In this battle between two teams sitting outside the playoff places of their respective conference, the Washington Wizards (29-40), are hosting the Memphis Grizzlies (28-41), with both teams looking to bounce back after their single defeats that ended their previous winning streaks.
Date/Time: 03-16-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Washington Wizards -2
Washington Wizards have a 29-40 record (33-36 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 11th place of the East. In their last game they saw a two-game winning streak getting snapped by losing at home against the Hornets with a 110-116 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 26 ppg, adding 5.3 boards and 5.6 dimes per game. He is followed by John Wall with 20.7 ppg and a team high 8.7 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season with an injury.
Memphis Grizzlies have a 28-41 record (32-37 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the third to last place of the West. In their last game they saw a three-game winning streak getting snapped by losing on the road against the Hawks with a 111-132 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Mike Conley with 20.6 ppg, adding a team high 6.4 dimes per game. He is followed by Jonas Valanciunas with 17.5 ppg and a team high 8 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season season the Grizzlies won at home with a 107-95 score. Wizards have a 20-13 home record, while the Grizzlies are 10-24 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 114.3 ppg to Grizzlies’ 101.8, while Grizzlies are better defensively, allowing 104.1 ppg to Wizards’ 116.8. Wizards have better percentages both in field goals (47% to 45%) and in 3-pointers (34.5% to 33.8%). They are also better in dimes made (26.7 to 23.7) and in boards grabbed (41.8 to 40.9), while Grizzlies are better in turnovers committed (13.3 to 13.9). Wizards are the favorite at home and Vegas odds give them a -2 spread and expect them to beat the odds for the win today.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Washington Wizards Prediction: Washington Wizards -2 (-106)
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