7-3 in their last ten, our Beale Street Bears are looking to avoid a major road block on their way to above .500 status with a season series ending home-and-away set of games against Houston this Friday and Saturday. The Rockets are 8-2 in their last ten, and are 2-0 against Memphis this season.
With a pathetic 0-10 record against divisional opponents, the Grizz can ill-afford to drop these next two; but, it appears as if splitting the couple would feel just as good as a sweep.
Sitting at 20-20, the BSBs sit two games back of the 8th seeded Dallas Mavs, who the team will host in little over a week. Seven games sit in-between this playoff or bust match-up, with only 2 of them occurring in Memphis.
In terms of the Rockets, Memphis dropped the first match-up at home by 7 in November, and then on the road by 8 in December. The line for the game currently sits at +7, fittingly.
The sad reality of the team’s situation sits at, despite being under .500 against the West, the team is 8-4 against the East and would hold that conference’s 6th seed in the playoffs. At 6 games under .500, the Bobcats are a playoff team.
The best we can hope for entering the half-way point of the season is that this team’s grind it out attitude prevails and lands the team a shot a cracking the post-season. It would be a shame to see the best defensive team, in terms of opponent’s points per game, in the West left out of a playoff bracket that contains the Wizards and Bobcats.
Simply put, a win within these next two games is more than necessary.