The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off of a rough loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. That being said, they stole a win against the same strong Clippers team the night before, so they’ll be riding the confidence boost from that game for a while. This team showed that they have some serious potential, splitting the 2-game series against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
They’ll get an easier opponent in the Houston Rockets, but will be missing a key contributor in Grayson Allen. This team will look to bounce back, but it won’t be a walk in the park against a Rockets team that has historically been a contender.
The Memphis Grizzlies should win this game, but it isn’t a lock. Our staff weighs in with their opinions.
Jack Williams: The Memphis Grizzlies split a series against a championship-caliber team in the Los Angeles Clippers. They’ll have more confidence than they’ve had since the beginning of the year and will ride this through to a victory against the Houston Rockets. The Rockets have been playing arguably the worst basketball in the league, so this one could get ugly. Ja Morant and company will take care of business, moving the Grizz back to .500.
Final Score: Grizzlies 121, Rockets 95
Taylor Goebel: As Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies head to Houston to take on the Rockets on Sunday, they’ll look to bounce back from a loss against the LA Clippers on Friday. The Rockets have lost their last 10 games and have been giving up 118.5 ppg during that stretch. If the Grizzlies can keep the Rockets guards Victor Oladipo and John Wall in check, as well as have solid outings from Ja Morant and Jonas Valanciunas, they can look to take care of business and push the Rockets losing streak to 11.
Final Score: Grizzlies 122, Rockets 112
Max Chronister: With the Houston Rockets being on a pretty big losing streak, it’s fair to assume that the Memphis Grizzlies have a great chance to win due to their offensive versatility. Not to mention, the Memphis Grizzlies coming off of back-to-back games with the Clippers where they split wins. The Grizzlies will outplay the Rockets and take the win in blow-out fashion.
Final Score: Grizzlies 115, Rockets 94
Brandon Martinez: I personally feel that this game will come down to how well Ja Morant plays. With Christian Wood out, I expect Valanciunas to have a field day. If Morant can facilitate well and keep Wall from getting hot, the Memphis Grizzlies should win this one comfortably.
Final Score: Grizzlies 116, Rockets 106