The NBA is set up with an action packed slate of games throughout Tuesday night. Seven games are up on the board throughout March 2. One of these games will be between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Washington Wizards. These two teams have been solid so far this season and will look for a big win. This game will tip off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
The Grizzlies have earned a record of 15-15 throughout this season, which has them sitting in tenth place of the Western Conference. Memphis is coming off a win in their last game and have won two of their last three. The Grizzlies will look to keep it up in this one. Memphis has struggled to stay consistent this season and will look to try and build up a winning streak.
Washington has put up a record of 13-19 to this point in the season, which has them in twelfth place of the Eastern Conference. The Wizards are coming off a loss, but have won seven of their last nine games. Washington has heated up as of late, which has them back in the playoff race. The Wizards will look to close in on a playoff spot with a win in this one.
These two teams have been up and down throughout this season, but will look to grab a win in this one. The Grizzlies have been the better team, but Washington has been really hot as of late. Memphis will look to come out quickly as the Wizards are playing their third game in four nights. If Washington can avoid a slow start though, it could lead them to the win.
The Grizzlies and the Wizards met up twice throughout last season. Memphis hosted the first game on December 14. Bradley Beal dropped 29 points and 10 rebounds, but it was not enough for Washington. Dillon Brooks finished with 27 points, while Brandon Clarke had 25 points off the bench. Ja Morant added 18 points as the Grizzlies were able to grab a 128-111 win.
The second game of the season series shifted to Washington on February 9. Bradley Beal had 26 points and Moritz Wagner dropped 19 off the bench. Once again, the Wizards came up short though. Ja Morant put up 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists on the night. Kyle Anderson scored 16 points as Memphis was able to hold on for a 106-99 win on the road.
These two teams played two solid games throughout last season, but the Grizzlies were able to win both of them. Memphis will look to keep it up as they enter this one as well. The Grizzlies have been strong to this point in the season, which they will look to use to their advantage. I expect both teams to push the pace early as they look for a much needed win.
Field Goal Shooting
Memphis has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season so far. The Grizzlies have made 46.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 13th in the league. Memphis is also shooting 35.6 percent from behind the arc, which is 20th in the NBA. The Grizzlies have drained 78.7 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 10th in the league.
The Wizards have not been great shooting the ball so far this season. Washington has been able to make 45.9 percent of their shots from the field, which is 19th in the NBA. The Wizards are 29th in the league in three point percentage with a 34.3 percent. Washington has been able to sink 76.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 21st in the NBA.
The Grizzlies have a slight edge in this one shooting the ball this season. Memphis has also been slightly better on defense. The Grizzlies have held opposing teams to a 47.1 percent shooting percentage from the field, which is 20th in the league. Washington has allowed their opponents to drain 47.3 percent of their shots from the field, which is 24th in the NBA. Both defenses will look to set the edge in this one.
Ja Morant has helped lead this young Memphis team this season. Morant is averaging 18.5 points and 7.5 assists per game. Jonas Valanciunas has averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds per game, while Dillon Brooks is averaging 15.5 points per game. Kyle Anderson has averaged 13.5 points and Brandon Clarke is averaging 12.5 points per game. Justice Winslow has averaged 10.5 point in his four games back.
Bradley Beal has dominated for the Wizards so far this season. Beal has averaged 33 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Russell Westbrook is averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds and 9.5 assists per game. Rui Hachimura has averaged 13 points per game, while Davis Bertans is averaging 11.5 points to round out this lineup.
These two teams have been led by their leaders so far this season. Washington has seen their scoring come mostly from Beal and Westbrook, while the Grizzlies have had a better spread of scoring. Memphis will look for their depth to give them the edge in this one. I expect Wizards to push hard early though to get Beal going to give themselves a big edge.
Memphis is coming into this one against a hot Wizards team. Washington has found their groove as of late, but the Grizzlies will look to slow them down. Memphis will look for their depth to give them a win in this one. The Grizzlies have been better shooting the ball and have a slight edge on defense. I think that Memphis can come into this one and pull off the upset.
BetOnline has the Wizards listed as a -120 against the money line in this one. This implies that Washington will win this game around 54.6 percent of the time. I think that this game should be even with how these two teams have played over the season. The Wizards have been hot as of late, but I think the Grizzlies depth can give them the edge. As underdogs on the road, I really like the value on Memphis.