The Memphis Grizzlies (41-26) are enjoying a three-game winning run that has put them back in second in the Western Conference. They are coming off a big 104-88 win against the Dallas Mavericks in their previous outing.
The Grizzlies are proving their worth in the absence of Ja Morant, who has been suspended indefinitely for now. The entire team has come together to perform as a unit. Desmond Bane was the leader in points against the Mavs, scoring 23, along with Dillon Brooks and David Roddy scoring 19 points each. Jaden Hardy and Josh Green scored 28 and 23 points, respectively, for the Mavs. The Grizzlies are now handed the tough task of facing the Miami Heat (37-33), seventh in the East and 5-5 in their last 10.
With a 23-13 home record, the Heat registered their latest home win against the Utah Jazz in an entertaining encounter. Jimmy Butler’s red-hot form continues as he again led the scoring charts with a 24-point performance in the 119-113 win. Almost the entire lineup ended up in double-digit performances. This will be the last home game for the Heat before they go out for another two-game road trip.
Fixture: Memphis Grizzlies @ Miami Heat
Venue: Miami-Dade Arena, Miami, Florida
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 15, 7:30 p.m EST
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat: Injury Report
There are a few injury concerns in-between the two teams at the moment. Jake LaRavia is out for the Grizzlies with a back injury, while Vince Williams Jr. is out indefinitely due to a shoulder injury. Ja Morant is suspended indefinitely, whereas Steve Adams is still out with a knee injury.
As for the Heat, Cody Zeller is out due to a nose injury, and Kyle Lowry is questionable due to a knee injury. Nikola Jovic misses out due to a back injury.
|Jake LaRavia||Memphis Grizzlies||Out||Back|
|Vince Williams Jr.||Memphis Grizzlies||Out||Shoulder|
|Ja Morant||Memphis Grizzlies||Out||Suspension|
|Steve Adams||Memphis Grizzlies||Out||Knee|
|Cody Zeller||Miami Heat||Out||Nose|
|Kyle Lowry||Miami Heat||Questionable||Knee|
|Nikola Jovic||Miami Heat||Out||Back|
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat: Betting Odds
|Memphis Grizzlies||+155||+4 (-105)||O 220.5 (-110)|
|Miami Heat||-175||-4 (-115)||U 220.5 (-110)|
Grizzlies: F Dillon Brooks, F Jaren Jackson Jr., C Xavier Tillman, G Tyus Jones, G Desmond Banes
Heat: F Jimmy Butler, F Kevin Love, C Bam Adebayo, G Tyler Herro, G Gabe Vincent
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Miami Heat: Betting Prediction
The Grizzlies have a 1-0 lead over the Heat this season in a low-scoring 101-93 win. They will now play for their fourth consecutive win and a chance to double their lead over the Heat. Offensively, the Heat is the worst team in the league, averaging only 108.7 ppg compared to the Grizzlies, who rank eleventh at 115.6 ppg. But defensively, the Heat is the second-best team, conceding only 109.5 ppg. The Grizzlies are not too far behind at fifth, conceding 111.6 ppg. Since the Heat is hosting the game, they would be looking to end the Grizzlies’ winning run, who are surprisingly only 13-21 on the road. So expect the Heat to cover the spread tonight.
Final Prediction: Miami -4 (-115)