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The Grizzlies head to Charlotte in a heated race for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, can they gain ground on the Nuggets.
It’s been a listless season in Charlotte for the Hornets as the team sits at 10-28 with key players in and out of the lineup like LaMelo Ball and Gordan Hayward. Now, they host a 23-13 Grizzlies team that has lofty goals this season and an elite defense since the return of Jaren Jackson Jr, can they keep it up on Wednesday on the road?
Here are the odds for this matchup:
Grizzlies vs. Hornets odds, spread and total
Grizzlies vs. Hornets prediction and pick
The Grizz should roll in this matchup as JJJ has been one of the most impactful defenders in the league this season. He has missed nearly half the season, but boy has he been dominant, as Memphis allow 9.5 fewer points per 100 possessions when he is on the floor, in the 96th percentile according to Cleaning The Glass.
Overall, Memphis has the second best defensive rating this season now that he is back in the fold. They will face a Hornets team that is bottom five in defensive rating and will struggle to keep up with the Grizzlies considering that the Hornets are dead last in offensive rating.
I’m not going to overthink this, Charlotte is not competitive right now and I don’t expect it to start on Wednesday. Lay it with Memphis.
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