Memphis Grizzlies vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 3/2/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Grizzlies vs Washington Wizards
Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Memphis (-1)
The Memphis Grizzlies (15-15) travel to Capital One Arena on Tuesday where they'll take on the Washington Wizards (13-19). Memphis opens this game as 1-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 237.5.
The Memphis Grizzlies played the Houston Rockets and went home with a win by a final score of 133-84 in their last contest. Memphis finished the contest with a 53.2% FG percentage (50 of 94) and knocked down 10 of their 30 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Grizzlies converted 23 of their 28 attempts for a rate of 82.1%. Regarding getting rebounds, they collected 56 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 27 assists in the game while creating 23 turnovers and earning 16 steals. In terms of the defense, Memphis allowed their opponent to shoot 27.7% from the field on 23 of 83 shooting. Houston earned 10 dimes and had 7 steals in the game. On top of that, Houston pulled down 38 boards (12 offensive, 26 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Houston finished 82.9% at the free throw line by knocking down 34 of 41 attempts. They converted 4 out of their 45 tries from 3-point land.
Desmond Bane is a guy who played a role in the matchup. He was able to score 15 points on 6 out of 7 shooting. He saw the court for 27:52 mins and totaled 7 rebounds. Bane finished the game at 85.7% from the floor and also dished out 1 assist. Another guy that was a determining factor in this contest for the Grizzlies was Kyle Anderson. He snagged 5 rebounds in his 22:30 min on the court. He walked away from this one shooting 28.6% from the floor for the game by connecting on 4-of-14 (13 points). When the final whistle was blown, Anderson didn't record an assist.
Memphis enters this matchup with a win-loss mark of 15-15 this year. The Grizzlies are connecting on 35.6% on shots from distance (325 of 913) and 78.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 111.2 pts per game (20th in the NBA) while shooting 46.5% from the field. They are turning it over 13.8 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 18.8 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Memphis is pulling down 44.7 boards per game and is sitting with 817 dimes so far this season, which is 17th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end of the court, the Grizzlies are forcing 16.6 turnovers every game and they draw 17.9 personal fouls. The Grizzlies defensively are allowing and opponent field goal percentage of 47.1% (498 of 537) and they surrender 43.6 rebounds per contest as a unit. They rank 7th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 762 conceded so far this season. They give up 37.8% on 3-point attempts while they are 9th in basketball in opponents points per game (110.7).
The last time they took the court, the Washington Wizards took a defeat with a final score of 111-110 when they played the Boston Celtics. The Wizards corralled 29 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 36 in this contest. They turned the ball over 14 times, while getting 10 steals for the game. The Celtics had 25 fouls for this game which took the Wizards to the charity stripe for a total of 29 shots. They were able to knock down 25 of the free throws for a rate of 86.2%. With regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Washington made 9 of their 32 attempts (28.1%). Overall, the Wizards ended up shooting 38 out of 84 from the floor which had them at 45.2%. The Wizards permitted the Celtics to knock down 42 of their 89 tries from the floor which had them shooting 47.2% in the matchup. They went 33.3% from 3-point land by connecting on 10 of 30 and ended up shooting 17 of 24 from the charity stripe (70.8%). With respect to how they cleaned up the glass, Washington allowed Boston to get 49 in total (13 offensive).
Bradley Beal ended up being a major contributor for the Wizards for this game. He made 16 of 29 in this game for a rate of 55.2%, and earned 7 rebounds. Beal earned 46 points in his 39:23 mins of playing time and added 2 dimes in the game. Someone else that was important for Washington was Russell Westbrook. He walked away with 4 assists in his 35:56 mins on the court, and he knocked down 10 out of 22 from the floor. Westbrook walked away from this one going 45.5% from the field and also earning 24 points and 11 boards.
Washington has a win-loss mark of 13-19 so far this season. Washington has scored 3,672 points this season (114.8 per contest) and they grab 44.7 rebounds per game. The Wizards are committing 22.1 personal fouls per game and they connect on 76.8% from the charity stripe. As an offensive team, the Wizards are shooting 45.9% from the floor, which ranks them 19th in the NBA. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 24.9 times per contest (16th in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.2 times per contest. The Wizards on defense are ranked 29th in the league in points per game surrendered with 119.0. They have given up 23.8 dimes and 47.2 rebounds per game, which is ranked 10th and 25th in the league. The Washington defense allows 38.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter (430 of 1,128) and their opponents are knocking down 77.0% of their foul shots. They are forcing 15.1 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 47.3% from the field (24th in basketball).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Memphis (-1)
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