Who: Memphis Grizzlies & Houston Rockets
Where: Toyota Center in Houston, Texas
Time: 7pm CT
How to Watch/Listen: NBA League Pass or Tune into 92.9FM ESPN Memphis
Coming off impressive wins against the 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder, the Grizzlies will look to move to 4-1 in preseason play as they take on the Rockets Saturday night.
Memphis- The Grizzlies will presumably be without Tony Allen, Chandler Parsons, Brandan Wright, Deyonta Davis, and Jarell Martin once again as they will all try to get healthy before the regular season starts.
Houston- The Rockets are expected to be without big man Clint Capela and their two point-guards Pat Beverley and Pablo Prigioni.
Mike Conley vs. James Harden- With James Harden now running the point guard for the Rockets we will now get to see Conley go head-to-head with Harden on Saturday night. Conley is coming off a nice offensive outing against OKC as he put up 19 points and seven assists. Harden, on the other hand, who is trying to be a more complete player as he transitions to the one spot is coming off a 14 point, eight assist, six rebound win over the Pelicans. Whether the two actually match up against each other on defense, I don’t know, (because of the height difference) but it will still be fun to watch Harden and Conley head-to-head at the one.
What to Expect:
With both teams going through big roster changes this past summer, the new-look Grizzlies will try to match the Rockets fast pace under new head coach David Fizdale. I would expect a high scoring duel between these two Southwest Division rivals and in order for Memphis to come out with a win. I’d say they have to get to at least 100 points as they have done so in each of their three previous preseason victories. It should be noted though, with a faster pace, comes more opportunities for mistakes. So don’t be surprised to see this thing get a bit sloppy early on, as turnovers may start to stack up on each side.
The three-point shooting will also be something to keep your eye out for, as I would assume whoever wins the battle from distance, will go onto to win the game. With Dwight Howard in Atlanta now, Marc Gasol should also have a rather favorable match-up against the veteran center Nene Hilario. So look for Marc to come out aggressive early on.
The Grizzlies defense has been the biggest reason for their most recent wins against the Sixers and Thunder, though. Memphis has forced a combined 51 total turnovers in their last two games which has helped the Grizzlies to a 3-1 preseason record. The Grizzlies will look to do more of the same defensively, Saturday night in Houston, as they take on James Harden and the Rockets.