Charlotte (9-7) at Memphis (11-6)
When: Monday, November 28th 2016
Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: FSN Southeast
The red-hot Memphis Grizzlies will host the Charlotte Hornets on Monday night at FedEx Forum. The Grizzlies split a home-and-home series with the Miami Heat over the weekend and have won seven of their last eight to climb to within three games of San Antonio in the Southwest Division. Memphis is second in the NBA in scoring defense, holding opponents to an average of 96.9 points, but got a needed boost on offense Saturday from small forward Troy Williams. The rookie from Indiana scored a season-high 18 points in the win as the Grizzlies are injury-riddled at the wing position and head coach David Fizdale is confident in the young forward. “He is not afraid of the moment. He works really hard. He had a great summer. He really took his spot on this team,” said Fizdale. Power forward Zach Randolph (team-leading 7.9 rebounds) has missed the last two games for personal reasons and remains day-to-day. Mike Conley scored 31 points in a 105-90 win at Charlotte on November 21st. Randolph came off the bench in that game and scored 14 while bringing down 8 rebounds.
Starting shooting guard Nicolas Batum sat out Saturday with an eye injury, and Jeremy Lamb responded with a huge game, collecting 18 points and 17 rebounds. He was paired in the backcourt with Kemba Walker for the first time since the two won the 2011 NCAA National Championship game at Connecticut. Lamb responded with the second-most rebounds for a guard this season after totaling six minutes in the previous 12 games while making his way back from a hamstring injury. Lamb’s rebounding is a big boost for Charlotte due to the loss of forward Marvin Williams, who averages 6.1 boards and is expected to miss at least a week after being diagnosed with a bone bruise on his left knee. Center Cody Zeller is averaging 13 points and eight rebounds in the last two games after missing the previous three with a shoulder injury. Charlotte was a terrible 9-for-31 from three-point land a week ago against Memphis including Batum and Kemba Walker going a combined 2-for-14. Frank Kaminsky led all Hornets with 23 points in 20 minutes off the bench.
Memphis is playing extremely well right now and 2.5 points is a low number to lay at home. Memphis has won three of the last four meetings at FedEx Forum and have covered the spread in six of their last eight games overall.
Pick: Grizzlies -2.5