The Memphis Grizzlies are quietly on a nice 5 game winning streak, notching wins over the Suns, Hawks, Thunder, Bucks, and Kings. Even though Tony Allen is still out, the return of Marc Gasol appears to already be doing wonders for this Grizzlies team. The Grizzlies have won in a variety of ways over the course of the streak, winning some uptempo games like their 108-101 victory over the Hawks and also some lower scoring/defensive struggles like their 82-77 win on the road against the Bucks. This week’s schedule for the Grizzlies appears to be pretty favorable with games against the Pelicans and the Rockets twice. However, an upcoming three game road trip to Portland, Sacramento, and Minnesota which will be during the week of the Super Bowl, will prove to be a good test for the Grizzlies. The Trail Blazers are emerging as one of the West’s elite teams, and the Kings and Timberwolves are both trying to prove that they belong in the conversation of teams that can make the playoffs. If the Grizzlies can win their upcoming games against the Pelicans and Rockets, they’ll enter their road trip on an 8 game winning streak, which suddenly becomes a pretty big deal. If the Grizzlies want to make a push for the playoffs and get a good seed, they likely have to have a stretch where they win around 13 out of 15 games. They appear to be on the cusp of going on just that kind of stretch, which is why these upcoming two weeks are so important for the Grizzlies. Hopefully they can capitalize on their current momentum and look back on these weeks as a period of time in which they turned their season around as opposed to a period of time in which they failed to capitalize on a great opportunity.
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