Two teams sitting on opposite sides of their respective conferences are clashing tonight, when the disappointing this season Memphis Grizzlies (12-26), who are playing better lately but haven’t found a rhythm, are hosting the Washington Wizards (22-16), who want to extend their current winning streak.
Date/Time: 01-05-2018, 20:30 EDT
Spread: Memphis Grizzlies +5
Grizzlies have a 12-26 record (13-23-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the second to last place of the West. They have not won or lost a second consecutive game since before Christmas and in their last game they lost on the road against the Clippers with a 105-113 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Tyreke Evans with 19.6 ppg, adding 5.1 rebounds and a team high 4.6 assists per game. He is followed by Marc Gasol with 18.3 ppg and a team high 8.4 rebounds per game.
Wizards have a 22-16 record (19-19 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 4th place of the East. They have three consecutivewins and in their last game they won at home against the Knicks with a 121-103 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 23.4 ppg, adding 4.4 rebounds per game. He is followed by John Wall with 18.5 ppg and a team high 8.7 assists per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Wizards won at home with a 93-87 score. Grizzlies are 7-12 at home so far this season, while Wizards are 9-10 on the road. Wizards are better offensively, scoring 106.7 ppg to Grizzlies’ second-worse of 98.9, while Grizzlies are better defensively, allowing 102.4 ppg to Wizards’ 104. Wizards have better percentages both in field goals, shooting with 46.2% to Grizzlies’ 44.6% and in 3-pointers, shooting with 36.8% to Grizzlies 35.2%. They are also better in rebounding, grabbing 43.4 to Grizzlies’ second-worse of 39.6, in assists made, with 22.8 to Grizzlies’ third-worse of 20.7 and in turnovers committed (13.7 to 14.2). Wizards are rolling right now and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread which they are expected to beat against a weak and unstable even at home Grizzlies squad.
Washington Wizards vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction: Washington Wizards -5 (-106)
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