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Game Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Philadelphia 76ers

After picking up a victory in double overtime just a night ago, the Grizzlies will be dog tired as they turn around and play on the road not even twenty-four hours later. The good news is that the SEGABABA is against the 76ers.

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2014/15 NBA Season
18-4 (7-3 road)
2-20 (0-11 home)
December 13, 2014
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
6:30 PM CDT
Fox SportSouth / 92.9 FM ESPN
Possible Starters
Mike Conley PG Michael Carter-Williams
Courtney Lee SG Hollis Thompson
Tony Allen SF Luc Mbah a Moute
Zach Randolph PF Robert Covington
Marc Gasol C Nerlens Noel
2014/15 Advanced Stats
94.1 (27th) Pace 99.3 (3rd)
106.9 (7th) OEff 90.8 (30th)
99.7 (5th) DEff 102.8 (12th)
50.1 (15th) RebR 47.0 (29th)

SB Nation Blog: Liberty Ballers

Injury Report

Memphis: None

Philadelphia: Tony Wroten - Probable (Knee); Jason Richardson - Out (Knee, Foot); Joel Embiid - Out (Back)

Recently for the 76ers

Philadelphia is by far the least talented, and most likely the worst team, in the NBA this season, but they found a way to pick up their only two wins of the season thus far in the last week and a half against the Minnesota Timberwolves and Detroit Pistons. Those two wins don't change what this 76ers team is going to do all season though, which is lose, and lose badly. Just a night ago, the 76ers were dismantled by the Brooklyn Nets. With no string of wins in sight, fans will have to continue to look for silver linings.

Recently for the Grizzlies

After dropping two games in a row for the first time all season last week against the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets, the Grizzlies have bounced back strong this week with three wins already over the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and Charlotte Hornets. Against the Hornets last night, Memphis encountered its first overtime game all season, eventually pulling out the win in double overtime.

Three Things to Watch for

1) Will the Grizzlies play down to their competition? - Despite having the worst record in the NBA, the 76ers have a knack for forcing opposing squads to play ugly basketball. They've played close contests against some of the best teams in the league, including the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, and San Antonio Spurs. Memphis is a team that has been known to play down to its competition at times in the past, but on paper the Grizzlies squad should completely manhandle the 76ers. Will the game be dictated by the Grizzlies or 76ers? The answer to that question could mean the difference between a five point game and a twenty-five point game.

2) Tired legs - I mentioned this previously, but the Grizzlies are coming off of their first overtime game of the season a mere night ago. Marc Gasol played thirty-six minutes, Zach Randolph played forty-two minutes, and Tony Allen played an unbelievable forty-six minutes. Joerger switching between Courtney Lee and Quincy Pondexter frequently near the end of the game was odd, but it saved Lee's legs a bit, which is certainly a good thing. This might be a game where someone else gets the start in place of Tony Allen, and that someone will likely be Tayshaun Prince.

3) Mismatch down low - The 76ers are a terrible rebounding team. The Grizzlies aren't the greatest rebounding team, but with nobody on Philly's roster who can defend either Gasol or Randolph on a consistent basis, the Grizzlies getting the ball inside the painted area could spell trouble for the 76ers.