Why You Shouldn’t Underrate the Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies are the No. 3 seed in basketball. They’re second in the Western Conference only to the Golden State Warriors (43-10 SU, 32-20-1 ATS), but Memphis is only 9/1 to win the championship. This isn’t the first time the franchise has been underrated. The Grizzlies haven’t lost back-to-back games since early January, and they’re heading into late February on a hot streak. But that record wavers against the spread (28-25-2). Oddsmakers know that this team is good, and have favored them in seven of the last nine matches, but we’ll see how they’ll fare in a seven-game series with an equally formidable opponent. Over the course of the last four years, the franchise has become a consistent contender in the West, despite failing to grab the attention of casual hoops fans. The Grizzlies to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round last year, but made it as far as the Western Conference Finals the year prior. Memphis stars Mike Conley and Marc Gasol have been better than ever this year. Their ascent as homegrown powerhouses has kept this team moving in the right direction. That reliability makes their futures odds awfully intriguing.