An inter-conference clash between teams from the Midwest takes place in the land of cheese and cheap beer. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road again as they travel north to battle the Milwaukee Bucks Monday night. Memphis was beaten 111-96 on the road by the Rockets Saturday for their fourth loss in six games. Milwaukee won its second straight with a 98-90 home win over the Lakers Saturday night. The Grizzlies hold a slim 21-20 advantage in the all-time regular season series: the teams split a pair of meetings last season with the home team prevailing in both contests.
Memphis Grizzlies Look to Pick Up Road Win
Memphis has struggled with four losses in their last six after starting the season 5-1. The Grizzlies also fell to the Rockets after winning the first two meetings of the season. Memphis trailed by 11 after the opening quarter and couldn’t get back into the game. The Grizzlies were down 23 after three quarters before making a minor run in garbage time to cut the deficit. Memphis shot 48.1 percent from the field and went six of 20 from three point range in the contest. The Grizzlies were hurt by 19 turnovers while allowing Houston to shoot 16 of 45 from deep. Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 22 points off the bench in the loss.
The Grizzlies enter this contest ranked 26th in scoring offense in the league as they average 101 points per game. Memphis is in the bottom third of the pack in the league on the glass, ranking 29th with 39.9 boards a night. The Grizzlies are 25th in the league in assists with 19.7 per game. Memphis stands 3rd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 99.1 points per game. Marc Gasol leads the team with 19.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Mike Conley adds 18 points plus 4.3 assists a night, rookie Dillon Brooks contributes 8.5 points a game while Tyreke Evans adds 17.8 points plus 4.8 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 19th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 44.7 percent from the floor. Memphis is tied for 20th in the league with 9.7 threes per game and tied for 25th in the league as they shoot 33.6 percent from beyond the arc.
Milwaukee Bucks Seek Inter-Conference Success at Home
Milwaukee won their second straight as they followed up a road win over the Spurs with a home win over the Lakers. The Bucks got back to the .500 mark with the victory and look to make it three straight wins here. Milwaukee led by seven after the first quarter, saw the lead trimmed to two at the half before reasserting control by outscoring Los Angeles 26-18 in the third quarter. The Bucks overcame 40.7 percent shooting from the floor and went 6 of 23 from three point range in part by forcing 21 Lakers turnovers. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks with 33 points and 15 rebounds in the win.
The Bucks are in the middle of the pack offensively, ranking 18th in the league with 103.8 points a game. Milwaukee is below average on the boards as they are 30th with 38.7 rebounds per game. The Bucks are 6th in assists as they dish out 24.3 per contest. Milwaukee is tied for 15th in scoring defense as they allow 105.3 points per game. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the do everything guy for Milwaukee: he leads the team with 31.7 points along with 10.4 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.42 steals per game. Malcolm Brogdon adds 15.5 points per contest, Khris Middleton adds 18.1 points plus six boards and five assists a night and Tony Snell chips in 8.8 points per game. Matthew Dellavedova, Eric Bledsoe (14.2 points, 3.6 assists), John Henson, Mirza Teletovic and Thon Maker are all going to have to contribute for the Bucks. Milwaukee is 3rd in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 48.1 percent from the floor. The Bucks are 17th with 10 three point field goals per game and stand 8th as they shoot 38.2 percent from beyond the arc.
- Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss of more than 10 points
- Bucks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game
Memphis has scuffled of late and the Grizzlies are trying to find a good mix in their rotation to make things work. Milwaukee has won two straight after losing four in a row as they seem to have gotten back on track. Bledsoe has moved Brogdon into a sixth man role but it remains to be seen if that will stay that way or if Jason Kidd will switch things up. As it stands, the Bucks have the momentum right now and that gives them the edge as they climb over the .500 mark.