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Memphis Grizzlies vs. Atlanta Hawks Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

FinishedTV: BSNPhilips Arena Atlanta

557Memphis Grizzlies
558Atlanta Hawks

OP
230
-3
CU
229.5o -110
1 -110
ML
-118
-102
Partials
1 2 3 4
29 38 43 21
34 30 23 26
Score
131
113
Recap

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Memphis vs. Atlanta Recap APR 7TH 2021

The Atlanta Hawks continued their hot play on offense Wednesday, with John Collins, Trae Young and Alex Len combining for 69 points in a 132-111 win over the visiting Memphis Grizzlies.

The Hawks entered the game as the NBA's top offensive team since the All-Star Game, averaging 122.5 points, and they topped the 120-point mark for the seventh time in the past 11 games. Atlanta has won two straight.

Collins finished with 27 points on 11-for-17 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 28th double-double of the season. Young scored 22 points and had eight rebounds. Len came off the bench to add 20 points and eight rebounds.

Kevin Huerter scored 16, making four 3-pointers, Taurean Prince had 15 and Vince Carter scored 10 for the Hawks.

The Grizzlies were led by CJ Miles, who came off the bench to shoot 8 of 12 on 3-point attempts and score a season-high 33 points. Mike Conley added 20 points and seven assists, and Joakim Noah had 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists. Memphis had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Atlanta had one of its best first halves of the season. The Hawks scored the first seven points of the game, never trailed and shot 52.7 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range to take a 72-60 lead at the break.

It was Atlanta's second-highest scoring first half of the season, trailing only the 74 the Hawks scored against Miami in November. Five Atlanta players scored in double figures in the first half.

Atlanta led by as many as 23 points in the third quarter before Memphis trimmed the margin to 15. The Hawks answered with a Carter fadeaway shot and a Carter 3-pointer followed by a Len dunk for a 97-75 lead. The Hawks were on top 110-90 at the end of three quarters.

The teams split their two games this season. Memphis won at Atlanta in October, when Collins was sidelined because of an ankle injury.

--Field Level Media

 

The Atlanta Hawks are a hot team in search of their 14th victory in 18 games under interim coach Nate McMillan and will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

The streak includes wins in the past four games and an NBA record-setting performance in which Atlanta was hotter than lava while making all 11 of its 3-point attempts in the third quarter of Tuesday's 123-107 triumph over the visiting New Orleans Pelicans.

McMillan didn't even realize what was occurring when the long-range shots kept slithering through the net. He was so disappointed in the team's first-half defensive effort that he had no idea that there were zero single 3-point attempts missed during the Hawks' 46-point third quarter.

"I didn't know we hit 11 3s and set a record until after the game," McMillan said. "My focus was on just getting more aggressive around the ball defensively.

"We have shooters who can knock down some shots. It was pretty obvious in the third quarter. We got open looks and we moved the ball and those are shots the guys practice every day. We preach ball movement."

Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kevin Huerter and Trae Young knocked down three apiece in the record-breaking stanza. Solomon Hill and Lou Williams each made one.

Young was impressed by the barrage that turned a tie game at the half into a 17-point Atlanta lead.

"That's coming out just playing hard, getting shots from all around, especially on the first night of a back-to-back," Young said. "Hopefully we can continue to do it. ... I am glad we got some 3s down."

Young paced the Hawks with 30 points and 12 assists while Bogdanovic scored 21 points to top 20 for the fourth time in the past five games.

Atlanta was 20 of 31 overall from behind the arc. Young made 6 of 7 attempts and Bogandovic made 5 of 8.

The Hawks were just 13 of 36 from 3-point range when they beat host Memphis 122-112 on Dec. 26. Young recorded 36 points and nine assists, while Ja Morant had 28 points and seven assists for the Grizzlies.

Memphis has won its past three games after registering a solid 124-112 road win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday.

The Grizzlies didn't set any records in their third quarter but Dillon Brooks came close while exploding for 23 of his 28 points in the stanza.

Brooks' output is the second-highest for a quarter in franchise history behind the 26 Jaren Jackson Jr. scored in the third quarter of a 127-114 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 13, 2019.

"I just get to my zone and I take on the challenge," Brooks said. "And I'm amped to play anybody in this league. Thanks to my teammates for sharing me the ball and giving me confidence."

Brooks was 8 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 5 from behind the arc, during his quarter-long splurge.

"Hell of a quarter by D.B. That was fun to watch," Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said. "I thought his teammates got him in the right spots. He had a great aggressive mentality. Got going early in the quarter from the 3-point line and finished the quarter getting downhill with some big-time finishes."

Jonas Valanciunas added 20 points and 10 rebounds and Kyle Anderson contributed 19 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Morant tweaked his back during the contest and had an off-night with 10 points and four assists. He also committed seven turnovers.

Brandon Clarke (calf) and De'Anthony Melton (leg) sat out Tuesday for the Grizzlies. Atlanta's John Collins (ankle) will miss his fifth straight game while De'Andre Hunter (knee soreness) underwent a nonsurgical procedure on Monday and won't return until next week at the earliest.

