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The Memphis Grizzlies will restart their season on July 31 against the Portland Trail Blazers as the eighth seed holding the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. For the first half of the season the Grizzlies were one of the biggest surprises in the NBA. But as the grind of the NBA scheduled wore on the Grizzlies were not able to keep pace. The Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings are each 3.5-games behind the Grizzlies as play resumes. In particular gamblers are gravitating to rookie sensation Zion Williamson and the Grizzlies to challenge Memphis.

The young Memphis Grizzlies have been one of the most overachieving teams of the season. Memphis has already finished over its season win total, and the Grizzlies are currently in position to make the playoffs. At 32-33, they would be the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs if the season was to start today. They have a lead of 3.5 games on three different teams for that playoff spot, and they are highly unlikely to move any higher than eighth place as the Dallas Mavericks are seven games ahead of the Grizzlies. Memphis has the toughest remaining schedule of any team in the NBA, so a shortened season could mean a playoff berth for the Grizzlies. They were expected to be surpassed by New Orleans, Portland, Sacramento, or San Antonio over the final month of the season, but the postponement might keep that from happening.

Memphis Grizzlies at a Glance

NBA Championship Odds: +20000

Western Conference Odds: +11000

Memphis Grizzlies Upcoming Schedule

July 31: Portland Trail Blazers

August 2: San Antonio Spurs

August 3: New Orleans Pelicans

August 5: Utah Jazz

August 7: Oklahoma City Thunder

August 9: Toronto Raptors

August 11: Boston Celtics

August 13: Milwaukee Bucks

Season Review

At the start of the season, Memphis was supposed to be one of the worst teams in the NBA. The Grizzlies were one of six teams with a win total under 30 games, yet they are one of two teams in the league to already surpass their win total. Their young players have gelled together more quickly than anyone expected, and that has helped the team hang around .500 this season.

The Grizzlies turned the corner after Christmas. Memphis was 11-20 heading into the holiday, but the young team won 13 of its next 17 games to get to .500 by the end of January. Ja Morant, Brandon Clarke, Dillon Brooks, and Jaren Jackson Jr. all seemed to turn the corner at the same time, helping the Grizzlies grow.

Morant is currently the heavy favorite per the NBA futures odds to be named Rookie of the Year. The No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft has grown as a facilitator, and his vision and ball handling has led this offense to turn a corner. He leads the team with 17.6 PPG, and he is one of the top distributors in the league with 6.9 APG. Morant has made 49.1 percent of his field goals, proving that the leap from Murray State to the NBA was a manageable one for rookie point guard.

Jackson missed the last three weeks before the postponement with a knee injury, but he should be ready to go if the season resumes. The Grizzlies’ first-round pick in 2018 has been lethal on the wing, sinking 46.8 percent of his field goals and 39.7 percent of his threes. He does tend to get in foul trouble though, as he is a shaky defender, and he is rated the third-worst defensive power forward in the NBA by Real Plus/Minus.

Clarke has been one of the best rookies in this class too. He was averaging 12.0 PPG and 5.8 RPG before he suffered a quad injury that could keep him out the remainder of the year, and his loss would be huge for a Memphis team with only a couple of big men that can bang down low.

Brooks has not been a great shooter, making just 40.2 percent of his field goals on the year. However, his biggest impact came off the court when he criticized veteran Andre Iguodala’s absence. Iguodala never played a minute for the Grizzlies after being traded to Memphis in the offseason, and it became clear that the young team used his failure to show up as extra motivation to come together.

The lone veteran on this squad is Jonas Valanciunas. Valanciunas came over in the Marc Gasol trade, and he has been a welcome addition. He is averaging 14.9 PPG and 11.2 RPG, and the center has the best PER of anyone on the roster. His ability to pull big men outside the paint is a benefit too, as his perimeter game is solid.

With the NBA season postponed until the second week of April, no one knows if there will be 82 games played. Less games would work better for Memphis as 11 of its last 17 games are slated to be against teams with winning records.

Memphis Grizzlies Seasons (2000)

2018-19 33-49 -
2017-18 22-60 -
2016-17 43-39 Lost First Round
2015-16 42-40 Lost First Round
2014-15 55-27 Lost Second Round
2013-14 50-32 Lost First Round
2012-13 56-26 Lost Western Conference Finals
2011-12 41-25 Lost First Round
2010-11 46-36 Lost Second Round
2009-10 40-42 -
2008-09 24-58 -
2007-08 22-60 -
2006-07 22-60 -
2005-06 49-33 Lost First Round
2004-05 45-37 Lost First Round
2003-04 50-32 Lost First Round
2002-03 28-54 -
2001-02 23-59 -
2000-01 23-59 -
1999-00 22-60 -
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