New Orleans Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies Preview 12/16/08

NBA Betting Preview
New Orleans Hornets (13-7) at Memphis Grizzlies (9-15)
Tuesday, 8:05 pm Eastern


SBG Global Opening Line: Hornets  -  5   ,  Total  192


What looked like an easy win for the New Orleans Hornets earlier this season now looks like a tough game on Tuesday as they face the suddenly sizzling Memphis Grizzlies.  Memphis has won four straight and five of six overall.  They will try and keep their winning streak going against a New Orleans team that has beaten them six straight times. SBG Global reports that early NBA betting has the public taking Hornets on the Road.


Memphis is coming off a 102-86 win over Miami on Sunday as rookie O.J. Mayo scored 28 points. “After we’ve gotten a couple of wins and seen that playing team basketball really gets you wins, guys are really working on it,” said Mike Conley, “Making sure that they’re making the extra pass and guys are getting open looks.”  Mayo has scored in double-digits in every game this season for the Grizzlies.  “As long as we play together, open it up for each other making an extra pass, a screen to get your teammate open, then I feel it makes the game a lot easier for us,” said Mayo.


New Orleans has won four of its last five games including 99-91 in Toronto on Sunday as Chris Paul had 12 points and 12 assists. New Orleans defeated Memphis 106-87 earlier this month.  The Hornets have won the last three games against the Grizzlies by an average of 16.6 points per game. 


Here are the NBA betting stats for Tuesday’s game. The Hornets are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite. The Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a road favorite. The Hornets are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games. The Hornets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hornets are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. the Southwest.


The Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home underdog. The Grizzlies are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. the Western Conference. The Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. the Southwest. The Grizzlies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Tuesday games. The underdog is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between the two teams.


SBG Global Current Line: Hornets  -  6   ,  Total  192


The Under is 7-1 in the Hornets last 8 road games. The Under is 5-1 in the Hornets last 6 vs. the Southwest. The Under is 4-1 in the Hornets last 5 games as a road favorite. The Under is 6-1 in the Grizzlies last 7 games as a home underdog. The Over is 20-7 in the Grizzlies last 27 Tuesday games.

The Over is 12-5 in the Grizzlies last 17 overall. The Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Memphis between the two teams.


Pick: Hornets/Grizzlies ov 2 out of 5 units


US Fed News Service, Including US State News June 30, 2011 TUSCALOOSA, Ala., June 29 — The University of Alabama issued the following news release:

Xavier Burgin, a University of Alabama senior from Columbus, Miss., was awarded a $5,000 scholarship as winner of the inaugural 3D Movie Award at the Campus MovieFest International Grand Finale, held June 23-26 in Hollywood, Calif.

The New College/telecommunication and film media production student’s film, “Portrait of the Storm,” provided an up-close look at the tornado that swept through Tuscaloosa April 27 and included personal accounts from survivors as scenes of the devastation filled the screen.

“I wanted to make this because this is something the media will talk about for a few months and then move on,” Burgin said. “People start forgetting what happened, but this is still going on.

“It’s sort of what we’ve seen happen in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. And, I felt like Alabama, and Tuscaloosa especially, will, at some point, have that same problem, so I wanted to bring attention to this plight. Stuff is still happening. We are still rebuilding, and it will be some time before we get back to what we were before.” Burgin originally won Best Drama for his movie “Bottom of a Glass” at The University of Alabama’s local Campus MovieFest competition in February. His movie competed for awards at the international level, and Burgin, a member of Campus MovieFest’s Distinguished Filmmakers Network, was offered the opportunity to use a Panasonic 3D camera to enter the first student 3D film festival, hosted by Campus MovieFest, Panasonic and the International 3D Society. go to website evo 3d review

Burgin pitched his original 3D film idea of doing a narrative to the Campus Movie Fest 3D Review Team in early April, but after the April 27 tornado hit in Tuscaloosa, he spoke with the staff and changed his film topic. UA studio art student Sumerlin Brandon composed an original score for the film, which will be part of a tornado documentary being prepared by a group of students under the direction of Dr. Rachel Raimist, UA assistant professor of telecommunication and film.

“The fact that this project was the first-place winner, out of 50 CMF teams selected to compete, is not surprising,” Raimist said. “Xavier told a compelling story with beautifully shot imagery. He merged the strength of 3D (showing dimensionality and depth) with camera movement (achieved using the department’s equipment). evo 3d review

“He borrowed a TCF Glidetrack, a tripod with a tripod head seated atop a sliding rod that you push slowly, to achieve short tracking shots and maximized his ability to take the audience inside the story. Who has ever seen some intimate images of destruction? Who has been so closely and visually inside the aftermath of such a powerful storm? By layering personal narratives through voice-over, with powerful imagery and a beautifully haunting soundtrack, Xavier produced a film that deserved to win.” “Bottom of a Glass” also competed in the Best Drama category. Other team members were Rene Gromotka, a sophomore from Stuttgart, Germany, majoring in mechanical engineering; and Joe Will Field, a sophomore from Tuscaloosa.

Several other students were awarded top honors at the 2011 Campus MovieFest finale including the teams who created the comedy “Sugarbaby” and the clay animation movie “Blue Barry.” “Sugarybaby” was honored as a Top 5 Comedy and as one of the Top 28 films out of hundreds at the finale. Students who worked on the film “Sugarbaby” include Andrew Carey, a May 2011 graduate from Mobile who majored in telecommunication and film; Micah Russell, a senior from Huntsville majoring in telecommunications and film; Hamilton Henson, a senior from Toney majoring in telecommunications and film; Kayla Terry, a May 2011 graduate from Tuscaloosa who majored in public relations; and Christopher Dumas, a senior from Mobile majoring in theatre.

“Blue Barry,” was also honored as one of the Top 28 films at the finale. Students who worked on the film “Blue Barry” include Thomas Coiner, a senior from Nixo, Mo., majoring in telecommunication and film; and Sarah Selleck, a senior from Hoover, majoring in nursing.

“I am very proud of all of the TCF media production students who compete in Campus Movie Fest,” Raimist said. “I get excited when TCF students compete in CMF. I see them put the theory and methods that we teach through classroom exercises to the test. I see the students work hard and collaboratively, and I see them make deadlines.” Campus MovieFest, the world’s largest student-film festival, brought together hundreds of students from 75 universities worldwide to compete for Best Picture, Comedy, Drama, Wild Card Audience Choice, Golden Tripod Awards and the first CMF 3D Award.

The Ferguson Center and Campus MovieFest have partnered together for four years to bring the world-renowned Campus MovieFest student film festival to The University of Alabama campus. The Ferguson Center staff promotes CMF on campus and serves as the location for equipment drop-off and pick up as well as the site for the red carpet finale where the top films on campus are announced.

Money for travel to the International Grand Finale was provided to students by the Ferguson Center, Creative Campus Initiative and the Blount Undergraduate Initiative.

Misty Mathews, 205/348-6416,

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