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It’s an interconference battle between a pair of teams on the outside looking in regarding playoff contention in the nation’s capital. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road as they make the trip to face the Washington Wizards Saturday night. Memphis was routed 132-111 by the Hawks on the road Wednesday night in their last game. Washington was at home against Charlotte in a Southeast Division matchup on Friday night. The Grizzlies lead the all-time regular season series 24-20, including a 107-95 home win in the first meeting this season back on October 30, 2018.
Memphis Grizzlies Hoping to Pick Up Road Victory
Memphis had won three straight and four of five before getting waxed by the Hawks on the road Wednesday night. The Grizzlies entered Friday 13th in the Western Conference, 11 games behind the Clippers for the final playoff spot. Memphis trailed by five after the opening quarter and was within four with 2:19 to play in the opening half before things unraveled. A 21-4 Atlanta run over the next five-plus minutes led the Grizzlies down 21 and sealed their fate. Memphis shot 42.7 percent from the field, including 14 of 40 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 51-35. CJ Miles poured in 33 points off the bench to lead the Grizzlies in the loss.
— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) March 14, 2019
The Grizzlies enter this game ranked 30th in scoring offense in the league as they average 101.8 points per game. Memphis is in the bottom third of the pack in the league on the glass, ranking 29th with 40.9 boards a night. The Grizzlies are 20th in the league in assists with 23.7 per game. Memphis stands 2nd in the league in scoring defense as they allow 104.1 points per game. The Grizzlies are tied for 23rd in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 45 percent from the floor. Memphis is tied for 29th in the league with 9.4 threes per game and 28th in the league as they shoot 33.8 percent from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies are 5-5 in their last 10 games while standing tied for 21st in field goal percentage in that span by shooting 45 percent as a team. Mike Conley puts up 24.4 points plus 6.1 assists per game in that stretch while shooting 47.3 percent from the floor in that stretch. Jonas Valanciunas contributes 17.5 points plus eight rebounds per game while shooting 58.1 percent from the floor since coming over in a deadline-day deal. Avery Bradley, another mid-season pickup, is putting up 14.8 points per game in that stretch.
Washington Wizards Shooting to Earn Win in Second Game of Back to Back
Washington was in action at home against Charlotte in a Southeast Division matchup between teams trying to gain ground in the playoff picture. The Wizards entered Friday 11th in the Eastern Conference, 3.5 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Washington is an impressive 8-4 in the second game of back to back situations this season. The Wizards average 115 points per game in those situations, which is slightly better than their full season mark of 114.4 points a night. Washington allows 112 points per contest in those games, which is better than their full season mark of 116.8 points per night.
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) March 15, 2019
The Wizards are 7th in the league in scoring offense with 114.4 points per game. Washington is 27th in the league on the glass with 41.8 boards per game. The Wizards are 5th with 26.7 assists per game. Washington is 29th in the league as they allow 116.8 points per game on the year. Washington is tied for 8th in field goal percentage as the team shoots a collective 47 percent from the floor. The Wizards are 12th in the league with 11.6 triples a night while ranking 25th in three-point shooting. Washington hits 34.4 percent from downtown this season. The Wizards are 5-5 in their last 10 games as they continue to struggle defensively. Washington is 23rd in the league in that 10-game stretch in scoring defense as they allow 116.1 points per game and 21st in field goal percentage defense as opposing teams shoot 46.5 percent from the floor. Bradley Beal has been torching the nets of late with 29.4 points plus 7.1 assists a night while shooting 48.6 percent from the floor. Bobby Portis chips in 14.1 points plus 9.9 rebounds a night in that stretch. Dwight Howard suffered a setback during his rehab for a back issue as he tweaked his hamstring. His return status is in doubt. His absence has given Thomas Bryant (10.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 56.5 percent shooting) extended run.
- Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games
- Wizards are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Grizzlies are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 road games
- Grizzlies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Southeast Division teams
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Memphis was playing well before getting drubbed on the road in Atlanta in their last contest. While the Grizzlies have two days of rest in their pocket while the Wizards are playing the second game of a back to back, that doesn’t work against Washington. The Wizards have played well in those situations this season and they had a little momentum going into Friday night’s contest. Beal has been tremendous since the All-Star break and is trying to will the Wizards to the playoffs. Washington gets the win in this one as the Grizzlies suffer their 25th road loss of the season.
Prediction: Washington Wizards
Full-Game Total Pick
It’s a clash of different styles here as Memphis grinds out possessions and games while Washington is an up and down the floor kind of team. The Grizzlies are second in the league in scoring defense but we just saw them in a similar situation Wednesday night. Memphis faced the league’s worst scoring defense in that game and saw the Hawks torch them for 132 points. Washington is playing the second game of a back to back but they had won two straight heading into Friday night. Can the Wizards find a way to get the victory at home here?
The over is 5-1 in the Grizzlies’ last 6 games playing on 2 days rest and 3-1-1 in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference foes. Washington has seen the over go 5-1 in their last six against Southwest Division teams, 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 13-4 in their last 17 overall. Given the way Memphis has looked of late and that Washington will push the pace, this one ends up over the number.