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Vegas Play of the Day: Jazz at Grizzlies

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) reacts during the second half of Game 3 in the team’s NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn.

We’re entering the fourth season of the annual South Point-lined Play of the Day competition, effective July 1.

Starting bankrolls have reset to $10,000, with the maximum bet being to win $1,000 and the minimum wager $300. Ray Brewer won back-to-back titles in the 2015-2016 and 2016-17 seasons, after Taylor Bern prevailed in 2014-2015.

Utah Jazz minus-7 at Memphis Grizzlies, $770 to win $700:

The Jazz have won six in a row, and they've done it in impressive fashion, winning the last four by an average margin of 23.8 points. None was closer than nine points. So can Utah keep it going and throttle Memphis in similar fashion?

Probably. The Jazz are ranked fourth in the league in defensive rating, and they've been one of the NBA's top defensive teams despite missing center Rudy Gobert for much of the season. On the other side, the Grizzlies have one of the league's worst offensive attacks, as they score just 99.2 points per game (29th out of 30 teams).

And the Grizzlies' one good offensive player, guard Tyreke Evans, is out tonight. Utah can hold Memphis under 95 points and cover this one in routine fashion.

Current Standings: Granger (15-12, $12,459), Brewer (23-20, $10,190), Keefer (21-20-1, $9,726), Grimala (9-17, $4,285)

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