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Memphis looks to bounce back against Brooklyn after back-to-back overtime home losses. It will be the last game for the Grizzlies before the All Star break and the first without Marc Gasol, out indefinitely with a broken foot.

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Who: Memphis Grizzlies (30-22) at Brooklyn Nets (14-39)

Where: Barclays Center, NY

When: 6:30pm (CT), Wednesday February 10th

How to Watch: Fox Sports Southeast

How to Listen: ESPN 92.9FM Memphis

Injury report:

Memphis Grizzlies:
Jordan Adams (knee) - out
Brandan Wright (knee) - out
Marc Gasol (foot) - out
Brooklyn Nets:
Jarrett Jack (knee) - out
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) - out
Sergey Karasev (illness) - questionable

Memphis visits Brooklyn with the absence of its franchise player Marc Gasol who broke his right foot last Monday and may miss the rest of the season. The playoff hopes are now at high risk and the organization could seriously consider to focus on substantial rebuilding at this stage.

The team is back in action after two consecutive losses in the overtime against Dallas and Portland respectively. This has strong implications when thinking about the fight for the 5-8 playoff spots. Memphis, currently sitting on the fifth, has lost both games against teams currently battling for a better seed in the same conference.

The Grizzlies are now 30-22 in the season and play in Brooklyn the last game prior to the All Star break. I would believe that coach Dave Joerger would have predicted a similar number for the win-loss column at this time of the year.

Leaving aside Gasol's injury, the main concern for the team is the way the season has developed so far: the feeling of inferiority against the top teams and the high number of tight games against teams with a losing record. In the meantime, the trade deadline approaches...

Brooklyn is in a state of disarray. The former Grizzlies coach, Lionel Hollins, was fired early in the season and there are rumours about a buyout around the star Joe Johnson. They have never found the right touch in the Prokhorov era and they are already looking into draft prospects.

The Grizzlies have won the last three games against the Nets. The two teams met for the last time in Brooklyn in January last year. It was in that game when Marc Gasol dished out one of the best assists of the season with a no-look pass to Tony Allen. Unfortunately this is something we will not be able to see today.

Recover Lee and Green

The last two losses come along with average performances by Courtney Lee and Jeff Green. The former has averaged 6,5 points and the latter 10,5 points on two nights where they both should have delivered better performances. They had been playing great basketball over the previous winning streak shooting over 50 per cent from the floor. The lack of Marc Gasol makes the contribution of role players even more important.

Points in the paint

Brooklyn rank 28th in points allowed in the paint and that is something Memphis can benefit from. The Grizzlies should therefore punish them down. Zach Randolph stepped up in the absence of Gasol against Portland and should continue in the same vein. He will have to face Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez, a frontcourt not necessarily know for their defense.

Make the free throws!

The free throws have been one of the reasons why the Grizzlies have lost the last two games. They combined 26 for 42 averaging a poor 61,9 per cent. Memphis once led in this category and currently rank fourth with a 79 per cent. Considering how tight most of the Memphis games are, it is indeed necessary to be again accurate from the free throw line.

Prediction

It is a must win for Memphis. Heading to the All Star break with a win is very important especially considering the way the last two games have been lost. The Nets have been regularly beaten up in the paint and the Grizzlies can take advantage doing what they do best. In addition, the Nets are not a threat from the perimeter and have problems to score consistently.

Brooklyn 89, Memphis 97