Grizzlies host 76ers: Preview, how to watch, betting odds
In the second leg of a back-to-back, the shorthanded Memphis Grizzlies will bounce back from a double-overtime win to face the Philadelphia 76ers.
WHO: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Philadelphia 76ers
WHERE: FedEx Forum – Memphis, TN
WHEN: December 6, 2016 – 7:00 p.m. CST
HOW TO WATCH: Fox Sports Southeast (or you can stream it, but don’t tell ’em I sent ya)
HOW TO LISTEN: 92.9 ESPN Radio Memphis
BETTING ODDS: Memphis (-8.5); over/under 196.5
About the 76ers (4-17, 0-6 road)
The 76ers, per usual, are a mess. At one end of the spectrum, Joel Embiid seems like shoe-in for Rookie of the Year. At the other, they can’t seem to buy a win, and players like Nerlens Noel are praying for a trade. When will Ben Simmons return? A clear answer is still unknown. However, his comeback will restore some hope to those Trusting the Process in Philadelphia.
The Sixers are led by ‘rookie’ Joel Embiid, who missed the past two seasons due to injury. His 18 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks are good for the most on the team in their respective categories despite limited minutes.
Robert Covington’s 27.5 minutes per game are a team-high. The Sixers currently have 11 players averaging more than 20 minutes a night.
About the Grizzlies (14-8, 7-4 home)
After tonight, the Grizzlies are 10-0 in games where the final minute of the game comes down to a +/-3 point differential. To put it simply, the GRIZZLIES ARE CLUTCH. With injuries to Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons, James Ennis and Vince Carter, the Grit ‘n’ Grind mentality has fueled 3-straight wins for the ‘Nasty Nine’.
Speaking of the Nasty Nine, Memphis exercised it’s hardship injury exception Monday, signing Toney Douglas to a temporary contract. For his tenure in Memphis, Douglas will likely serve only as a fresh body.
Memphis win over New Orleans moved them to 14-8, tied with Oklahoma City for the fifth spot in the West.
The 76ers and the Grizzlies have met 41 times. As of today, Philadelphia leads the series 21-20. A more important trend, however, is that Memphis has won the last eight, including its match-up in Philadelphia earlier this season.
In a game that ended quite like the Grizzlies win in New Orleans, the Pelicans took Memphis into double-overtime, who scratched and clawed to a 104-93 victory.
Also, Joel Embiid and Chandler Parsons have a friendly history on social media:
The Grizzlies play the 76ers tomorrow. Joel Embiid left this comment on Chandler Parsons’ instagram. ???????? pic.twitter.com/j3iykgfwfA
— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) October 10, 2016
Keys to win
- A good night’s rest: The Grizz get the second leg of their back-to-back immediately following a double-overtime game in New Orleans. With fatigue an obvious factor, Memphis will look to their shallow bench to provide more minutes than usual
- Score 100 points: Memphis has scored 100+ points in 12 games this season. Their record after said games is 10-2. Ball don’t lie.
- Troy Daniels: Nearly breaking his own career-best AGAIN tonight, Daniels is scorching hot. He’s lead the Grizzlies in scoring in two straight night, averaging 24 points off the bench.
Hooray! The Grizzlies are favored in the spread for once! Personally, I think 6 points is a little high for a team that has barely beaten the Lakers and the Pelicans. Returning home for the second half of their back-to-back, I expect Marc Gasol to play very limited minutes (he played 40+ last night). Regardless, the Sixers aren’t a great team and the Grizzlies are. Grizzlies take the win, but it’s going down to the wire.
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