Grizzlies' Record Without Ja Morant This Season Is Insane

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The Memphis Grizzlies have the second best record in the entire NBA. They’ve transformed themselves from a young, fun and upstart team to a legitimate title contender. Point guard Ja Morant has driven the bus for them, but the greatness in the Grizzlies shines most when Morant is off the court. 

Morant sat out of the Grizzlies' game last night's win against the Brooklyn Nets with knee soreness. Morant will sit out of tonight's game against the Pacers as well, but Memphis shouldn't be worried at all.

Memphis has played 17 games this season without Morant. In those games, they are an astounding 15-2. If we played this out over an entire season, Memphis would finish with 72 wins. As much as we consider the Suns and the Warriors well-oiled machines, the Grizzlies are right there with them. 

When Morant is out of the lineup, the Grizzlies have an offensive rating of 118, a defensive rating of 100.4 and a net rating of 17.6 – all of which would be first in the league. On the season, Memphis is fifth in offensive rating, seventh in defensive rating and fifth in net rating. Ja Morant is a star and makes the Grizzlies a great team. The depth makes them a serious Finals contender. 

WynnBET currently has the Grizzlies with +2000 odds to win the Finals. That puts them fourth in the West and ninth overall. I don’t necessarily agree with how low their odds are, but I will gladly take the value and treat them as my dark horse pick.

The Grizzlies have shown the foundation for a great team is set. As crazy as it sounds, Morant’s greatness is the cherry on top. When Morant is healthy, Memphis could be the last team standing.