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Grizzlies vs Pelicans: Start Time, TV Schedule, and Game Preview

The Grizzlies get a chance to wash the taste of that 36-point loss to the Wolves out of their mouths against Anthony Davis.

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: Memphis Grizzlies (2-2, 2-0 home) vs. New Orleans Pelicans (0-4, 0-1 road)

WHEN: 7:00 PM CT

WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee

HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis


What 2 Watch 4

Anthony Davis: So far this season, the New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar has been a one-man show. It’s been The Brow featuring a bunch of chocolate ice cream emojis (Note: those emojis aren’t actually chocolate ice cream). Through the first four games, Davis has posted scoring totals of 50, 45, 18, and 35, all of which came in losing efforts. There’s just no one outside of Davis who can score. Recently, Davis was spotted on the sideline using a tablet, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d been playing around with the trade machine.

Anyway, Davis is a monster, and the Grizzlies haven’t exactly been a defensive juggernaut in the post this season. Memphis will need Marc, fresh off a Spursian DNP-Rest, at the top of his game if they want to shut down the Pelicans’ only source of offense.

  • Not-so-hot Starts: So far this season, the Grizzlies have started games like the tipoff is some NBA version of the Men in Black flashy thing, instantly causing the entire team to forget how to play basketball. Apart from the Wizards game, Memphis has been outscored in first quarters, including a couple of starts that made the Hindenburg look “not that bad” by comparison. That’s an issue that Memphis will need to clean up sooner rather than later if they want to have any hope of earning a top seed in the West.
  • Lineups and Limits: This is going to be a continuing theme for this team. Fizdale has already shown a willingness to try out non-traditional lineups and to rest his starters. Marc and Mike should be fresh from their DNPs in Minnesota, but it will still be interesting to see whether their minutes are somewhat limited at all. The Grizzlies are entering the back stretch of a 4-in-5 and a 5-in-7, so Fizz might want to play it safe even after a full night of rest.

Prediction

Memphis got destroyed last night, mainly because they started a team that looked eerily reminiscent of last year’s playoff roster. With Mike and Marc back and feeling fresh, plus Tony Allen back in the fold, Memphis should be able to handle a struggling Pelicans team. Marc does enough to stifle The Brow, and Memphis gets back over .500 with a 103-95 victory.

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