Records: Grizzlies (28-15) at Sixers (18-25)
7:00 PM EST
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Line: Memphis -2.0, O/U: 178.0
Lets be honest: Philadelphia has been Jrue Holiday's town. With offseason acquisition Andrew Bynum remaining sidelined because of bilateral bone bruises and weakened cartilage in his knees, Holiday has stepped up his game and become the 76er's youngest All-Star ever at a young 22 years old.
|2012 - Jrue Holiday||19.4||4.2||9.0|
His 9.0 assists per game ranks him fourth in the league. On Saturday, when the Sixers beat New York, he scored a career-high 35 points in the 97-80 win. The win was Philadelphia's third win in 11 games and was the opener of an eight-game homestand for the Sixers.
In the game, Philly opened the third quarter with a 14-4 run and ended up with a 26-point lead heading into the fourth. New York did not come within 18 points in the fourth and trailed by as many as 27.
The Sixers fourth quarter production scares me a bit here, seeing as the Grizzlies have the worst fourth-quarter production in the NBA with 21.6 points per game.
The Grizzlies and Sixers matched up in Memphis on December 26, 2012 - the Grizzlies were without Rudy Gay. Zach Randolph led the Grizzlies with 23 points in his 99-89 loss as the Sixers outshot Memphis 52.1% to 38.9%. The Sixers were forced to commit 17 turnovers.
Memphis had won four of five, but Rudy Gay struggled again on Sunday in our 91-83 loss to the (Pelicans) Hornets. Gay had 10 points on 3-of-17 shooting, including 1 for 7 from beyond the arc. The Grizzlies shot a dismal 36.4 percent overall.
- Gay is averaging 12.6 over his last five contests. He's gone 24 of 82 from the field.
- Point guard Mike Conley is day-to-day after he turned his ankle last Sunday, but Coach Hollins said he expects him to play tonight. This decision is huge, as Conley and/or Allen will be expected to guard Holiday.
- Zach Randolph has been on fire lately, putting up 20 points and 13 rebounds last game for his 28th double-double.
- Philadelphia is 8-19 since winning 10 of their first 16. They sit ninth in the Eastern Conference standings.
- Philadelphia's offense ranks near the bottom of the NBA at 93.3 points per game. In response, they've been playing Spencer Hawes and Nick Young as starters. Young responded with his second straight 20 point game while Hawes had only 4 points after scoring 21 against Milwaukee.
I have a good feeling about Rudy Gay - I'm expecting him to put up 18 points. Keep an eye on the Holiday-(Allen+Conley) matchup, it's poised to be an entertaining one.