The Memphis Grizzlies remain on the road after an impressive display against the Heat in Miami last night. The Grizzlies were in the clear throughout, as they didn’t lose one inning. It was a wire-to-wire win for the Grizzlies after a 37-34 first quarter at AmericanAirlines Arena. They ultimately put up a 124-112 win on the board. Nothing really went well for the Heat in that game. Their usually tight defense was non-existent in that contest. If the Heat defense isn’t on point, they’re not going to win too many games.
They aren’t built to get into high-scoring up and down games. The Grizzlies managed to turn last night into an up and down game, though. They aren’t exactly one of those teams either, but the Grizzlies put together a nice game plan to throw the Heat off balance. Poor performance from the Heat who were hot going into that game. The Grizzlies are hot as well, and they now take a three-game winning streak with them to Atlanta on Wednesday night.
The Grizzlies are winners in three of their last four games. Despite missing depth last night with the absence of Brandon Clarke and De’Anthony Melton, the Grizzlies played a strong game on the road against a quality defense. They advanced to 25-23 on the season with the win. The Grizzlies are in a tight battle for a playoff seed in the West. They are a game up on the San Antonio Spurs for eighth and the final playoff seed. Even if the Grizzlies didn’t turn the playoffs into big success, it’d be a nice learning process and experience for Ja Morant and company.
Their opponent tonight, the Atlanta Hawks, are coming off a win last night as well. The Hawks were in excellent form, as they dispatched the New Orleans Pelicans, 123-107. They caught fire in the third quarter for 46 points in a 46-29 quarter. That was the difference, with the Hawks pulling away for a comfortable win. Trae Young went off for 30 points and 12 assists to lead the Hawks to their fourth straight win.
The Hawks are streaking at the moment and feeling confident about going to the playoffs in the East. They’re 27-24 for fourth in the conference. No one is catching the Bucks, Nets, and 76ers, so it’s a battle for the next best and that’d be where the Hawks are now in fourth. If Young can heat up in the postseason, who knows what can happen for the Hawks. Head below for our free Grizzlies vs. Hawks pick on April 7, 2021.
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You have to tip your hat to the Grizzlies for their performance last night. However, for that to happen against the Heat, they had to play close to a perfect game. The Grizzlies’ offense was in some of the best form we’ve seen this season. Can we depend on them to do it two nights in a row? They’ve been playing solid basketball as of late, which includes a 116-100 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
We have seen this act from the Grizzlies before this season, though. It looks like they’re ready to catch fire, and then just kind of fizzle out and revert to playing bad to average basketball. Before this three-game winning streak, the Grizzlies went 1-3, so they can certainly run hot and cold. Memphis is 15th in the league with an average of 112.1 points scored per game.
They’ve been just about in the middle of the league defensively as well, with 113.4 points against per game for 11th in the NBA. Through their last five outings, the Grizz have netted 117.4 points while conceding 108.2 points per contest. The defense is going to have to show up to escape Atlanta with a win.
It’s imperative that they don’t get lazy following a win over the Heat. It might be easy for the Grizzlies to slack off after two big wins against the 76ers and Heat. The Hawks have been on fire from the field during their four-game winning streak. They’ve registered 125 points per game in their previous four outings. This isn’t a team that is all offense, though. The Hawks are capable of buckling down and playing tight defense.
They have allowed 111.2 points per game to put them a hair behind the Grizzlies in that regard. At home in 2020-21, the Hawks have given up less than 110 points per game. In their first meeting this season, they beat the Grizz by a score of 122-112 in Memphis. A back-to-back on the road is never easy, and while the absence of Melton and Clarke didn’t hurt last night, it likely hurts on a back-to-back if they can’t go in Atlanta. I like the Hawks to win and cover at home.