NBA – WED 3/13 | 7:30 PM EDT | STATE FARM ARENA
The Memphis Grizzlies won their third straight game for the first time since a five-game run from November 14-21 as they rallied to down Orlando. Memphis enters this contest 13th in the Western Conference, 10 games behind the Jazz for the final playoff spot. Memphis led by nine after the opening quarter, by one at the half and by three after three quarters. Memphis saw Orlando rally and trailed by seven with 3:06 to play but closed the game on a 17-2 run to pick up the win. The Grizzlies shot 41.5 percent from the field, including nine of 31 from three-point range, and drained 28 of 31 free throws in the victory. Mike Conley led the Memphis with 26 points, 14 of which came in the final quarter, and eight assists in the win.
The Atlanta Hawks snapped a three-game skid as they knocked off New Orleans at home in their last contest. Atlanta enter this one 12th in the Eastern Conference, nine games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot. The Hawks trailed by seven after the opening quarter and by one at the half before outscoring the Pelicans 29-20 in the third quarter. Atlanta didn’t see their lead drop below four in the final quarter as they got the win. Hawks shot 49 percent from the field, including 17 of 37 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 56-42. Kevin Huerter led the Atlanta with 27 points in the win.
The Over has hit in five of Atlanta’s last seven games, and in the Hawks’ last 10 games, the total has been under 221 only once. The Over has hit in 38 of Atlanta’s 68 games this season, including 18 of 33 at home. Memphis is on a three-game winning streak, averaging 113 points in those games. And in the teams’ only meeting this season, they combined for 248 points, a 131-117 Memphis win.