Who: Memphis Grizzlies (12-8, 6-4 home) vs Los Angeles Lakers (10-11, 4-7 road)
When: 7:00 PM CT
Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis
How to watch/listen: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
Memphis Grizzlies: Brandan Wright (out, ankle), Chandler Parsons (out, knee), James Ennis (out, calf), Mike Conley (out, back), Vince Carter (out, hip), Zach Randolph (out, personal)
Los Angeles Lakers: D'Angelo Russell (out, knee), Nick Young (out, calf), Larry Nance (questionable, knee)
Memphis Grizzlies: Andrew Harrison, Tony Allen, Troy Williams, JaMychal Green, Marc Gasol
Los Angeles Lakers: Jose Calderon, Brandon Ingram, Loul Deng, Julius Randle, Timofey Mozgoz
Life has proved tough for the Grizzlies in the absence of Mike Conley. Since he went down with fractures in vertebrae last Monday, Memphis has lost two out of three games. The veteran point guard will sit for around five weeks and is not expected to play anymore until 2017.
Truth be told, the team is also missing other important pieces in Chandler Parsons, Zach Randolph, James Ennis and Vince Carter. The good news is that the last three will possibly be back on the court at some point next week.
The depleted Grizzlies have tried their best with several inexperienced players currently in the rotation. In this respect, the rookies Andrew Harrison and Wade Baldwin are sharing the point guard spot while speculations revolve around the signing of a veteran player for that position.
Combo guard Toney Douglas has emerged as the frontrunner to join the Grizzlies if approved for a NBA injury exception in the coming days.— Michael Wallace (@MyMikeCheck) December 2, 2016
Coach David Fizdale has so called his available players 'the nasty nine' who came back from behind last Thursday against Orlando to snap a two-game losing streak. Tony Allen and Marc Gasol led the team to a much needed victory. Troy Daniels, who is picking up the backup shooting guard minutes in Carter's absence, had his second consecutive game with over 19 points.
They succeeded with defense once more holding Orlando to 94 points. The Grizzlies are 8-2 when limiting their opponents to fewer than 100 points. League-wise, they rank fifth in points allowed with 98.3 a game.
In the first year of the post-Kobe era, the Lakers currently sit ninth in the Western Conference. They are doing surprisingly well and have beaten powerful teams such as Golden State, Houston and Chicago.
Without a clear franchise player, the Lakers have enough players to make their rivals' life difficult. The team mixes veterans and young players. However, they will miss their starting backcourt tonight with D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young sidelined with injuries.
The Lakers are playing the second game of a back-to-back set after their loss against the Raptors last night. They will put an end to a four-game road trip against the Grizzlies, after one win and two losses so far.
As opposed to the Grizzlies, the Lakers play a high speed game and are averaging over 105 points a game. With Russell and Young out throughout their road trip, they have struggled offensively, though. They only averaged 88 points a game in that spam.
Reserve Lou Williams leads the Lakers in scoring with over 16 a game while the promising power forward Julius Randle is the best rebounder with nine per game on average. Memphis has won 9 of their last 10 against the Lakers.