Tonight the Washington Wizards welcomes the Memphis Grizzlies over at Verizon Center in Washington DC. This will be a very strategic and interesting game as the Wizards have several players injured and will only be able to put up a small squad, the Grizzlies on the other hand have reworked their own strategy and is no longer starting Randolph. Since substituting Zach Randolph out of the starting line the Grizzlies are showing some great offensive improvements while retaining their traditionally strong defense, in fact the Grizzlies managed to hold the Pacers to season low stats in their last meeting (a game in which the Grizzlies shot a season high 56.4%).
The Washington Wizards will be coming into this game with 3 victories and 2 defeats at home aswell as 3 victories and 2 defeats overall in their latest 5 games. The Wizards are as mentioned earlier suffering from a great deal of injured players, though the still healthy part of the squad has managed to win back to back games and are looking for a third consecutive win while waiting out their teammates to get healthy.
The Wizards will be without Alan Andersson, Bradley Beal, Drew Gooden, Gary Neal, Nene and Otto Porter. John Wall had to step out in the final quarter of the Wizards last game due to sore ribs but he is likely to be back for this one.
The Memphis Grizzlies will be coming into this game with 2 victories and 3 defeats on the road aswell as 3 victories and 2 defeats overall. The road results for the Grizzlies have been rather lackluster, however one could argue that it´s due to the fact that the team is adjusting to their new small-ball style strategy; not the easiest task to do on the road versus the Bulls, the Mavs or Heat. The Grizzlies will be without Jordan Adams, Tony Allen and Brandan Wright for this game.
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The viking’s prediction for this game is that the Memphis Grizzlies will win the fixture. The Wizards will be exhausted coming in and with such a small line up you can’t take advantage of each individual’s strength, which is something that is easily exploitable by the Grizzlies as they will have a better plan on how to play around the Washington line up coming in to this game.
Another fact that´s speaking for a Memphis victory here is their new strategy and the fact that they’re starting to reap the rewards from the transition. Their offense is better and their defense is stronger, the team is also said to be communicating better. In other words; All the key factors of basketball have been getting better for Memphis since the transition.
There are two other strong picks for this game which is the Washington team Under pick and the game total Under pick. The team total is at Under 102.0 and the Grizzlies haven’t allowed that many points in ANY of their latest 5 games, the viking believes that it’s unlikely that they would allow it in this game versus a worn-out Washington squad. This in combination with the fact that the Grizzlies are still in transition mode (their shooting isn’t where they would want it to be yet) makes the game total under good aswell.
Washington Wizards – Memphis Grizzlies, Away team by 6 points+ @ 2.75
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Under 202.0 points @ 1.91
Washington Wizards Under 102.0 points @ 1.91
Halftime / Fulltime, 2/2 @ 3.00
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