[7:10 PM] Grizzlies @ Hornets

Who will WIN this matchup?

Memphis Grizzlies (8-5)

@ Charlotte Hornets (8-4)


The line for this game is Charlotte by 5.5 points.

The Memphis Grizzlies are rediscovering their identity on the defensive end, which is leading them back into the win column. The Grizzlies will try to hold a third straight opponent under 75 points when they visit the Charlotte Hornets on Monday.

David Fizdale was brought in as head coach to spark the offense but is guiding Memphis to wins by leaning on the defensive end. Allen missed four games with a groin injury before returning for the last two and is leading the perimeter defense despite being eased back into the rotation.

The positive from Saturday’s loss was the play off the bench of shooting guard Marco Belinelli, who went 7-of-9 from 3-point range en route to 22 points and added 10 rebounds and five assists. The veteran sharpshooter was brought in over the summer to extend the offense and is finding his groove by going 13-of-19 from beyond the arc in the last four contests. Small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (10 points, 13 rebounds) picked up a double-double in the loss as well – his second in four games since returning from a back injury.

Hornets PF Marvin Williams is shooting 26.2 percent from the field in the last five games.

Grizzlies PF JaMychal Green scored 19 points on Saturday, snapping a string of seven straight games scoring in single digits.

Charlotte took both meetings last season, including a 123-99 drubbing in Memphis on Dec. 11, 2015.


StreakSmarts Pick: Charlotte Hornets

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick