The NBA is set up with an action packed night of basketball throughout February 10. Nine games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Charlotte Hornets and the Memphis Grizzlies. These two teams have been around .500 so far this season, which should lead to a good one. This game will tip off at around 8:00 PM Eastern time.
The Hornets have earned a record of 12-13 throughout the early part of this season, which has them sitting in sixth place of the Eastern Conference. Charlotte has won back to back games entering this one. The Hornets are only two games out of the third seed in the East. Charlotte will look to get a big win in this one on Wednesday night.
Memphis has posted a record of 9-10 so far this season, which has them in eleventh place of the Western Conference. The Grizzlies have lost four straight games as they enter this one on Wednesday night. Memphis had won seven straight games before this losing streak. The Grizzlies will look to get back in the win column with a victory in this one.
These two teams are both currently one game back from .500, which should lead to a good one on February 10. Both teams will look to get that big win with a victory in this one. Memphis is right outside of the playoff picture and will look to climb back in with a win in this one. The Hornets have grabbed a playoff spot early in the season, but will look to get the win in this one to further secure a spot.
The Hornets and the Grizzlies met up twice throughout last season. Charlotte hosted the game on November 13. Terry Rozier finished with 33 points and Malik Monk dropped 20 points. It was not enough for Charlotte though. Ja Morant had 23 points and 11 assists. Jonas Valanciunas put up 18 points and 13 rebounds as well. The Grizzlies were able to earn a 119-117 win in this one.
The second game of the season series shifted to Memphis on December 29. Malik Monk had 18 points off the bench, while Devontae’ Graham and P.J. Washington scored 16 points. Once again, the Hornets came close, but ended with a loss. Dillon Brooks finished with 20 points and Brandon Clarke had 18 points off the bench. The Grizzlies took this one with a 117-104 win on the road.
Charlotte hosted the first game of this season’s series on January 1. Bismack Biyombo scored 16 points and 12 rebounds. LaMelo Ball had 15 points off the bench, but the Hornets lost once again. Dillon Brooks dropped 21 points and Kyle Anderson scored 18 points and 11 rebounds. Memphis’ starting lineup combined for 74 points to lead the Grizzlies to a 108-93 win.
The Grizzlies have dominated the season series so far. Memphis has been able to win all three of their games throughout this season and last. The Grizzlies were able to win that game early in the season, but they shut down the Hornets offense. If Charlotte can come out stronger in this one, it could be enough to give them the win this time around.
Field Goal Shooting
The Hornets have not been great shooting the ball so far this season. Charlotte has made 45.2 percent of their shots from the field, which is 21st in the league. The Hornets are also shooting 37.8 percent from deep, which is 9th in the NBA. Charlotte has made 75.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 20th in the league.
Memphis has not been much better shooting the ball. The Grizzlies have been able to sink around 46 percent of their shots from the field, which is 16th in the NBA. Memphis has made 35.2 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 23rd in the league. The Grizzlies have shot 78.6 from the charity stripe, which is 9th in the NBA.
These two teams have not been great shooting the ball this season. Charlotte will look to set the pace from the three point line though, as they have been successful there. The Grizzlies have struggled from deep, but will look to force this one inside the paint. The Hornets have the better defense in this one as well, holding their opponents to a 46 percent field goal percentage, which is 13th in the league.
Gordan Hayward has helped lead Charlotte in his first season here. Hayward is averaging 23 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Terry Rozier has averaged 18.5 points per game. LaMelo Ball is averaging 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists as a rookie. P.J. Washington has averaged 11.5 points per game, while Malik Monk is averaging 10.5 points off the bench.
Jo Morant has continued from his strong rookie season into this season. Morant has averaged 18.5 points and 7.5 assists per game. Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds per game. Dillon Brooks has averaged 15.5 points per game, while Kyle Anderson is averaging 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
These two teams have stepped up with their stars early in this season. Brandon Clarke and De’Anthony Melton are out for the Grizzlies, which will hurt their lineup. Jaren Jackson Jr. has been out throughout the start of this season as well. The Hornets will be without Devonte’ Graham in this one. Both teams will look for some depth players to step up to help them get the win.
The Hornets have lost three straight games to Memphis, but the Grizzlies are entering this one on the losing streak. I think the Memphis will be knocked off in this one as well. The Grizzlies have struggled and won seven of their nine games during their one winning streak. Charlotte has less injuries coming into this one as well, which I think will give them the edge.
BetOnline has Memphis listed as a -170 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Grizzlies will win this game around 63 percent of the time. Memphis has been solid this season, but I think that this line is too big. If Charlotte can start fast on the road, I like their chances to pull off the upset. As big underdogs, I like the value on the Hornets a lot.