Grizzlies Vs Rockets NBA Game Preview

Dean Riley - 17 Mar 2022

On Sunday, 20 March, Western Conference contenders the Memphis Grizzlies will take on near-bottom-rankers the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center.

Ironically, especially given their current standings, Houston beat the Grizzlies 123-112 the last time the two teams met on March 6, which at the time meant the ending of a 12-game losing streak for the Rockets. Whether or not that particular game had been something of an anomaly remains a topic of hot debate, but even so, such a result will undoubtedly mean a psychological edge for the Rockets on gameday.

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All Eyes On Sengun

Whichever way the chips may fall, the Rockets have a secret weapon in Alperen Sengun. So much so, that Rockets fans are right on the money to view Sengun as a centrepiece of the future.

For a start, he’s a phenomenal passer. In fact, he slings dimes as if he born to do only that. Still, as it stands right now, he’s also predisposed to turnovers, all of which has translated into an average of 4.5 assists and 3.6 turnovers per 75 possessions.

Even without his passing lanes, Sengun remains a force to be reckoned with. At face value, he’s got a superbly effective combination of head fakes, footwork, and phenomenal finishing – a combination that will likely see him scoring down low against just about anybody.

Sengun is obviously not without his issues – few players are. But all of those can be easily managed and even mitigated with the right sort of construction on the roster.

And right now, that seems to be good enough a prospect for the Rockets.

Grizzlies Are Doing It Right

Just about the best news for the Grizzlies right now is the return of starting shooting guard Dillon Brooks to the lineup.

After 27 straight games missed due to a left ankle sprain, Memphis will be happy to welcome back one of their leading characters.

But the Grizzlies haven’t exactly skipped any major beats in the absence of Brooks, which emphasizes yet again what a phenomenal team they truly are.

Even with cornerstone player JA Morant, the Grizzlies managed 38 assists in their recent 135-102 victory over the Indiana Pacers. Notably, it had been Dillon Brooks who rose to the challenge with 10 points and 4 assists in only his second game back in the lineup.

The Grizzlies have continued to sizzle and dominate in the same way they did at the end of 2021. And with just about the easiest remaining schedule in the NBA right now, they’ve got what it takes to end the season on a high note.

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