Wizards at Grizzlies: Game Time, Key Match Up, Notes, and Prediction

Mar 25, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) in the second quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 107- 94. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 25, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles the ball against Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Tony Allen (9) in the second quarter at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 107- 94. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Wizards are back to .500 after beating the Sacramento Kings at home, but they’ll head out on the road tonight with another chance to get above the even mark against the Memphis Grizzlies. The game will tip off at 8:00 PM (EST) from the FedExForum.

Key Match Up:

The Grizzlies have lost 3 of their last 4 games and they’re looking to get a bounce back win at home. Mike Conley has missed the last few games with a sprained ankle, but he will be a game-time decision tonight against Washington. Even though they might miss Conley, the Grizzlies still have one of the best front court tandems in the NBA and are definitely capable of winning games. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph are averaging a combined 30.9 points per game and almost 17 rebounds. Like Nene and Marcin Gortat, Memphis’ front court doesn’t rely on their athleticism, but they’re still able to get the job done. Gasol is the reigning defensive player of the year, while Randolph mixes it up with his offensive prowess.

Memphis isn’t a great scoring team, but Gasol and Randolph are both versatile enough to score at a high level Nene has struggled in the rebounding department this season, while Randolph is prone to following his own misses on the offensive glass. Nene and Gortat have to do a better job on the boards, and it won’t get any easier tonight. Gasol is one of the most skilled big men in the NBA and the outcome of the game might be determined by Gortat’s defense. It should be a fun battle between the two front courts.

Notes:

  • John Wall scored a career-high 47 points against the Grizzlies last season. Wall can’t settle for jump shots tonight, especially if Mike Conley misses the game.
  • The Grizzlies only allow their opponents to score about 95 points per game.
  • Tony Allen and Quincy Pondexter are listed as ‘out’ for tonight.
  • Memphis is 23rd in transition defense, so the John Wall and Co. should be able to get some easy baskets from the fast break tonight.

Prediction:

The Grizzles have been struggling as of late, but they’re still a dangerous team. Washington hasn’t had much success at getting over the .500 mark, and Memphis is desperately searching for a home victory. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wizards win, but I don’t see it happening tonight. Marc Gasol is due for a big game, while Zach Randolph is always capable of putting up big numbers.

John Wall and Bradley Beal should be able to score 20+ points each, but the outcome of the game will probably be determined by the front courts.

It’s virtually impossible to predict the outcome of Wizards games, given how inconsistent they’ve been, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

Topics: Marc Gasol, Marcin Gortat, Mike Conley, Nba Preview, Nene, Washington Wizards, Wizards At Grizzlies, Wizards At Grizzlies Preview, Zach Randolph

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