2019-20 NBA Season (74th NBA Season)
Saturday, December 14, 2019 @ 8:00 p.m. ET (FedExForum)
Over/Under: 236; Grizzlies -1 (-109)
Best Moneyline: Wizards +102, Grizzlies -105
In tonight's interconference matchup between the Washington Wizards (7-16) and Memphis Grizzlies (8-17), both teams are aiming to improve upon their struggling records and move up in the rankings of their opposing conferences. Thus far, Washington is 12-10-1 ATS, while Memphis is 10-15 ATS this season. This game can be watched live on FSSE, NSWA, NBA League Pass, and via a live streaming service. According to the Land of Basketball database, based on 45 regular season games played all-time head-to-head, the Grizzlies are 24-21 versus the Wizards. In the 2018-19 season, the series was split 1-1, with Memphis winning 107-95 on Oct. 30, 2018 and Washington winning 135-128 on Mar. 16, 2019. The Grizzlies' victory last season snapped their three-game losing streak against Washington. Moreover, in the Wizards' 114-107 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, small forward Davis Bertans had 32 points, 9 total rebounds, 1 assist, no steals, and 1 block.
Power forward Rui Hachimura scored 18 points and earned 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and no blocks. Bradley Beal finished his night with 16 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, no steals, and 1 block. Washington's bench players scored 51 points against the Hornets, with 32 of those points coming rom Davis Bertans. This was another underwhelming game from Mortiz Wagner and Ish Smith. The starters should have scored more points. For other box score game statistics, the Wizards shot 38-90 (42.2 percent) from the field, 11-35 (31.4 percent) from the three-point arc, and 20-25 (80 percent) at the free throw line. Washington also closed out their performance with 51 rebounds, 27 assists, 7 steals, 7 blocks, and 46 points scored in the paint. Their largest lead of this game was by just 4 points. They allowed 29 points in the third quarter and 32 points in the forth quarter. Not to mention, a 20-point first quarter will not cut it in today's NBA. This team is playing like exactly what their current record shows.
Meanwhile, in the Grizzlies' 127-114 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, power forward Jaren Jackson Jr. finished his performance with a career-high 43 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, no steals, and 1 block. Shooting guard Dillon Brooks scored 19 points, and earned 2 rebounds, 3 assists, no steals, and 1 block. Jae Crowder ended his game with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and 1 block. Furthermore, the Grizzlies' bench players had 19 points against the Bucks. Solomon Hill scored 8 of those 19 points. For other box score game statistics, Memphis shot 38-98 (38.8 percent) from the field, 20-49 (40.8 percent) from beyond the arc, and 18-23 (78.3 percent) at the free throw line. They closed out their home loss with 45 rebounds, 27 assists, 9 steals, 5 blocks, and 26 points scored in the paint. One major contributing factor to this 13-point loss was not only playing the best Eastern Conference team, it was also because of their 19-point forth quarter effort. They allowed 37 points during crunch-time in the forth quarter as well.
The Washington Wizards' Betting Trends highlights the team's .143 winning percentage based on their previous fourteen games played at the FedExForum
The Washington Wizards are 1-5 ATS in their past six games played versus Western Conference opponents. They are also 2-12 SU in their last fourteen games played on the road against the Grizzlies, and the total has gone over in eight of Washington's previous nine games played versus Southwest division opponents. Plus, the Wizards are 4-14 ATS in their past eighteen games played in the month of December. According to the Vegas Insider NBA betting odds, the Wizards have 5,000/1 odds to win the Eastern Conference and 10,000/1 odds to win the NBA title this season. In other words, they have a slim chance of even making the playoffs. They have the lowest title odds in the league alongside the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and New York Knicks. It is not a good look for the league when the five teams with the lowest odds are all from the same conference. Having said this, the Wizards have a decent roster for winning games, though, the team is injury-ridden. They could certainly use Isaiah Thomas and John Wall right about now. Washington is now on a three-game losing streak.
While referencing The Action Network's "2019-20 NBA Win Total Tracker" article, PointsBet opened the Wizards' win total projection at 28.5 games. Then, they closed their projection at 26.5 wins, while DraftKings closed their prediction with 27.5 wins. In the 2018-19 season, Washington finished their season 32-50 (.390), ranking forth in the Southeast division and eleventh in the Eastern Conference. If their injuries continue to stack up in the second half of the season, a 30-win finish would be a bit more far-fetched. Unfortunately, the Wizards have not earned a 50-win season since the 1978-79 season, when they finished 54-28 (.659), ranking first in the conference and losing four games to one against the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Finals. Arguably, the Wizards' last acceptable playoff appearance was back in the 2016-17 season, when they finished 49-33 (.598) and lost in Game 7 versus the Boston Celtics in the conference semifinals. Fast forward to the present, Bradley Beal is leading the team in points, averaging 27.4 points per game. Thomas Bryant is earning 8.5 rebounds per game, too. Upon further review of the injury report, both C Thomas Bryant and PF Mortiz Wagner were downgraded to out for tonight's game. Not to mention, point guards John Wall and Isaiah Thomas are out indefinitely.
The Memphis Grizzlies' Betting Trends reveals the team's winless record over the stretch, based on their past seven games played at home
The Memphis Grizzlies are 12-2 SU in their previous fourteen games played at home versus Washington. They are also 0-7 SU in their last seven games played at the FedExForum, and Memphis is 1-5 ATS in their past six games played against Eastern Conference opponents. Additionally, the total has gone over in five of the Grizzlies' previous six games played versus Southeast division teams, and the team is 4-12 ATS in the past sixteen games in the month of December. The total has also gone under in seven of the team's last nine games when playing as the selected favorite. Retrieved from the same aforementioned Vegas Insider NBA betting odds source, the Grizzlies have 1,000/1 odds to win the Western Conference and 2,000/1 odds to win the NBA title this season. They have the lowest odds of winning the Western Conference title, and Memphis is tied with the Chicago Bulls (2,000/1) and Detroit Pistons (2,000/1) for championship odds. As stated before, there are still five teams in the opposing conference with lower odds of winning a championship. So, things could be far worse for this organization.
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