#Betting101: Tank-Watching the Memphis Grizzlies

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Jason Lake

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 11:30 AM GMT

Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 11:30 AM GMT

The Memphis Grizzlies are tanking like nobody  has ever tanked before. But after 18 consecutive losses, are the Grizz still worth fading for this week’s NBA picks?

If there were a competition for losing, the Memphis Grizzlies would come out on top. Wait a second, there is a competition: the NBA Draft Lottery. Whoever loses the most games during the regular season gets the highest chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick this summer – provided they haven’t already traded it away – and right now, the Grizzlies are winning this battle. They’ve dropped each of their last 18 games at 6-12 ATS, leaving Memphis in last place at 18-49 SU and 27-38-2 as we go to press.

It takes a special team to lose 18 in a row. The Grizzlies were already in danger of collapse after downsizing during the offseason; their chances of making the playoffs for the eighth year in a row went further south when point guard Mike Conley (Achilles) pulled up lame in mid-November. Can Memphis keep this tank rolling between now and the playoffs? If so, they’re an excellent fade candidate for our NBA picks this week.

The Point Is Moot

Conley isn’t the only injured player in the Memphis lineup. All three of their top point guards are on the shelf; Andrew Harrison (minus-2.2 BPM) isn’t expected back until late March because of a sore right wrist, and Mario Chalmers (minus-2.7 BPM) is missing in action with a gimpy right hamstring. As if that weren’t enough, combo guard Tyreke Evans (plus-3.7 BPM), who’s having a remarkable comeback year in Conley’s absence, is out indefinitely with torn cartilage in his ribs.

This obviously leaves Memphis in a horrible position – except when it comes to tanking. Undrafted rookie Kobi Simmons (minus-5.2 BPM), with the Grizz on a two-way contract, has started the last five games at point guard. Providing backup: Markham, Ontario’s own Xavier Rathan-Mayes (minus-10.6 BPM), playing on a 10-day contract. Alas, Memphis has decided not to sign Rathan-Mayes to a second deal, so he’s out of the picture as of Wednesday.

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I know the Grizzlies are bad but they only scored 24 points in the paint just now against the Jazz. It's actually the fifth time the Jazz have done that to a team this year.

— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) March 10, 2018

Suffice to say the Grizzlies are in a bind until reinforcements come. At least they don’t play until Thursday, when they host the Chicago Bulls, but since the Bulls are also part of the tank parade, we’re looking ahead to Saturday’s game against the visiting Denver Nuggets, who are very much in the Western Conference playoff mix. They’ll tip off at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. Keep an eye on the NBA odds board for the best price on this matchup, and may the sphere be with you.

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