When and where: November 15, 2019, FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN, 8:00 PM ET
The streaking Memphis Grizzlies could extend their winning streak to three games in Friday’s clash with the visiting Utah Jazz. A pair of wins over the San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets has given the Grizzlies some hope after a rough start. It’s the first time they’ve managed to put together consecutive wins this season. But they won’t have time to sit back and celebrate that accomplishment with the No. 2 defensive team in the league coming to town. The Jazz have won their last four straight games against the Brooklyn Nets, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers.
Mitchell’s offensive game growing for the JazzThe stellar defensive effort by the Jazz has made star guard Donovan Mitchell’s continued offensive development slip by unnoticed. Yet, the third-year former No. 13 overall draft pick out of Louisville is averaging a career-high 25.1 points per game with a 48.4 field goal shooting percentage and a 36.2 3-point shooting percentage.
He recently dropped 30 points, six rebounds and two assists in a 119-114 win over the Nets.
The Jazz haven’t really stood out collectively as a team on offense, but they are one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league. They’ll be facing a young Grizzlies defense that alternates between hot and cold on a nightly basis with their defensive play. Teams are averaging a 46.2 shooting percentage against them, which gives the Jazz some hope they can get the offense rolling with Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic. Even Mike Conley is stepping up in a growing offensive role for the Jazz.
They have been lights out on the defensive end of the floor, and they have a great shot of keeping things that way against the third-worst offense in the league. For all of the talk of a lack of scorers for the Jazz, Memphis clearly has it worse with an entire team’s hopes hanging on the sudden emergence of rookie guard Ja Morant.
Memphis reunites with ConleyThe Grizzlies will get to see a familiar face on Friday with the return of former longtime guard Mike Conley. After spending 12 years in Memphis, Conley was sent packing in the offseason in a trade with the Jazz. The veteran guard is finally starting to hit his stride and could pose a problem for his former team in this meeting.
It’ll be interesting seeing him go head-to-head with the player selected as his franchise replacement. Morant has been everything the Grizzlies hoped he’d be so far this season. The rookie No. 2 overall draft pick is averaging 18.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists with a 48.3 field goal shooting percentage. Conley isn’t much of a scorer these days, but there are still shades of the former lockdown defender.
Speaking of defense, the Grizzlies haven’t been as consistent on that end of the floor with all of the new faces. They’ve been even worse at home with opposing teams averaging 120.5 points per game against them. Don’t make the mistake of assuming the Jazz can’t get buckets when they aren’t averaging a ridiculous total after every single game. It’s an efficient group that will test the Grizzlies in ways they have yet to see this season.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Jazz are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games against a team with a home winning % of less than .400.
- Jazz are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning % below .400.
- Jazz are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a losing home record.
- Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning % above .600.
- Grizzlies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win.
- Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning straight up record.
- Grizzlies are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games against a team with a losing road record.