Team-Based Grizzlies Meet Star-Studded Rockets on the Court

The Memphis Grizzlies have never really taken the Western Conference by storm; yet they’re a perennial contender as capable of qualifying for the conference championship as any other team on the left-hand side of the map. This season, with the West in transition, they’ll have to prove they can hang with the best. Can they do so with a big win against the Houston Rockets on Friday? It’s one thing for a team like the Grizz to slowly and gradually trot along, sneaking into the postseason and exiting without leaving much of an impact. It’s something else entirely to be able to push forth as a legitimate title contender. Not surprisingly, the Grizzlies have a relatively modest 50/1 odds of winning the NBA championship while home run hitters like the Oklahoma City Thunder (6/1), Los Angeles Clippers (12/1) and even Rockets (16/1) sit much higher up on the list. Can Memphis’ team approach prevail against star-studded opponents like Dwight Howard and James Harden? The Rockets squad that Daryl Morey has assembled is a genuine contender with the potential to unseat any team they line up against in a seven-game series. The Rockets may not attain the level of consistency that Memphis has, but they’re a prolific team that could make at least one legitimate push for a championship. Gauge both types of contender when they tip-off this week.