The Memphis Grizzlies are in Miami on Tuesday night for a meeting against the Miami Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The Grizzlies are coming off an impressive 116-100 win against the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday. They beat the Minnesota Timberwolves comfortably, and then followed up with another nice outing on the road in Philadelphia. This is great and all for the Grizzlies. However, they continue to play inconsistent basketball without much of a rhythm. In their last six games, the Grizzlies have gone 3-3, with all three losses against the Utah Jazz.
Overall on the season, they’re a 24-23 team going into Miami. This is the third game of a five-game road trip for the Grizz. Ja Morant is the centerpiece of the Grizzlies. He only scored 8 points against the Sixers, but his impact was huge on the floor. Morant dished out 10 assists to help set up numerous scorers, including Dillon Brooks who led the Grizzlies with 17 points. Note that the Grizzlies have covered in four straight and eight of their last nine games. If you’ve been tailing the Grizzlies, then you’ve been cashing in consistently recently. They might be only 24-23, and are not a contender in the West, but have been covering at a nice clip of 29-18-0.
The Grizzlies are on the bubble for the playoffs at the moment. Not much has changed throughout the season, and I doubt the Grizzlies are going to be anywhere else by the end of the regular season. They likely just get in with a record hovering over the .500 mark. The Grizzlies are currently a half game up on the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The East isn’t as tough as the West for a playoff berth, so the Heat are going to have a little more wiggle room to get into the postseason. They have a record of 26-24 and currently tied with the Atlanta Hawks for fourth in the East.
The Bucks, Nets, and 76ers are so far ahead of the field that fourth is the best-case scenario for the Heat. The Heat are 6.5 games behind the Bucks going into Tuesday night. It’s hard to see the Bucks collapsing, and the Heat getting hot enough to play catch up. The Heat are going for it in the postseason, though. They did their best to work out a deal for Kyle Lowry. That fell through, but the Heat went to the next option and traded for Victor Oladipo. The Heat have been in good form with four straight wins after an ugly six-game losing streak. Head below for our free Grizzlies vs. Heat pick on April 6, 2021.
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The Memphis Grizzlies will not have the benefit of playing against a Victor Oladipo-less this time around. The Grizzlies edged the Heat out at home by a score of 89-85 on March 17. Kelly Olynyk was more of a liability than anything in that game, as the big men contributed just 2 points in the loss. Olynyk is gone and Oladipo is in.
Despite not having a full practice with the team yet, Oladipo contributed in a 116-109 win against the Golden State Warriors, and a 115-101 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Duncan Robinson had a big game against the Cavs, as he poured in 18 points. It was Bam Adebayo’s game, though, as he netted 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Heat to a victory.
Oladipo has the talent to defend multiple positions on the court. His kind of play fits in perfectly with the Heat. They weren’t going to go after a guard that plays little defense. Both Lowry and Oladipo are aggressive defensively. Adding a defensive player like Oladipo beefs up an already solid defense in Miami. The Heat are third in the NBA with 107.1 points against per game.
They are holding teams to just 44.5% shooting from the field, good for second in the NBA. In their last five games, the Heat have allowed just 99 points per game. With Oladipo continuing to get more comfortable with the Heat, and finally a full practice under his belt, look for the defensive pressure to get even stronger. Oladipo is also going to help on the offensive end, where the Heat need some help. The Heat are 26th in the league with 106.4 points scored per game. I can see this steadily going up with Oladipo involved in the offense.
The Grizzlies are 17th in the NBA with 111.9 points scored per game. They are going to be down offensive talent tonight, as De’Anthony Melton is listed as OUT with a leg injury after he scored 14 points against the 76ers and Timberwolves. Note that Brandon Clarke is listed as questionable with a calf injury as well. Expect a tight game throughout, with the Heat pulling away in the fourth. A 115-107 or 110-100 win for the Heat looks about right.