Memphis Grizzlies: Forecasting the rest of December — can they continue to defy the odds?

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The Grizz play some familiar foes during this stretch of games, facing teams they’ve already played this season (at least once).

Dec. 20 vs OKC Thunder

All eyes will be on the Thunder to see if they will avenge their historic, 73-point loss to the Grizzlies earlier in the month. The Thunder played without Shai-Gilgeous Alexander and Josh Giddey in that game. The Grizz will win, but probably not by 73 points.

Dec. 23 @ Golden State Warriors

Will the Grizzlies be able to do something no NBA team has been able to do to the Warriors this season? Golden State has not lost to the same team twice this year. They’ve been one of, if not the best team in the league in the first quarter of the 2021-22 season. As of this writing they’ve only lost four games and one of them was to Memphis earlier in the season. Perhaps Klay Thompson will be back and playing in a dress rehearsal before they hit the court on Christmas Day in front of a national audience. Warriors win this one.

Dec. 26 @ Sacramento Kings

The Grizz bounce back from a loss at Golden State just a few days prior. Hopefully, the team isn’t having a blue Christmas while on the road. They’ll need to get a win against the Kings in the first night of a back-to-back. Grizz will win one over the Kings.

Dec. 27 @Phoenix Suns

The Grizz jet over to Phoenix to take on the Phoenix Suns, who won an incredible 17 games in a row at one point this season. The Suns have only trailed the Warriors as being consistently one of the best teams night-in and night-out. Phoenix beat the Grizzlies badly at home in mid-November. Will Morant be back by this game? If he is, the team has a chance, if not the Suns will win this one.