It’s an inter-conference clash of teams playing the second game of a back to back set in Buzz City. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road as they travel to face the Charlotte Hornets Thursday night. Memphis was in action Wednesday night on the road as they traveled to face the 76ers. Charlotte was on the road Wednesday night as well: they were in the Big Apple to square off with the Nets. The Hornets hold a 21-17 lead in the all-time regular season series between the teams and won the last two meetings, including a 104-99 road win in the first matchup this season on October 30, 2017.
Memphis Grizzlies Close Back to Back Road Set
Memphis was on the road against Philadelphia Wednesday night as they continued marking off games in a lost season. The Grizzlies are 1-9 in their last 10 games and had lost 20 of their last 21 after a three point road loss to the Nets Monday night. Memphis is 14th in the Western Conference, 37.5 games behind the Rockets for the top spot in the Western Conference and the Southwest Division. It’s a foregone conclusion that the Grizzlies have been eliminated from playoff contention: they entered Wednesday one game ahead of the Suns for the league’s worst record. Memphis is 5-28 on the road and 3-24 against the Eastern Conference this season.
The Grizzlies enter this contest ranked 30th in scoring offense in the league as they average 99 points per game. Memphis is in the bottom third of the pack in the league on the glass, ranking 28th with 40.6 boards a night. The Grizzlies are 26th in the league in assists with 21.4 per game. Memphis stands 9th in the league in scoring defense as they allow 104.2 points per game. Marc Gasol is second on the team with 17.7 points and 8.4 rebounds plus 4.2 assists per game. Mike Conley added 17.1 points plus 4.1 assists a night, rookie Dillon Brooks contributes 10.2 points a game while Tyreke Evans adds a team high 19.5 points plus 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. Conley has been out since November 13 with a heel injury: it was announced on January 27 that he would undergo season-ending surgery to smooth a bone protrusion in his heel. JaMychal Green (10.5 points, 8.3 boards), Chandler Parsons, Mario Chalmers, Wayne Selden and Andrew Harrison are key pieces in the rotation for Memphis. The Grizzlies are 27th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 44.3 percent from the floor. Memphis is 24th in the league with 9.2 threes per game and tied for 27th in the league as they shoot 35 percent from beyond the arc.
Charlotte Hornets Seek Season Sweep of Grizzlies
Charlotte was on the road themselves Wednesday as they tried to keep their flickering playoff hopes alive in Brooklyn against the Nets. The Hornets were just 2-8 in their last 10 games and had lost two straight entering that contest. Charlotte is 10th in the Eastern Conference, 23 games behind the East leading Raptors. The Hornets were 10.5 games behind the Wizards for the Southeast Division lead and 7.5 games behind Milwaukee for the final playoff spot in the East with 11 games to play. Charlotte is 19-17 on the road and 12-16 against the Western Conference this season.
The Hornets are an average team offensively, ranking 13th in the league with 107 points per game. Charlotte is 4th in rebounding with 44.9 boards per game and 28th by dishing out 21.3 assists per contest. The Hornets come in ranked 20th in scoring defense by allowing 107.9 points per game. Kemba Walker leads the team with 22.6 points while dishing out 5.8 assists per game. Dwight Howard is averaging 16.3 points plus 12 rebounds per contest, Jeremy Lamb adds 13.1 points plus four boards per game and Frank Kaminsky chips in 10.9 points a night. Cody Zeller, Treveon Graham, Marvin Williams, Dwayne Bacon, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Malik Monk have to be valuable bench contributors. Nicolas Batum, who tore an elbow ligament in early October and missed 14 games, is averaging 11.9 points plus 5.5 assists per contest. The Hornets are tied for 25th in field goal percentage as the team shoots 44.6 percent from the floor. Charlotte is tied for 19th with 9.9 threes per game while ranking 12th in three point shooting as they hit 36.6 percent from beyond the arc.
- Grizzlies are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference
- Grizzlies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Southeast
- Grizzlies are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
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Both teams are likely going nowhere this season: Memphis’s fate has already been sealed and it’s merely a matter of time before Charlotte finds itself eliminated as well. The Grizzlies were expected to have Gasol and Evans back in the mix after they missed Monday’s contest. Charlotte was projected to be minus Batum for the game Wednesday and he’s a question mark at best here. Still, when you get down to brass tacks, the Grizzlies have been atrocious on the road and against the East this season. Look for the Hornets to get the win and prevail here.