Welcome back! I hope you all had a nice, relaxing All-Star break and are now ready for the final stretch of the NBA season. Yes, there are two months left, but those two months are going to go at a breakneck speed. In fact, two of the teams in action tonight, Memphis and San Antonio, have 40 games to make up over the course of the next 67 days.
With so much to do, and so little time, there is no point delaying any longer ... we have games to handicap!
The Main Event
Washington Wizards at Memphis Grizzlies (-1.5, 236.5)
The second half begins with a rematch from early last week. Memphis went into Washington last Tuesday and used a 36-23 second quarter to build what would be an insurmountable lead for the Wizards to overcome. The Grizzlies were the beneficiaries of a hot shooting performance from De’Anthony Melton, who made six of the team’s 13 made 3-point attempts. That is a massive gift for the 26th-ranked 3-point shooting team in the league, and one has to wonder if they can replicate anything close to that tonight. It wasn’t just the 3-point line that was scorching for Memphis either, as the team shot 27-of-59 from mid-range (45.8%) against Washington as well.