2021-04-08
Memphis Grizzlies
Atlanta Hawks
League : NBA

Atlanta Hawks vs Memphis Grizzlies Prediction & Preview



 

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Memphis will be playing its second game in as many nights on Wednesday when visiting the Atlanta Hawks after playing in South Florida on Tuesday against the Miami Heat. Memphis is 24-23 and defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 116-100 on Sunday in their most recent game. With the victory over Philadelphia, Memphis moved into sole possession of second place in the Southwest Division and three games behind division-leading Dallas. Memphis will be somewhat short-handed on Wednesday. Brandon Clark, De'Anthony Melton and Justice Winslow are each questionable and Jaren Jackson Jr is out until late April.

The Atlanta Hawks will also be playing their second game in as many nights on Wednesday when entertaining the Memphis Grizzlies after hosting the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. Atlanta is tied for first in the Southeast division with the Miami Heat at 26-24. The Hawks defeated the Golden State Warriors 117-111 on Sunday for their third consecutive victory but the Hawks will be short-handed on Wednesday. Atlanta will be without second-leading scorer John Collins and third-leading scorer DeAndre Hunter. The two are scoring a combined 34.2 points per game for the Hawks. Kris Dunn is out until mid-April and Cam Reddish is out indefinitely. 

Grizzlies inside-out game seeing Success

Memphis is scoring an average of 111.9 points per game and the Grizzlies have an excellent inside-out game led by point guard Ja Morant and center Jonas Valanciunas. Morant is the leading scorer for Memphis averaging 19.0 points per game and Valanciunas is second in scoring with an average of 16.2 points per game. Morant is the leader in assists with an average of 7.5 dishes per contest. As a team, Memphis is averaging 26.7 assists per game and 12.9 turnovers per contest for a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Grizzlies are shooting 46.3% overall and 35.3% from beyond the arc.

 

Memphis is averaging 46.3 rebounds per game with 35.0 on the defensive boards and 11.2 off the offensive glass. Valanciunas is the leading rebounder for Memphis with an average of 12.5 per game. Defensively the Grizzlies are allowing an average of 110.9 points per game and average 9.6 steals and 4.5 blocked shots per contest. Dillon Brooks is the leader in steals with an average of 1.2 per game while Brandon Clarke is the swat commander with an average of 0.9 blocked shots per game.

 

Hawks Defense Continue to play well

The Atlanta Hawks are tied at the top of the Southeast division thanks to an above-average defense that is allowing an average of only 110.7 points per game which is eighth in the NBA. The Hawks are eighth in the NBA in rebounding as well with an average of 45.6 boards per contest. Atlanta averages 34.8 defensive and 10.8 offensive rebounds per game, with the leading rebounder Clint Capela with an average of 14.2 per game. Atlanta averages 6.9 steals and 5.0 blocked shots per game with Kevin Huerter the leader in steals with an average of 1.2 per game and Capela the swat leader with an average of 2.3 blocked shots per game which is third in the NBA.

 

Atlanta's offense is generating 113.2 points per game led by point guard Trae Young with an average of 25.2 points per game. However, the Hawks will be without their second and third-leading scorer and will miss a combined 34.2 points per game scoring average. Young is also the dish-leader for Atlanta with a team-high average of 9.4 assists per game. Overall Atlanta averages 24.2 assists and 13.1 turnovers per game for a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio. The Hawks are shooting 46.2% overall and 36.8% from downtown.






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