Memphis Grizzlies: 50-1

We’ve reached the first team that could win a ring this season without fully shocking the populace: the Memphis Grizzlies.
Rest guaranteed a championship for the Grizzlies, who barely made it to the postseason last season with a list of 50-32 (the 17th reminder that the West is loaded), would be a surprise. Zach Randolph is 33, and Mike Miller, a crucial floor-spacing shot in the past year’s underwhelming crime, followed LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Scoring, as always, will be a problem for the Grizz.
However, this team is going to defend like mad, particularly with some slimmed-down Marc Gasol patrolling the midst ahead of his 2015 free agency. Toss in Tony Allen, the NBA’s scariest perimeter stopper, and you’ve got the crucial components to get a league-best defense.
Vince Carter remains a precious wing defender who will conduct a pick-and-roll and hit the occasional three, and Mike Conley is a playoff-tested fighter who just keeps getting better.
And keep in mind, we’ve seen this Grizzlies core knock off the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder in playoff show within the last four decades. Nobody scares Memphis in the postseason.
When the Grizzlies can remain healthier and Gasol puts up a big year, they are a dark-horse contender.

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