Who: Memphis Grizzlies (4-4, 0-2 road) at Milwaukee Bucks (4-4, 2-3 home)
When: 7:30 PM CT
Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee
How to watch/listen: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Allen (out, groin), Brandan Wright (out, ankle), Chandler Parsons (questionable, knee)
Milwaukee Bucks: Khris Middleton (out, hamstring)
Memphis Grizzlies: Mike Conley, James Ennis, Chandler Parsons, JaMychal Green, Marc Gasol
Milwaukee Bucks: Matthew Dellavedova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Tony Snell, Jabari Parker, Miles Plumlee
The Memphis Grizzlies will go back in action tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks after three days off. This will be the kick-off of their first road trip of the season with visits to Milwaukee, Utah, Los Angeles (Clippers) and Dallas.
The Grizzlies will look for their first away win this season without Tony Allen, who will miss his second consecutive game. Chandler Parsons, dealing with a sore knee during the last days, is questionable for the game and he will be reevaluated during today's practice.
Marc Gasol's buzzer beater against the Denver Nuggets last Tuesday has left the team with a 4-4 record which is exactly the same of his opponent tonight. This being said, Memphis' victories have come by very tight margins in games decided in the last seconds or overtime.
The battle for the backup point guard position will continue after Andrew Harrison's decent performance against Denver. He scored 10 points -including two triples-, with 6 assists and 4 steals. Wade Baldwin has not played for two consecutive games.
Milwaukee ranks first in points in the paint, and the rim protection has been a problem for the Grizzlies throughout the first eight games allowing rivals to score many more points in the paint than usual.
Both teams are top 10 in turnovers with an average of 15.9 a game. Limiting the number of turnovers will be key for Memphis, specially against a team that likes to run as much as Milwaukee.
The home team is known for playing small, up-tempo basketball. That has created problems to the Grizzlies in the last couple of seasons. With Zach Randolph now coming off the bench, the amount of mismatches should be lower.
Khris Middleton, who will likely miss the whole season after undergoing hamstring surgery, will be the only absence for the Bucks, who have newcomers this season in former Cavalier Matthew Dellavedova, Mirza Teletovic and Michael Beasley.
Milwaukee has lost the last two games against the then winless teams (Dallas and New Orleans). The Grizzlies have beaten the Bucks in nine of their last 11 meetings but they have lost in the last two visits to Milwaukee.