The Memphis Grizzlies are one of the NBA's most perplexing teams. It is a team that thrives on offense using the mid-range area of the floor, and it showed again last night against Washington. Memphis was ridiculous yet again from short mid-range, going 18-of-33 and hitting floater after floater from about 10 feet out. However, in the second quarter those floaters started to clank and Washington was able to cut a 19-point deficit to five points at half time.
The Grizzlies would go on to beat the Wizards 127-112, outscoring them 60-50 in the second half for their fourth consecutive cover, but that performance itself is why I have trouble with a team like Memphis. Their offense comes from an inefficient area of the floor, and when those shots stop falling it makes them look pedestrian. Against below-average teams like Washington, it works. But, against some of the best teams in the league they won’t be able to rely on their opponents lack of rim protection and sloppy transition defense like they did last night.
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The Main Event
Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets (-2.5, 234.5)
Boston found some momentum going into the All-Star break, winning four straight with a 2-2 ATS record. Through those four games the Celtics' uneven offense found its stride, averaging 121.6 points per 100 possessions while shooting 51.7% from the floor and 42.5% from deep. The betting market still has this team slightly overvalued though, and that is apparent when you see that they closed as 6.5-point favorite over a Washington team they beat by a point or an eight-point favorite over short-handed Toronto. Is the market doing that again here?