Memphis Grizzlies vs Houston Rockets

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It will be a battle in the Western Conference Monday night, as the Grizzlies travel to Houston to take on the Rockets. Memphis is talented no doubt, but have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the league this season, and their 21-22 record is proof of that. They are 4-4 in their last eight games, but with a matchup against the lowly Rockets looming, they hope to pick up an easy win on the road. The Rockets have been better as of late, having won two of their last four, and won in their most recent contest against Minnesota.

Grizzlies must take care of business and get to .500

For a team as inconsistent as Memphis, who you never know what you’re going to get from them on any given night, games like this against a team with the third-worst record in the NBA are games that they must capitalize on, and come out with a victory. Led by point guard Ja Morant, the Grizzlies have shown that they can go toe to toe with anyone, yet they sometimes lack composure late in games against good teams.

They will be up against a Rockets squad on Monday who although many believe that their core is washed up, there are still veteran players who will compete. A matchup to watch will be Morant against John Wall, who many believe is a player who Morant’s game is similar to when Wall was in his prime. Houston has been better as of late, but is still not favored to win this game, so the Grizzlies must take care of business and pick up a victory on the road.

Rockets are getting healthier, but are still enduring a lost season

Houston was not terrible early in the season when they were fully healthy, and actually had a record above .500 directly following the James Harden trade. They had to endure a natural disaster in their home state in February with the extreme weather freezing pipes, shutting down power and leaving many without resources, and in the middle of all of that, started to drop like flies as their key players went down with injury. What came of that was a losing streak that lasted for nearly two months, and was just recently snapped.

When fully healthy, Houston is not a bad team. They are starting to get more guys back, and John Wall has tried his hardest to elevate his game, but they also lost key players PJ Tucker and Victor Oladipo in the trade deadline. Kevin Porter Jr. has started to become a key player for them, in what seems to be a developmental year the rest of the way for them, but they must not be taken lightly, and can still sneak up on a young team like Memphis and steal a win.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet

Houston was finally able to snap their losing streak and pick up a couple of wins against Toronto and Minnesota, but as of right now, those are two of the worst teams in the league, and are playing like it. The Grizzlies have far more talent and are a more cohesive unit, so I think they take care of business on the road and head back with a win.

Grizzlies -7.5

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Full-Game Total Pick

This game won’t feature a ton of defense, as both of these teams get scored on quite a bit. Expect a lot of shots from both teams, who are smaller lineups who play fast, and score quickly