An interconference clash between teams on the outside looking in at the playoff picture takes place in Hotlanta. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road as they make the trip to face the Atlanta Hawks Wednesday night. Memphis rallied down the stretch to drop Orlando 105-97 at home in their last game Sunday evening. Atlanta picked up a 128-116 home win over New Orleans in their previous contest Sunday night. The Hawks own a 28-17 advantage in the all-time regular-season series but the Grizzlies claimed a 131-117 home win in the first matchup this season on October 19, 2018.
Memphis Grizzlies Shoot for Fourth Straight Win
Memphis won their third straight game for the first time since a five-game run from November 14-21 as they rallied to down Orlando. The Grizzlies enter this contest 13th in the Western Conference, 10 games behind the Jazz for the final playoff spot. Memphis led by nine after the opening quarter, by one at the half and by three after three quarters. The Grizzlies saw Orlando rally and trailed by seven with 3:06 to play but closed the game on a 17-2 run to pick up the win. Memphis shot 41.5 percent from the field, including nine of 31 from three-point range, and drained 28 of 31 free throws in the victory. Mike Conley led the Grizzlies with 26 points, 14 of which came in the final quarter, and eight assists in the win.
The Grizzlies enter this game ranked 30th in scoring offense in the league as they average 101.6 points per game. Memphis is in the bottom third of the pack in the league on the glass, ranking 29th with 41 boards a night. The Grizzlies are 20th in the league in assists with 23.6 per game. Memphis stands 1st in the league in scoring defense as they allow 103.7 points per game. The Grizzlies are 24th in the league in field goal percentage as the team shoots 45 percent from the floor. Memphis is 30th in the league with 9.3 threes per game and 28th in the league as they shoot 33.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies are 5-5 in their last 10 games while standing 18th in field goal percentage in that span by shooting 45.6 percent as a team. Mike Conley puts up 23.6 points plus 5.9 assists per game in that stretch while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor in that stretch. Jonas Valanciunas contributes 18 points plus 8.7 rebounds per game while shooting 57.3 percent from the floor since coming over in a deadline-day deal. Avery Bradley, another mid-season pickup, is putting up 15.8 points per game in that stretch.
Atlanta Hawks Look to Split Season Series
Atlanta snapped a three-game skid as they knocked off New Orleans at home in their last contest. The Hawks enter this one 12th in the Eastern Conference, nine games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. Atlanta trailed by seven after the opening quarter and by one at the half before outscoring the Pelicans 29-20 in the third quarter. The Hawks didn’t see their lead drop below four in the final quarter as they got the win. Atlanta shot 49 percent from the field, including 17 of 37 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 56-42. Kevin Huerter led the Hawks with 27 points in the win.
The Hawks are 13th in the league in scoring offense with 112.4 points per game this season. Atlanta is 12th in the league in rebounding (45.9 rpg) and 9th with 25.5 assists per contest. The Hawks are 30th in the NBA in scoring defense as they allow 118.7 points per game. The Hawks are tied for 21st in the league by shooting 45.1 percent from the floor as a team. Atlanta is 5th in the league with 12.6 made three pointers a night and tied for 15th in three-point shooting as the team hits 35.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Hawks are 4-6 in their last 10 games and the stats were a mixed bag. Atlanta is 2nd in scoring with 122.5 points per game but rank 30th in scoring defense by allowing 122 points a night. The Hawks are tied for 20th in opposing field goal percentage (46.4 percent) and tied for 25th in threes allowed per game (13.6) in the last 10 games. Offensively, Trae Young is carrying the load, averaging 26.1 points plus nine assists per game while shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc. He knocked down 2.9 threes per game in that stretch. John Collins continues to be a force in the low post as he contributes 23.7 points and 11.3 boards a game: he missed three games with illness before returning against San Antonio. Miles Plumlee is questionable while Omari Spellman is out for the Hawks. The injury woes led to the Hawks signing Tyler Zeller to a 10-day contract.
- Hawks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win
- Hawks are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Wednesday games
- Hawks are 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a straight up win of more than 10 points
- Grizzlies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win
- Grizzlies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 when their opponent scores 100 points or more in their previous game
- Grizzlies are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overal