6* Friday NBA WAS/MEM
Washington vs. Memphis,
02/01/2013 20:00 EDT,
Score: 76 - 85
Point Spread: +7/-110 Washington
The Memphis Grizzlies host the Washington Wizards on Friday. Memphis is coming off a 106-89 loss to Oklahoma City, while Washington dropped their last game to Philadelphia, 92-84.
The return of John Wall has provided the Wizards with a major boost. The team was just 5-28 without Wall in the lineup, but has gone 6-5 since he’s returned. More important for our purposes, the team is 9-2 ATS in those 11 games.
As Wall’s minutes have increased, so has his production. He is averaging 14.3 points and 6.0 assists since returning to the starting lineup.
There was a time early in the season when Memphis was fighting for the top spot in the Western Conference, but times have changed since then. The Grizzlies are just 5-5 at home in their last 10.
Memphis is still reeling from the blockbuster trade that saw franchise cornerstone Rudy Gay leave town, and it will take some time for the new pieces to get acclimated in Memphis.
The team’s management did themselves a disservice by making the trade the day before a road date with Oklahoma City, as a 17-point loss won’t serve to boost the team’s support of the deal.
The Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games. Take Washington.
6* Play on Washington Wizards +7. Good Luck, Razor Ray.