8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Line: Memphis by 4.0
Opponent Blog: At the Hive
Injury Report: MEM: Arthur (out for season), Randolph (knee); NOR: Ariza (groin), Gordon (knee), Henry (ankle)
In an attempt to make it four straight wins, the Grizzlies visit the struggling New Orleans Hornets tonight for the second time in five nights. After coming off an unbelievably strong win against Chicago, things are looking up for the Grizz. Expect continued success in New Orleans.
More after the jump.
The Grizzlies arguably played the best they have all season this past Monday against Chicago. In the game, Rudy Gay scored 24 points with 11-18 shooting and Marc Gasol dropped 19 points and 10 rebounds. Memphis shot 69.2 percent in the first half, and, at halftime, led 58-38.
Last Saturday, when New Orleans visited the FedExForum, the Memphis Grizzlies played more solid basketball. In the game, Rudy Gay put up 23 points and Marc Gasol had 20 points and 11 rebounds in a 108-99 victory. To even out the box, Mike Conley had 17 points and seven assists, while Marreese Speights and Tony Allen each finished with 12 points.
The issue last Saturday, however, was not the New Orleans starters, but the bench. When the reserves begun taking the court, the Grizzlies lead was threatened and the Hornets came within a basket of tying the game. Eventually, it was Rudy Gay that scored seven over a two-minute span and saved the Grizzlies from any danger.
The Hornets are coming off an 84-77 loss to Portland on Monday night: a game in which they scored their lowest point total of the season. The Hornets turned the ball over 19 times and went 0-9 from three-point range. The loss was also their sixth straight at home.
Expect New Orleans to follow the successful pattern of a fast-paced offense to hurt the Grizzlies. The losers of five-straight and ten of eleven, the Hornets are seeking to snag the win in front of the starving home crowd.
Regardless, Memphis shouldn't be too intimidated. Expect another eye-opening performance from both Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol, who have been unstoppable as of late. With the Grizzlies defense coming off the best game of the season against Chicago standing up against the damaged Hornets offense, the Grizzlies will be able to control the pace and get enough looks at the basket to let the guys do their thing. Things should flow well and points will come: though the Grizzlies must control the pace.
Final Prediction: Memphis 98, New Orleans 84
Game thread will be up and going at 8:00 PM. See you then.