Game #3 Preview: Grizzlies at Mavericks

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Memphis will look to climb above .500 tonight as they take on the Mavericks in Dallas. Will it be the gritty defense of the Grizzlies or the high octane offense of Dallas that prevails?

2013/2014 NBA Season
1-1 (0-1 road)
Won 1
1-1 (1-0 road)
Lost 1
November 2nd, 2013
American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX
7:30 PM CDT
Fox SportsSouth/ 92.9 FM ESPN
Possible Starters
Mike Conley PG Jose Calderon
Tony Allen SG Monta Ellis
Tayshaun Prince SF Shawn Marion
Zach Randolph PF Dirk Nowitzski
Marc Gasol C Samuel Dalembert
2012/13 Advanced Stats
91.1 (29th) Pace 96.2 (8th)
101.7 (18th) OEff 103.6 (T-11th)
97.4 (2nd) DEff 104.0 (20th)

Tonight, the Grizzlies look to get above .500 for the first time on the season as they take on the Mavericks in Dallas. Memphis is coming off an overtime victory over Detroit, while Dallas suffered it’s first loss of the season at the hands of the new look Rockets.

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Keys to Victory Guard the Line:

Dallas is filled with people who can shoot really, really well. From Jose Calderon to our old buddy Make it Wayne Ellington, not to mention the always dangerous Dirk Nowitzki, Memphis will need to do a good job running guys off the line and not trying to match 3’s with 2’s. Dallas shot 38% last night, despite scoring over 100 points. I look for them to shoot better than that tonight.

The Ball is Your Friend:

Memphis cannot commit 20 turnovers tonight if it wants to win on the road, pure and simple. Adapting to a new system is one thing, but lazy passes and lobs that are just asking to get picked off will lead to an ugly loss.

Match-Ups to Watch:

Grizzly Bigs vs. Dallas Bigs- On paper, this is a matchup that the Grizzlies shouldn’t just win, they should dominate. Samuel Dalembert is long and can alter shots, but he shouldn’t be able to stop Marc Gasol, and if Dirk is trying to guard ZBo, then tonight we should feed the big fella early and often. Dirk Vs- In the preseason matchup, it didn’t matter who the Grizzlies stuck on Dirk, he simply went to work. Zach Randolph, Ed Davis, and Jon Leuer will probably all spend time tonight trying to keep the future hall of famer from taking over. Don’t bite on the fake, don’t help off him to double team someone else, and don’t let him get you with that stank leg.

After a back and forth preseason, and two largely unimpressive regular season games, I’m honestly not sure which Grizzlies team will show up. Last year, they were always very sluggish in back to backs, and I’m not sure how they will respond to the quicker pace on those second nights this year. Combine that with Dallas’ high octane offense, and this one could mean another one in the loss column for our beloved Grizzlies. Dallas 106 Memphis 88.

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