Indiana Pacers at Memphis Grizzlies - Game 40 Preview

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Indiana Pacers come to Memphis for the 40th game of the season.

Overview

Records: Indiana Pacers (25-16) at Memphis Grizzlies (26-13)

12:00 PM Central Standard Time

FedExForum, Memphis, TN

Line: Memphis by -6; O/U: 172

Opponents Blog: Indy Cornrows

Injury Report: IND: Mahinmi DTD, Green DTD, Granger OUT; MEM: Randolph DTD

Grizzlies Tickets

Offensive Woes - Defensive Juggernauts

The Pacers (allowing 89.3 points per game) and the Grizzlies (89.6 points per game) are the top two defensive teams in the NBA. Today's sold-out afternoon game is poised to be a defensive battle with the over-under betting line set at only 172 points.

The Pacers are looking to win their third straight game and sweep the Grizzlies for the first time since the 2006-07 season when they beat the Grizzlies last month. In last month's matchup, neither team was able to score 90 points.

A win today is highly dependent on the degree to which Zach Randolph decides to show up. After scoring 13 points and snagging 19 rebounds against the Bulls, the Grizzlies stole away a win from Chicago when, in all honesty, we didn't deserve it. Randolph missed one game with a strained back.

Last-Minute Tidbits

  • Memphis has held the last two opponents to fewer than 80 points, winning 85-69 over Sacramento on Friday and 85-82 in overtime at Chicago this past Saturday.
  • Memphis has averaged 105.8 points in its previous five against the Pacers before losing on December 31.
  • Indiana has won 15 of the last 20.
  • Rudy Gay, excluding the Dec. 31 matchup against Indiana, has averaged 27.3 points on 53.7% shooting in his past three against Indiana.
  • Pacers have shot 20 for 41 from beyond the arc in their past two games. They went 12-25 on 3s, despite shooting 40 percent overall in their first meeting this season with the Grizzlies.
  • In the past two games, Memphis has held their opponents to 5 of 24 from beyond the arc.

Final Prediction

The game's gonna be pretty ugly, yet somehow the Forum sold out all the tickets to today's MLK matchup. The game may not be the most entertaining game of the season, but it's a good chance to see solid defensive basketball. Look to the Memphis crowd to win this one for the Grizzlies.

Indiana 85, Memphis 92

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