When and where: January 14, 2020, Fed Ex Forum, Memphis, TN, 8:00 PM ET
The streaking Memphis Grizzlies will try their hand at unseating the offensive powerhouse Houston Rockets on Tuesday. It has been a rollercoaster ride with the Grizzlies suddenly putting together a five-game winning streak, including a recent 122-102 victory over the Golden State Warriors. They also own a lopsided win over the Los Angeles Clippers in their ongoing run. The Rockets bounced back from a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday by blowing out the Minnesota Timberwolves in a 139-109 victory.
Rockets hit the video game button on the WolvesThe Timberwolves never stood a chance.
Not only did the fearsome offensive combination of James Harden and Russell Westbrook mesmerize onlookers, but other role players chipped in with sensational scoring efforts to pile 139 points on Minnesota. On a night when Harden passed 20,000 career points, the Rockets looked unstoppable on offense.
“To be able to do that on a very, very high level is something we don't take for granted,” Westbrook said after the game, via ESPN.com. “Growing up in L.A. and being able to see him progress over the years to me is just a blessing to see as his friend and I'm truly happy for him.”
They’ll look to continue that offensive dominance in Tuesday’s road trip to Memphis. The Grizzlies are playing their best basketball of the season and allowing only a 43.5 field goal shooting percentage in their last three games. Meanwhile, the Rockets will roll into town with the No. 1-ranked scoring offense and a bevy of weapons.
Houston would do well not to mistake the current Grizzlies for the team they’ve witnessed from afar throughout most of the season. Guys are finally stepping up and making plays in the right moments. Memphis is averaging 125.0 points in their last three outings heading into a game against a shoddy Rockets defense that ranks middle-of-the-road at best.
Westbrook (rest) is expected to sit out against the Grizzlies
An unlikely run for the GrizzliesThe Grizzlies sure picked a good time to come alive.
Ahead of the All-Star break, the rebuilding Grizzlies have posted five consecutive victories and put themselves within four wins of evening up their win-loss record (18-22). They recently handed the Warriors a loss in a game where center Jonas Valanciunas contributed a monstrous double-double with 31 points and 19 rebounds.
Memphis might need a similar performance from him to knock off the Rockets on Tuesday. Houston is currently ranked second behind the Dallas Mavericks in offensive efficiency, and they’ll be taking on the Grizzlies’ 23rd-ranked defense. Teams are shooting 40.5 percent against the Grizzlies from 3-pointer, which is a terrifying statistic for any team slated to face the Harden-led Rockets.
On the offensive end of the floor, Memphis has been playing lights out in recent games. They are averaging a 49.5 shooting percentage in their last three outings. Along with Valanciunas, they’re hopeful Jaren Jackson Jr. and rookie Ja Morant can lead the charge in the scoring department against a vulnerable Rockets defense.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Rockets are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Rockets are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games playing on 2 days’ rest.
- Rockets are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.