Washington Wizards vs Memphis Grizzlies



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The 2nd-half of the NBA season will get underway Wednesday night as the Washington Wizards travel to FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, for a battle with the Memphis Grizzlies beginning at 8 pm EST. The Grizzlies are currently favored by 3-points, up from 2-points at the opening, while the total stands at 237, down from 238-points.

The Wizards were able to halt a 2-game losing streak just before the All-Star Break as they took out the Los Angeles Clippers at home by 2-points with Bradley Beal once again leading the way with 33 points while Russell Westbrook came a rebound shy of a triple-double. With the win, Washington picked up its 4th home victory in 5 outings while increasing their record to 14-20 on the year, only 2 games behind the Atlanta Hawks for 3rd in the Southeast division. The Wizards have also been red-hot against the number as of late going 8-2 in their last 10, including covering as 6.5-point dogs versus the Clippers.

The Grizzlies ended a 2-game win streak in their 1-point home loss on March 4th to the Milwaukee Bucks as they could not fend off a late rally by the Bucks to drop their 16th of the season to go to 16-16. Ja Morant, however, despite missing 10 of 13 from long-range while committing 4 turnovers, shot 11-25 FG to lead the team with 35 points, his 2nd-straight 35 point performance while Dillon Brooks recorded a huge night on both ends with 23 points and 7 assists while finishing with 3 steals and 3 blocks. Despite the loss, the Grizzlies were able to cover as 6-point home dogs and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 outings.

The Grizzlies will take the floor seeking their 4th-straight victory over the Wizards, including their 3rd-straight at home. Memphis has also dominated against the number in recent meetings going 7-3, overall, while covering in 4-straight at FedEx Forum.

Beal seeks to resume stellar play

Beal started for Team Durant in his All-Star appearance last weekend and posted 26 points while going 6-12 from long-range while adding to his stellar season to where he is averaging over 30 points per. The Wizards have been able to pick up wins in 7 of the team’s last 10 outings, in addition to picking up victories in 3 of their last 5 roadies. And while the guard is shooting a dismal 33% from 3-point range in 2020-21, Beal has some of the best field goal numbers of his career making over 48% of his shots.

“I think people think I go out and just shoot a lot of shots, and granted, yes, I do have probably more opportunities than a lot of other guys around the league, possibly,” Beal said to the Washington Post. “But when you know that each and every night [opponents] have to game-plan for me and then I still am able, with my teammates, to go out and do the same thing I’m doing? Like, that’s not easy to do. Beal has posted 30+points in 7 of his last 10 starts; However, he ended with 23 points on 8-18 FG (1-4 3FG) at home versus the Grizzlies only a week ago.

And while Westbrook also posted 23 points while dishing out 15 assists, the duo also accounted for 14 of the team’s 22 turnovers as the Wizards shot 51% for the contest. However, Washington was decidedly outrebounded for the contest while also giving up 49% shooting in addition to 13 treys in the 14-point home loss. In fact, the Wizards allowed double-doubles from Morant along with Jonas Valenciunas as the Grizzlies went up by 18 at the half and never looked back.

Grizzlies seek to make a run at 1st-place

At .500 on the year, Memphis has its sights on taking over the top spot within the Southwest Division as they are only 2 games behind the 2nd-place Dallas Mavericks along with 4 games behind the top-dogs in the San Antonio Spurs. They ended the 1st half of the season picking up wins in 3 of their last 5 with Morant (20 ppg, 8 ass) leading the way averaging 29 points per during this time. Important to add that Brooks (16 ppg), despite shooting under 40% from the floor on the year, has really elevated his offensive production scoring 19 points per game in his last 6 starts (including 2-consecutive 20+ point performances).

Finally, Valanciunas (16 ppg, 11 rebs) has continued to be a force in the paint for the Grizzlies posting a double-double in 8 of 10 starts. The center went 5-11 FG for 11 points along with 16 rebounds in their double-digit win over the Wizards March 2nd while Morant recorded 10 assists while scoring 35 points on 11-18 shooting (11-14 FT). Brooks also chipped in 20 points, albeit on 8-19 FG (2-8 3FG) while De’Anthony Melton (10 ppg) came off the bench to post 20 as well while accounting for 6 of the team’s 13 treys as the Grizzlies boasted a total of 7 double-digit scorers.

Memphis has posted 120 or more points in 3 of 4 meetings versus the Wizards with the team shooting 49% or better from the floor in 3 of those matchups.

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:


The Wizards continue to be hot against the number in recent outings. However, the Grizzlies have not been slouches either going 6-3 ATS in their last 9, overall, including covering in their last 4 meetings versus Washington at home.  Again, the season really begins tonight for the Grizzlies as they possess a huge opportunity to stalk the Spurs for 1st in the division.  In all, look for the home team to grind out a victory over the high-scoring Wizards in this contest.

Prediction:
Memphis Grizzlies -3

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Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:


With Beal at the top of his game along with Westbrook also posting huge numbers, the road team possesses the ability to put up some huge numbers on a nightly basis.  However, versus the Grizzlies, the team has had a tendency to struggle on this end of the floor averaging just 108 points in their last 5 meetings.  In fact, the Wizards have only posted 103 on the road versus Memphis in their last 4 matchups.  Take the under for this contest.

Prediction:
Under 237