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The Memphis Grizzlies and the Philadelphia 76ers meet in a matchup between two of the toughest teams in their respective conference. The Memphis Grizzlies rank second in the Western Conference with a 35-22 overall record and a less-than-impressive 11-17 record. The Philadelphia 76ers are third in the East, with a 38-19 overall record and a 23-8 home record.
This will be the second time that the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers meet this season. The last time that the Grizzlies and Sixers faced off, Memphis came out the winner of a 109-117 affair. This time out, the Philadelphia 76ers will have a home-court advantage in their last regular season meeting this year.
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|Memphis Grizzlies||Head-to-Head||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Taylor Jenkins||Head Coach||Doc Rivers|
|35-22 (2nd in West)||Standing||38-19 (3rd in East)|
|113.9 (18th of 30)||Off Rtg||116.4 (8th of 30)|
|110.1 (2nd of 30)||Def Rtg||112.4 (6th of 30)|
|101.6 (3rd of 30)||Pace||97.4 (26th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Morant (27.3)||PPG||J. Embiid (33.1)|
|S. Adams (11.5)||RPG||J. Embiid (10.2)|
|J. Morant (8.3)||APG||J. Harden (10.8)|
|J. Jackson (1.1)||SPG||D. Melton (1.7)|
|J. Jackson Jr. (3.3)||BPG||J. Embiid (1.5)|
|B. Clarke (.664)/J. Morant (9.7)||FG%/FGM||M. Harrell (.605)/J. Embiid (11.0)|
|D. Bane (.427)/D. Bane (3.0)||3P%/3PM||G. Niang (.409)/J. Harden (2.8)|
|Steven Adams||Memphis Grizzlies||24 Jan 2023||Out (Knee)||Adams will be sidelined for at least five weeks after suffering a PCL sprain in his right knee.|
|Furkan Korkmaz||Philadelphia 76ers||16 Feb 2023||Day to Day (Personal)||Korkmaz did not play in Philadelphia's Wednesday (Feb. 15) game.|
Kicking off the NBA's return from the All-Star break is a massive matchup between the Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans! Sitting third in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers have been on a tear by going 7-3 over their last 10 games before the break. The Memphis Grizzlies remain second in the Western Conference, despite struggling since losing Steven Adams to injury.
The Memphis Grizzlies have been a strong two-way team, averaging 119.1 points per game (9th in the NBA) while allowing just 112.2 from their opponents (8th in the NBA) on 44.9% from the field (1st in the NBA). Unfortunately for the Grizzlies they've been mostly outplayed through their last 10 games, allowing 111.5 points per game on 46.5% from the field while getting out-rebounded 41.9 to 45.0. The Philadelphia 76ers find success through their defence, allowing just 110.5 points per game on 47.2% from the field (13th in the NBA) and 34.4% from three (2nd in the NBA). Over their last 10 games the Sixers have been locked in, allowing just 109.3 points on just 47.1% from the field and 34.2% from three.
We're taking the Sixers in this matchup, even though they're not the most potent offensive team. Memphis have struggled greatly with Steven Adams unavailable to patrol the paint and the glass, which should allow Joel Embiid to feast on the offensive end. Expect Philadelphia to find victory, with their three-point defence and interior game leading them.
The Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers are two teams that have very capable offenses, but they also tout some of the best defenses in the NBA. The Memphis Grizzlies average a combined points total of 228.3 on a plus-3.9 points differential. The Philadelphia 76ers average a combined points total of 224.9 on a plus-3.9 points differential.
Over their last 10 games since the All-Star break, the Grizzlies averaged a combined points total of 223.3 on a plus-0.3 differential - as they've struggled to close out the first half of the season. Through the Sixers' 7-3 run before the All-Star break, they averaged a combined points total of 222.7 on a plus-4.1 differential. Both teams have been less engaged on the offensive end in recent matches.
We're taking the under in this matchup between two teams with solid defensive units. The numbers could push up with Steven Adams unavailable to check Joel Embiid, but his inclusion didn't project to limit the Cameroonian All-Star in any significant way. Expect these two teams to fall short of 228.5 in what'll be a hard-fought, defensive affair.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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