Memphis Grizzlies: 50-1

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We have reached the first team that could win a ring this year without fully shocking the populace: the Memphis Grizzlies.
Rest guaranteed a championship for the Grizzlies, who barely made it into the postseason last season with a record of 50-32 (the 17th reminder that the West is loaded), would be a surprise. Zach Randolph is 33, and Mike Miller, a key floor-spacing shot in last year’s underwhelming offense, followed LeBron James into the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Scoring, as always, will probably be an issue for the Grizz.
But this team is going to defend like crazy, especially with a 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 key components to get a league-best defense.
Vince Carter remains a valuable wing defender who can conduct a pick-and-roll and hit the three, and Mike Conley is a playoff-tested fighter who just keeps getting better.
And remember, we have noticed this Grizzlies core knock off the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder in playoff show over the last four decades. Nobody scares Memphis in the postseason.
When the Grizzlies can remain healthy and Gasol puts up a big year, they’re a dark-horse contender.

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