NBA Game Preview - Wizards underdogs vs Grizzlies at Memphis
Washington Wizards vs Memphis Grizzlies Odds
Washington pays a visit to Memphis on Friday, hoping to send the Grizzlies to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at FedExForum.
The Grizzlies sit at 29-16 (26-18-1 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Wizards are currently 11-33 (27-16-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Memphis is 17-27-1 OU, and Washington is 18-25-1 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Grizzlies at No. 4 and the Wizards at No. 15 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 96-88 result in favor of the Grizzlies.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Memphis's No. 28-ranked offense, averaging 93.3 PPG, against a Wizards defense that ranks No. 8 at 96.1 PPG. The Grizzlies field goal percentage has averaged 43.5% so far, more than the Wizards shooters have achieved on the year, 42.2% per game.
Defensively, the Wizards feature the league's No. 7-rated defense on the road, giving up 95.8 points per game. Memphis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Washington, they were a 92-84 loser as they battled the 76ers on the road. The Wizards failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog, while 176 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Washington got 16 points from Nene Hilario but lost anyway 92-84 against the 76ers on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center.
The Grizzlies were a 106-89 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Thunder. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (195) made winners of OVER bettors. Memphis suffered a 106-89 loss against Oklahoma City on Thursday, getting 23 points from Jerryd Bayless in a losing effort at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Washington Wizards Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing San Antonio are 3-7
After playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5
Memphis Grizzlies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Phoenix are 3-7
After playing Oklahoma City are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3
A few Wizards at Grizzlies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Washington's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington's last 5 games when playing on the road against Memphis
Washington is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
Memphis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
Memphis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Washington
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Memphis's last 5 games when playing at home against Washington
Washington at San Antonio, Saturday, February 2
Memphis home to Phoenix, Tuesday, February 5