Grizzlies Schedule Preview: April

USA TODAY Sports

GBB writers will take a look at the Grizzlies 13-14 schedule by peering into each month of the season.

April schedule highlights:

  • 4 home/4 away
  • 1 back-to-back
  • 4 vs '12-'13 playoff teams
  • Prediction: 8-0
  • Just joking
  • Revised Prediction: 6-2

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

1

2

@ MIN


7:00 PM

3

4

vs DEN


6:00 PM


5

6

@ SAS


6:00 PM


7

8

9

vs MIA


7:00 PM


10

11

vs PHI


7:00 PM

12

13

@ LAL


8:30 PM


14

@ PHX


9:00 PM

15

16

vs DAL


7:00 PM

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

Hopefully by April, the Grizzlies will be comfortably locked into a top 3 seed in the West. More than likely, that will not be the case.

The top heavy Western Conference promises to be a dog fight, but with games against likely tankers Philadelphia and Phoenix; possible tanker Los Angeles, and only one back-to-back, the end of the schedule is less than a murderer's row.

Obviously, games against both the Spurs and Heat (on NBA TV and ESPN respectively) highlight the schedule. I expect the Heat to have a bit more competition for the 1 seed this year in the East, so this game could be a barnburner.

The two games against Denver and Minnesota are interesting to me, mostly because how competitive these teams are will be decided months earlier. Denver won 57 games last year, flamed out in the 1st round of the playoffs, lost Andre Igoudala, Corey Brewer, Kosta Koufos, and Danilo Galinari (for about half the season). Will the Nuggets be in tank mode? Will they be fighting for the 7th or 8th seed in the playoffs?

If healthy, Minnesota should be considered a front-runner for one of that last two playoff spots in the West. While their defense will be less than stellar, a full season of Rubio/Love pick and rolls is scary.

On balance, this is a pretty favorable way to wind down the season.

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