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Charlotte Hornets vs Memphis Grizzlies

WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (5-1, Four-Zero residence) vs. Charlotte Hornets (Three-Three, Zero-2 highway)
WHEN: 8:00 PM ET
WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee

Harm Report-
MEMPHIS Ben McLemore (Out, foot), Wayne Selden Jr. (Out, quad), JaMychal Inexperienced (Out, ankle)
CHARLOTTE Frank Kaminsky (Questionable, sickness), Michael Carter-Williams(Questionable, knee), Julyan Stone (Out, hamstring), Nicolas Batum (Out, elbow)
MEMPHIS: Mike ConleyAndrew HarrisonJames Ennis IIIJarell MartinMarc Gasol
CHARLOTTE: Kemba WalkerJeremy LambMichael Kidd-GilchristMarvin WilliamsDwight Howard

The Memphis Grizzlies are the very best crew within the NBA.
No, that isn't a typo. And sure, it's October 30th and solely six basketball video games have been performed by the Bears of Beale Road. However it's nonetheless actually cool, and loads of enjoyable, to say.
Right here is proof, for posterity.
Mike Conley is off to a sluggish begin? So what. Three seemingly rotation gamers, together with two starters, are out with harm? Irrespective of. These Memphis Grizzlies are strolling tall, defending their tails off, and counting on a powerful October from their bench on their solution to a 5-1 begin.
That is the very best begin to a season for the Grizzlies for the reason that 2014-2015 marketing campaign, when Memphis prolonged their early successful methods to a outstanding 21-Four report by way of their first 25 video games. They had been arguably the very best crew within the NBA at that time too, with a a lot bigger pattern measurement...
Till, in fact, they weren’t.
On no account ought to anybody rain on the parade of those Grizzlies, who've proven actual grit as they grind their manner by way of this early October slate (see what I did there?). These 2014-2015 Grizzlies gained 55 video games, nothing to stay your nostril up at by any stretch, because the second greatest single season win whole in franchise historical past. That is extra of an acknowledgement that these affluent occasions might be fleeting, and that now we have much more basketball forward of us.
The problem for David Fizdale and his crew is to maintain racking up early wins and begin out with a lead over these competing with them for playoff positioning. They can't be content material with being on the high of the NBA in October - it's a marathon, not a dash.
The race continues tonight towards a Charlotte crew on the second night time of a again to again, having crushed Orlando (Memphis’ subsequent opponent) final night time. How does Memphis take benefit and safe a successful residence stand?

Play Kemba to a Draw

Mike Conley has began sluggish this season as groups focus in additional on him because the straw that stirs the offensive drink of the Grizzlies. It would in all probability take time for Mike to regulate to this new actuality of being the point of interest of opposing groups’ defensive recreation plans. Roughly 40% from the ground general and 31% from past the arc are properly under the usual Grizzlies followers, and Conley himself certainly, have set for our Conductor.
Enter Kemba Walker.
Kemba completely destroyed the Orlando Magic final night time. 34 factors, 10 assists, 6 rebounds, 15-25 taking pictures. Walker wasn’t environment friendly taking pictures from three (2-7) however he beat up on a surprisingly good Magic crew who was with out Elfrid Payton, their place to begin guard. Kemba is able to these sorts of performances each night time.
Mike doesn’t must put up that type of a stat line, however he does must play even with Walker. He should restrict his offensive potential on the defensive finish, and he has to attempt to get in a rhythm on offense. Search for the Grizzlies to attempt to get Conley going early by way of choose and roll units and off-ball screens, attempting to tire out Walker if he's given the Conley defensive task.

Be Higher on the Glass

In fact the Grizzlies had been going to have some rising pains whereas altering over this roster. One of many areas the place it was most anticipated was rebounding, contemplating that they misplaced a still-almost-elite rebounder in Zach Randolph and a wing in Tony Allen who had an elite season final 12 months on the glass. These struggles don’t prolong to Marc Gasol, who has answered the decision to be a greater rebounder to the tune of 10.2 per recreation, however past him, it’s tough. The subsequent two main glass cleaners for Memphis? Tyreke Evans (5.7 per recreation) and James Ennis III (5.2 per recreation).
That isn’t going to chop it.
Charlotte, in the meantime, is fifth within the NBA in whole rebounding, led by long-time dominant rebounder Dwight Howard and athletically inclined Cody Zeller. The Hornets give themselves an opportunity in video games by limiting second likelihood alternatives for his or her opponents, as they rank 2nd in defensive rebounds particularly. The Grizzlies offense continues to be discovering its rhythm, particularly among the many starters, and each additional shot they'll generate is effective.
Sound acquainted?
Jarell Martin and anybody else who eats these minutes on the 4 must be higher at attacking the boards.

The Prediction

This Charlotte crew is not going to merely lie down for Memphis. They've a number of gamers, like Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who're fairly gritty in their very own proper and gained’t draw back from the problem of those new-look Grizzlies. They gained’t be impressed by a win over the Warriors, or two victories towards the Rockets. The Hornets will come to play.
The non-Marc-and-Mike starters for Memphis need to do a greater job supporting Conley and Gasol in order that they don’t need to expend a lot vitality to get a lead early within the recreation. The bench has to remain comparatively scorching - perhaps not Chandler Parsons 24 factors scorching, however Chandler Parsons 10-14 factors scorching - for the Grizzlies to construct upon something the starters get. And so they can not permit gamers like Jeremy Lamb and Frank Kaminsky if he performs, who're at the moment averaging over 17 factors and 14 factors per recreation, respectively, to take over the competition.
Search for Conley to rise to the problem and have a extra Mike-esque efficiency as Memphis wins an in depth one by pulling away late.
Memphis 105, Charlotte 98
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