Memphis Grizzlies: 2020 NBA Restart Prediction and Picks

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The Memphis Grizzlies will be looking to find rhythm once league resumes, as Memphis is hovering around the .500 mark.  The Grizzlies are in 3rd place in the Southwest, with a record of (32-33).  The Grizzlies are averaging 112.6 points per game, while allowing 113.7 per contest.  Memphis has been led by rookie Ja Morant.  Let’s take a closer look at the Grizzlies roster, games left on the schedule, and odds for Memphis come postseason. 

Roster Breakdown: Morant has been pacing the Grizzlies all season.  The rookie out of Murray State is averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 assists per contest.  Morant is knocking down 49 percent of his field goals.  Jaren Jackson Jr. is 2nd on the team in points, registering 16.9 per contest.  Dillon Brooks is averaging 15.7 points per game.  Center Jonas Valanciunas is collecting a double-double on average, totaling 14.9 points and 11.2 rebounds.  Memphis has 7 players averaging 10 points or more per game. 

Remaining Schedule: vs. Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans (2), and Boston Celtics. 

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Help or Hurt: The break has been very beneficial for Memphis in my mind, as this has given Ja Morant some rest.  This is the most games Morant has had to play in a season to this point, as the most he played in a season at Murray State was around 35.  As of right now Morant has started and played in 59 games, therefore an extended period of rest will allow him to come back with some energy.  If Morant is on his game, the rest of the team will benefit from that. 

Odds: The Grizzlies have been pegged as +11000 odds to win the Western Conference Finals.  Memphis has odds of +21000 to win the NBA Finals Championship.  While the Grizzlies don’t have a great chance to win either of these finals, Memphis has the ability to beat some of the better teams that will be in the postseason.  The Grizzlies sit one game below the .500 mark and have a reasonable schedule once play resumes.  I would not be surprised to see Memphis finish with an above .500 record after the last 8 games come and go.  Memphis may not have a realistic chance to win the Western Conference Finals or the NBA Finals, but don’t be surprised if Memphis pulls an upset in postseason play.   

       

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