Wizards vs. Grizzlies Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Mar 10, 2021

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The last time these teams faced each other, earlier this month, Ja Morant put up a game-high 35-point performance to go along with 10 assists.  That performance made Morant the youngest player in Grizzlies history to have a 30-point and 10-assist game.

Washington
34-38
AT
March 10, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
FedExForum
Memphis
38-34
Pointspread +3.5 -110
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +237.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

Pointspread -3.5 -110
Moneyline -160
Over / Under u +237.5

41%

Betting Action

59%

The second half of the NBA season officially kicks off on Wednesday with the Washington Wizards heading to Memphis to face the Grizzlies.  Memphis won the only other meeting between these teams this season, taking the Wizards down 125-111 in Washington on March 2.

The Grizzlies are slim 3-point favourites to win on the NBA odds with a total of 237.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

It’s been a dead-even heat between these teams over the last several years.  They’ve split the last 10 games they’ve faced off with each other with Memphis averaging 108.5 points per game in those meetings and Washington averaging 105.3 points.

The Wizards have identical 7-10 records at home and on the road, although they have been better at covering the spread outside of Washington.  The Wizards are 18-16 against the spread overall, covering in 10 of 17 road games.  Washington is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.

Coming into this game, Memphis has struggled at home with a losing record of 7-11 at the FedExForum.  The Grizzlies are 17-14-1 ATS overall and have covered in five straight home games against Washington.  Memphis has missed the Over in six straight games overall and four of their last five home games.

Washington Wizards

After a brutal start to the season the Wizards seem to have turned things around, picking up eight wins in their last 11 games.  Washington proved they can hang with the best of the best after taking down the L.A. Clippers 119-117 in their last game before the All-Star break.  That win put them two games back of the Raptors for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, with a lot of basketball still left to play.  Bradley Beal led the way against the Clippers.  The NBA’s leading scorer finished with 33 points and seven rebounds.  Beal is averaging 32.9 points per game and could position himself as a top MVP candidate if he can get the Wizards into a playoff position. Russell Westbrook also had a big game against the Clippers, falling one rebound shy of a triple-double.  Westbrook dropped 27 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists in the win.

Beal is a consistent shooter that Washington can usually rely on, so how Westbrook performs in this game could be the difference-maker.  Westbrook struggled to start the season, but the first-year Washington point guard seems to have become much more comfortable with the Wizards’ systems.  He is averaging just shy of a triple-double per game.  Westbrook’s 20.3 points per game average is second only to Beal and Westbrook also leads Washington in rebounds (9.7) and assists (9.8).  The key matchup in this game will be Westbrook and Ja Morant.  If Westbrook can limit Morant’s offensive threat, Washington has a great chance to pick up the win.

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis is coming into this game at exactly .500 for the year and they sit one game back of the Dallas Mavericks for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.  The Grizzlies entered the All-Star break with a tightly contested 112-111 loss to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.  A late Desmond Bane missed 3-pointer that hit the rim was the difference between a win and a loss for Memphis against the Bucks.  Morant dropped a game-high 35 points for the second straight game, but it wasn’t enough against a Milwaukee team with the NBA’s reigning two-time MVP.

After inconsistent play, Morant seems to be heating up.  The NBA’s 2020 Rookie of the Year has put up 70 points over his last two games and will likely be the determining factor if the Grizzlies make the playoffs.  The last time these teams faced each other, earlier this month, Morant had the first of his two straight 35-point game-high performance to go along with 10 assists.  That performance made Morant the youngest player in Grizzlies history to have a 30-point and 10-assist game.  For the season, Morant leads Memphis with 19.8 points per game and 7.7 assists.

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