Grizzlies vs Wizards Odds and Picks

Ja Morant dribbles up court

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant brings the ball up the court during the second half half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Portland won 116-96. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)

The Washington Wizards are 1-point home favorites over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday (Nov. 5th, 7 pm ET)
Washington enters play fresh off back-to-back losses, while Memphis has won two straight
Read below for odds, analysis and a betting prediction

A pair of 5-3 teams clash on Friday (Nov. 4th) in the nation’s capital, as Washington plays host to Memphis. The hometown Wizards enter play fresh off back-to-back losses, while the Grizzlies have reeled off two straight wins.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 pm ET at Capital One Arena, and despite their recent struggles, it’s the Wiz who have opened up as slight favorites.

Grizzlies vs Wizards Odds

Team
Moneyline
Spread
Total

Memphis Grizzlies
-102
+1 (-110)
OFF

Washington Wizards
-116
-1 (-110)
OFF

Odds as of Nov. 4th at FanDuel.

Washington is a 1-point favorite, while the total is currently off the board. The Wizards have lost consecutive games for the first time all season, and their latest defeat was the direct result of a miserable shooting performance.

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Washington Taken Out By Toronto

The Wiz shot just 43.6% from the field on Wednesday, en route to a 109-100 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Raptors. Washington was especially putrid from beyond the arc, dropping just 8-of-32 three-point attempts.

Bradley Beal tips his cap to the Raptors: “Coach Nurse is always an interesting coach. He always has some junkyard defense to throw my way and make things difficult.”

— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) November 4, 2021

The poor long range shooting has been an issue all season, as the Wizards enter play ranked 25th in three-point field goal percentage. Star guard Bradley Beal is a big reason for that low ranking, as he’s shooting just 24.5% from three this season, on 7.6 attempts per outing.

Still scrapping! #DCAboveAll pic.twitter.com/i5LLqEtCDT

— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) November 4, 2021

The 28-year-old led Washington with 25 points versus Toronto, while Montrezl Harrell chipped in 15 points and 10 assists. The Raptors on the other hand, shot 40% from three, exposing the Wizards sub par defense.

The Wizards enter play ranked 18th in scoring defense, and 27th in opponent three-point field goal percentage. Washington has yielded at least 109 points in four straight outings, and only four teams in the NBA force fewer turnovers. They’ll need to tighten up their perimeter defense ahead of Friday’s date with Memphis, as the Grizzlies love chucking threes.

Memphis Sweeps Denver

The Grizz are fresh off back-to-back victories over the Nuggets on home court. On Monday, they downed Denver 106-97 and then followed up that win with a 108-106 victory on Wednesday.

🦄 22 points
🦄 8 rebounds
🦄 3 blocks
🦄 GW stop @jarenjacksonjr did a little of everything in the win last night. pic.twitter.com/ZVWS8xEiu8

— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) November 4, 2021

Jaren Jackson Jr. led the way in Wednesday’s win, dropping 22 points, while racking up 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. He was tasked with defending Nikola Jokic in the final minute, and forced the reigning MVP to come up short on an 11-footer that would have tied the game.

Ja Morant chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, racking up at least five dimes for the 20th consecutive game. Desmond Bane and Kyle Anderson each added 16 points, but the big story was Memphis’ efficiency from beyond the arc.

The Grizzlies buried 47.1% of their threes, covering up an 8-for-15 night at the free throw line. Memphis ranks eighth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage, and check in with the league’s 11th highest scoring offense.

.@KyleAnderson5 is a flat out hooper.

16 points | 3 reb | 7-11 FG | 27 min pic.twitter.com/4GjMda1u7n

— Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) November 4, 2021

Defensively however, it’s a different story. Despite holding the Nuggets to 29.6% from three on Wednesday, the Grizz still rank 28th at defending the three. They also rank 28th in scoring defense, and only the Detroit Pistons have yielded a higher opponent field goal percentage.

Grizzlies vs Wizards Pick

Obviously, it’s been Memphis’ offense that has propelled them to a 5-3 start, and they catch a favorable matchup on Friday. The Grizz enter play 6-2 ATS, and an impressive 4-1 ATS as an underdog. Morant in particular is set up for success, as the Wizards have given up the 10th most production to opposing point guards this season.

MORANT pic.twitter.com/5AOGLpLmwg

— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) November 4, 2021

Morant ranks seventh in the league in PER and has already produced three 30+ point outings. Look for the third year star to lead Memphis to another victory in a high scoring affair.

Pick: Memphis Grizzlies Moneyline (-102)

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