The Grizzlies were looking good seven days ago, unbeaten in four and Zach Randolph scoring plus-20 in an instrumental few games for the Power Forward. Now two defeats on the bounce, Dave Joerger’s men will be wanting to get the Western Conference play-off hopes back on track when they welcome the Nets on November 30.
Memphis lie 8-7 after a seven days with matchups against the irresistible play of the Spurs and powerful offense of the Rockets on Friday and Monday respectively. Late surges from the Western Conference powerhouses tamed the Grizzlies, with Houston claiming the fourth quarter 38-23 in their 93-86 victory.
It’s an area Brooklyn will feel encouraged by. Whilst the Nets have only one win in seven, a 102-100 win in Ontario against Atlantic Division leaders the Raptors will boost their hopes building up to the weekend. Despite a close loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, they should take confidence from the game having won three out of four quarters following a slow start.
It’s unlikely the Nets will have the strength to take out the home side in Tennessee however. Despite a two-game losing streak, Randolph and his side have had a relatively good few weeks. They have seen off the Clippers, Golden State Warriors twice and the Lakers in November whilst they have a good track record against the New York side.
The Grizzlies haven’t lost to the Nets since the beginning of 2011 and with both sides seasons so far, you would be brave to back Brooklyn if you’re involved with NBA betting.
Both Randolph and Mike Conley will cause major problems for a defence that are shipping in over 102 points per game, and the Memphis pair will be licking their lips at the prospect of picking up season highs when the visitors arrive at the FedEx Forum.
Offering little resistance the only player earning their wage at the moment is the injured Brook Lopez with 20.5 points per game, whilst star-man Kevin Garnett has recently described their performances this season as embarrassing.
It’s not just Lopez on the injury list however, Derron Williams, Andrei Kirilenk and Jason Terry have all had to sit games out, and whilst Andray Blatche stepped up to the plate in Canada, it’s unsure whether that can continue as the season goes on.
It looks like this season has already been written off for the New Yorkers but will want to make sure the embarrassment will end starting Saturday, though if it doesn’t, with a reported good looking draft for 2014, they’ll get a good pick on the best for next season.