Grizzlies Need This GameTheDuck
Memphis has struggled all season long, so a chance to play this team coming out of the all-star break is really great for them, they will have no choice but to treat this game as a must win in the middle of February (this actually might be a first). The Bobcats are running the floor well but still have not found that chemistry they need to push through tight games, the one thing that the Grizzlies do well is clean up around the basket, they have the ability to rebound on both sides of the floor so the Bobcats will really have to stand their ground and not get pushed around by the post players.
Memphis is still 7 games above .500 and not in a terrible spot but a loss to Charlotte at this stage could really kill their motivation. With the trade that got Prince to Memphis things have really opened up for them, he can shoot and is very fast in transition running the floor, he spreads out the defense because whatever 3 or 4 guy that has him needs to pick him up all the way out to the three point line while keeping in mind he can get to the rim pretty easy too.
For the Bobcats that will be the main factor for them, who will cover Prince for the majority of the game, if they take McRoberts that will leave all the rebounding responsibilities to Jefferson and at his age he cannot do it all on his own. I think that the Bobcats will play more zone defense to help covering Prince and the others while holding the middle down, they will double the weak side to ensure they have the help defense they need.
The Grizzlies are -6.5 in this game and the total is set at 198.5, I recommend taking Memphis on the road in this game and the under, they both have something to loos but it will hurt Memphis much more.