The NBA betting lines have finally been released for this matchup in Memphis. The Grizzlies have opened as four-point favorites, though you can also find 4.5 if you act fast. The O/U opened at 185 but has quickly gone down to 183.5.
These teams are pretty even when looking at the records, with Memphis at 27-23 SU and 23-26-1 ATS and Washington at 25-25 SU and 27-23 ATS. The Grizzlies are 13-14 SU at home, while the Grizzlies are an even 12-12 SU on the road.
Consistency has been hard to come by for the Wizards, but they will be coming off a 93-84 home win over Sacramento two nights ago.
Washington was favored by five points ahead of tipoff and really showed up defensively, holding DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings to 35.4 percent shooting overall and 18.2 percent from beyond the arc.
John Wall (12 points and four assists) was held in check by Isaiah Thomas, leaving the door open for the likes of Bradley Beal, Nene, Marcin Gortat and Kevin Seraphin to make a bigger impact. They all hit double figures in the win.
Beal had a nice 16/6/5 line, while Nene had 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals in a terrific all-around performance. As a team, Washington shot 43.0 percent overall and 38.1 percent from three.
Can the Wizards carry over that kind of defensive intensity tonight? They're coming up against one of the best defenses in the league in Memphis, so they can't afford to slip up too much.
Memphis has cooled off significantly since their lengthy winning streak back in late January. They've now lost three of their past four, with the defeats coming against Oklahoma City, Dallas and Cleveland.
Against the Cavaliers, the Grizzlies couldn't handle Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters, who combined for 46 points. Offensively Memphis struggled, shooting just 38.4 percent overall and finishing with only 83 points in an overtime game.
Individually, Nick Calathes stood out with 17 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol totaled 22 points, 17 rebounds, four blocks and three steals between them. James Johnson added 15 points off the bench in the losing effort.
Over their last five contests, the Grizzlies are now averaging only 86.8 points per game on the offensive end. Thankfully for them, their defense has been splendid, as they've held opponents to 90.6 points per contest in that same span.
Still, without Mike Conley and Tony Allen out there on the perimeter wrecking havoc, Memphis is going to have their hands full with the pairing of Wall and Beal.
Neither team has been doing too well lately, but we think taking the points may be the best route with our NBA picks.
The Wizards are getting amazing production out of Wall and he should have a field day against this makeshift Memphis backcourt. Washington is the healthier team and have done quite well on the road, where they've recorded a very profitable 16-8 ATS mark.
Don't forget about the Grizzlies' struggles at home. They don't have a winning record inside FedEx Forum and are just 10-17 against the spread. Let's take the points and roll with Washington to get the job done.
Free NBA Picks: Wizards +5