The Grizzlies are coming off two very similar performances, one of which resulted in a win, and the other, in an all too familiar loss. This morning, the boys in blue are in Mo-Town as they'll try to pick up a much needed victory over the Pistons. In the first matchup on the year, Memphis needed overtime to take down Detroit at home. How will the Grizzlies fair this time against Andre Drummond and company?
Matchup to Watch
Brandon Jennings is so hot right now. A volume scorer who never saw a shot he didn't like, Jennings has the capacity to shoot his team in and out of ball games. Mike Conley has played at an All-Star level for the majority of the year. If Memphis is to win this game, they'll need him to do a good job covering Jennings, as well as facilitating the offense while also getting his own. A stat line similar to the one he posted against Denver should bode well for the Grizzlies.
Home and Road Splits
After dropping the first three road games on the year, Memphis is 7-4 away from home. The Pistons meanwhile, are a mere 6-11 playing games at the Palace. Memphis hopes both of these trends continue today, as they look to win their ninth straight game in Detroit, and pick up a much needed victory before heading home to face the mighty Spurs again.
Both of these teams have disappointed this year, each finding different ways to do so. Memphis has been riddled with injuries, while Detroit has struggled with chemistry issues and shoddy defense. For the Grizzlies to win this morning, they'll need to take advantage of a team that allows an average of over 102 points per game. If they can get big performances out of Mike Conley and Zach Randolph, while also finding a bench player or two to contribute to the scoring effort, this one should fall nicely into their laps. But if they struggle to score again, while letting Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe punish them inside, it will be a long, cold flight back to the bluff.