Atlanta Hawks vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 10/11/14 NBA Preseason Pick, Odds, Prediction
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Atlanta Hawks
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The Atlanta Hawks and Memphis Grizzlies will play Saturday night preseason ball at the FedExForum.
The Atlanta Hawks won their first preseason game over the New Orleans Pelicans and displayed excellent ball movement. The Hawks had 24 assists on 31 made baskets and were led by 13 points from John Jenkins. Jeff Teague, Mike Scott and Mike Muscala were the other Atlanta players who scored in the double figures, as it was a complete team victory. Even rookie Adreian Payne, who has a chance to be an immediate contributor for the Hawks, grabbed seven rebounds in 20 minutes of work. The one thing the Atlanta Hawks have to work on, like many teams early in the preseason, is their 23 turnovers. Dennis Schroder had six turnovers in 25 minutes and will certainly have to clean his game up if he hopes to see more playing time. Al Horford has yet to return to the court for Atlanta.
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The Memphis Grizzlies have lost both of their preseason games and continue to struggle on the offensive end. The Grizzlies have scored 93 or less points in both games and have shot no better than 41 percent from the field. The Grizzlies have also turned the ball over a combined 36 times in the first two games. Besides Vince Carter, everybody for Memphis has earned playing time and there’s now an extra spot available with Michael Beasley accepting a deal to play in China. In the last game, rookie Jarnell Stokes scored 12 points and snagged five rebounds, as he has a chance to be a real steal for the Grizzlies. Along with Jordan Adams, they were the only two Memphis players with double-digit points. The Grizzlies have to find a spark offensively heading into the season if they hope to be a better team than what they’ve been in the past. Kalin Lucas is 5-9 from the field in the first two games.
The Memphis Grizzlies have to win a preseason game at some point, right? No better time than now against a Hawks team that's turning the ball over like hot cakes.