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The Grizzlies look to pick up a solid road win as they travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Wizards.

NBA: Washington Wizards at Memphis Grizzlies Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (25-18, 11-10 away) vs. Washington Wizards (21-19, 16-7 home)

WHERE: Verizon Center in Washington DC

WHEN: 6:00 PM CT

HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis

INJURY REPORT-

MEMPHIS- Brandan Wright (out, ankle)

WASHINGTON- Ian Mahinmi (out, knees), John Wall (probable, hand)

PROJECTED STARTERS-

MEMPHIS- Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Chandler Parsons, JaMychal Green, Marc Gasol

WASHINGTON- John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Markieff Morris, Ian Mahinmi


The Memphis Grizzlies have a very nice opportunity to pick up a road win on Wednesday night.

They will travel to the Nation’s Capital to take on a Wizards team that has shown great flashes this season, but have looked terrible at times, as well. Nonetheless, Washington is equipped with one of the best backcourts in the NBA in John Wall and Bradley Beal, making for an exciting match-up for Memphis.

The Wizards provide the Grizzlies a great opportunity to pick up a good road win and pick up some good momentum.

Match-up to Watch: John Wall vs. Mike Conley

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Washington Wizards Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

This is a match-up between two of the best point guards in the game.

Wall is big, fast, pure point guard that is a play-maker on both ends. Conley is super saavy and has very few holes in his game. This should be fun.

Watching these players on both ends of the floor should be fun, as both are good two-way guards. It is very likely, that if this match-up is dominated, one way or the other, the winner will lead their team to victory.

Particularly with the Wizards, who go as Wall goes, good point guard play is essential every game. If Conley can contain Wall, then the Grizzlies should cruise to victory.

But if Wall’s explosiveness and play-making takes hold, then he can control an entire game. When Wall is on, he is one of the more dominant players in the league. Conley needs to earn that money in this game.

OTHER MATCH-UPS:

  • Tony Allen vs. Bradley Beal: A great scorer vs. a great defender. Classic TA. Keep an eye out to see if he can harass the sharpshooter.
  • Marc Gasol vs. Marcin Gortat: Gasol has had an elite season and Gortat is one of the most underrated bigs in the league. Gortat is a double-double threat every night and a great pick-and-roll partner for Wall. This should be an exciting battle.

Prediction

This game could go a variety of ways.

The tempo doesn’t particularly favor one team or the other, but Wall is very dangerous in transition. Man-to-man match-ups, like the one’s listed above are crucial. The Wizards get great production from their starting five, so if the studs from Memphis can play well, this should be a wrap.

If Wall and Beal get loose, then the Wizards are tough to beat. But, Washington does have a weak second unit. Look to the bench contributors for Memphis, like new cult hero Troy Daniels, to have nice games.

If just one of the star guards for Washington can be neutralized, then the Grizzlies should be able to win this game with superior supporting cast play. I just feel like the Wizards have less room for error in this game.

Memphis 102, Washington 96

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