that the starters find a way to play together.  The Grizzlies made a lot of improvement last season and oftentimes in NBA basketball betting when a team comes way up they fall back the next season. That could very well happen this season to the Memphis Grizzlies.