Charlotte Hornets (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS, 0-5 O/U) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (5-1 SU, 4-2 ATS, 0-5-1 O/U)
NBA: Monday, October 30, 2017, FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee, 8 pm ET
Line: Memphis -7; Over/Under: 192.5
It’s an inter-conference contest in the Music City. The Charlotte Hornets play the second game of a back to back situation as they visit the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night. Charlotte was at home Sunday night as they hosted the Magic in a Southeast Division matchup. Memphis won their second straight by knocking off Houston 103-89 at home Saturday night. The Hornets hold a 20-17 edge in the all-time regular season series but the teams split a pair of matchups last season, each winning on the road.
Charlotte Hornets Play Second Game of Back to Back
Charlotte was at home Sunday night against Orlando, so this is the second game of a back to back. It’s also the third game in four nights for the Hornets, who were in action in a 16 point home loss to Houston Friday. Charlotte was in 11th place in the Eastern Conference entering Sunday, two games behind the conference leading Magic. That also left the Hornets two games back in the Southeast Division standings. Charlotte is 0-2 on the road this season and 1-1 against the Western Conference: they beat Denver and lost to Houston with both games coming at home.
The Hornets are a below average team offensively, ranking 24th in the league with 99.2 points per game. Charlotte is 4th in rebounding with 49.2 boards per game and 30th by dishing out 16.6 assists per contest. The Hornets come in ranked 9th in scoring defense by allowing 99.6 points per game. Kemba Walker leads the team with 22 points while dishing out 5.8 assists per game. Dwight Howard is averaging 14.4 points plus 17.6 rebounds per contest, Jeremy Lamb adds 16.6 points per game and Frank Kaminsky chips in 14.2 points a night. Cody Zeller, Treveon Graham, Marvin Williams, Dwayne Bacon, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Malik Monk have to hold down the fort until Nicolas Batum and Michael Carter-Williams return. The Hornets are 27th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 41.9 percent from the floor. Charlotte is tied for 13th with 10.2 threes per game while ranking tied for 17th in three point shooting as they hit 33.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Memphis Grizzlies Try to Build on Hot Start
Memphis improved to 5-1 on the season despite having a slew of relative unknowns in their rotation. The Grizzlies shut down the Rockets for the second time this week to improve to 3-1 in division games and 5-1 overall: their lone loss was in the road portion of a home and home with the Mavericks. Memphis trailed by two after the opening quarter but clamped down defensively after that: after giving up 32 points in the first, they allowed just 57 over the final three quarters. The Grizzlies shot 47.1 percent from the floor and drained 14 of 33 three point attempts. On a night where no starter reached double figures, Memphis’s bench outscored Houston’s 67-25 with Chandler Parsons leading the way with 24.
The Grizzlies enter this contest ranked 20th in scoring offense in the league as they average 100.8 points per game. Memphis is in the bottom third of the pack in the league on the glass, ranking 26th with 41.2 boards a night. The Grizzlies are 28th in the league in assists with 18.8 per game. Memphis stands 3rd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 94.2 points per game. Marc Gasol leads the team with 21.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Mike Conley adds 17.5 points plus four assists a night, rookie Dillon Brooks contributes eight points a game while Tyreke Evans adds 12.3 points plus 5.7 rebounds per game. James Ennis III, Chandler Parsons, Mario Chalmers, Brandan Wright and Andrew Harrison are key pieces in the rotation for Memphis. The Grizzlies are tied for 16th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 44.3 percent from the floor. Memphis is tied for 14th in the league with 10.2 threes per game and 14th in the league as they shoot 35.3 percent from beyond the arc.
- Hornets are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 Monday games
- Hornets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Hornets are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games
- Grizzlies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference
Memphis has gotten the job done despite not having any real big names besides Conley and Gasol. Parsons had some name recognition when he was playing well a few seasons ago but injuries have really taken a toll on his career. Charlotte is playing their third game in four nights here and they have to travel after playing Sunday night. The Hornets will battle but Memphis’s tough defense carries them to another win in this contest.