--Field Level Media

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Last Meetings

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Eastern Conference

NBA AtlanticWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Philadelphia 76ers3918.684 22-617-12113.4108.4L17-0-3
Brooklyn Nets3919.672 23-716-12119.1114.4L16-0-4
New York Knicks3227.542 19-1013-17106.2104.3L28-0-2
Boston Celtics3127.534 18-1113-16112.4110.4L18-0-2
Toronto Raptors2434.414 14-1510-19112.0111.3L26-0-4
NBA CentralWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Milwaukee Bucks3522.614 18-1017-12119.3113.2L25-0-5
Indiana Pacers2631.456 9-1717-14113.5114.4L35-0-5
Chicago Bulls2433.421 11-1813-15112.0113.2L55-0-5
Cleveland Cavaliers2037.351 11-169-21103.8111.0L33-0-7
Detroit Pistons1840.310 11-167-24107.6111.3L14-0-6

Western Conference

NBA NorthwestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Utah Jazz4315.741 26-317-12116.9107.7L16-0-4
Denver Nuggets3720.649 20-1017-10115.7110.3L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3224.571 16-1216-12114.3114.7L14-0-6
Oklahoma City Thunder2038.345 9-2011-18105.3114.3L111-0-10
Minnesota Timberwolves1543.259 10-195-24110.2118.1L13-0-7
NBA PacificWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Phoenix Suns4116.719 23-918-7114.7108.2L18-0-2
Los Angeles Clippers4019.678 23-817-11115.0108.1L18-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3523.603 17-1318-10109.9106.1L15-0-5
Golden State Warriors2929.500 17-1012-19112.9113.3L16-0-4
Sacramento Kings2334.404 12-1611-18114.3118.6L91-0-9

Eastern Conference

NBA SoutheastWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Atlanta Hawks3226.552 16-1116-15113.4111.2L18-0-2
Miami Heat3028.517 17-1313-15106.5107.4L36-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2829.491 14-1214-17110.0111.4L14-0-6
Washington Wizards2433.421 13-1611-17114.0118.1L17-0-3
Orlando Magic1840.310 10-208-20104.2112.0L31-0-9

Western Conference

NBA SouthwestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Dallas Mavericks3026.536 13-1417-12111.3110.0L25-0-5
Memphis Grizzlies2927.518 13-1616-11113.8112.2L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2828.500 12-1816-10110.6111.1L24-0-6
New Orleans Pelicans2533.431 16-159-18114.7115.4L44-0-6
Houston Rockets1543.259 7-218-22107.9114.9L12-0-8

Last Injuries

Atlanta Hawks

  • Dewayne Dedmon

    Illness
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Dedmon is going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, and it is uncertain if he will be available for Wednesday's clash with the Spurs.

  • Tony Snell

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | out

    Snell is sidelined with a right ankle sprain, and he will miss an extended period.

  • John Collins

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Collins exited the last contest with a left ankle sprain, but it is projected that he will suit up against the Pacers on Sunday.

  • Cam Reddish

    Achilles
    Early May | out

    Reddish has been held out of the lineup with a right Achilles injury, and he is unlikely to return until the beginning of May.

  • Kris Dunn

    Ankle
    Late April | out

    Dunn is recovering from surgery to remove loose cartilage in his right ankle, and he is not expected to return until the end of April.

  • Trae Young

    Calf
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Young has been held out of the last two games with a left calf contusion, and it is unknown if he will take on the Bucks on Thursday.

  • Rajon Rondo

    Hip
    Prob Sun | probable

    Rondo missed the previous game with a sore right adductor, but it is anticipated that he will be available Sunday versus the Pistons.

  • Armoni Brooks

    Illness
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Brooks has missed the last two contests while going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Clippers on Friday.

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Jonas Valanciunas

    Concussion
    Out Wed | out

    Valanciunas missed the previous game while going through the league's concussion protocol, and he will not suit up Wednesday against the Clippers.

  • Dillon Brooks

    Thigh
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Brooks has missed the previous game with left thigh soreness, and it is unclear if he will take the court versus the Clippers on Wednesday.

  • Justise Winslow

    Quadricep
    Prob Mon | probable

    Winslow has been sidelined with a sore right quad, but he is expected to return to the court against the Nuggets on Monday.

  • Brandon Clarke

    Hip
    Prob Mon | probable

    Clarke has sat out the last two games with a hip injury, but it is projected that he will take the court Monday versus the Nuggets.

  • Gorgui Dieng

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | out

    Dieng is sidelined with a right shoulder sprain, and it is unknown when he will return to the lineup.

  • Jontay Porter

    Knee
    Prob Wed | probable

    Porter has missed the last three games with knee soreness, but it is likely that he will be in the lineup Wednesday against the Mavericks.

  • Brandon Clarke

    Calf
    Prob Fri | probable

    Clarke missed the previous two contests with left calf soreness, but he is projected to dress for Friday's showdown with the Knicks.

  • Ja Morant

    Back
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Morant exited the last contest with a back injury, and it is unknown if he will be available for Wednesday's clash with the Hawks.