Smaller markets? Yeah.
Underappreciated runs of success? Sure.
Current seven seeds in their respective conferences? Check and check.
Even more than that? They're both really bad at the moment.
The Grizzlies run of poor play started at the All-Star Break. Memphis is 6-10 since that point, and has most certainly not looked the part of contender outside of a random four-game run of victories sandwiched between five and four game losing skids. While Memphis has struggled of late, they are still at least 19-20 on the road, 21-14 at home, and 40-34 overall as a team.
Indiana, on the other hand, seems to be imploding in a different way. The Pacers are 8-9 since All-Star, slightly better than Memphis, but they have not won consecutive games since a seven-game winning streak from January 26th through February 6th. Indiana has lost three of their last four games, and is currently a putrid 11-25 as the visitor this season. That road record is easily the worst among current playoff teams, and even worse than five or six non-playoff teams.
Thankfully this game is in Memphis. Hopefully home sweet home helps the Grizzlies.
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