WHERE: FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee
WHEN: 7:00 PM CT
HOW TO WATCH/LISTEN: Fox Sports Southeast / 92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
Memphis: Garrett Temple (Questionable, shoulder), Kyle Anderson (Out, ankle), Dillon Brooks (Out, toe), Chandler Parsons (Out, mad at Chris Wallace)
Indiana: Victor Oladipo (Out, quad)
Probable Starting Lineups:
MEMPHIS: Mike Conley, Garrett Temple, Justin Holiday, Jaren Jackson Jr., Marc Gasol
INDIANA: Darren Collison, Tyreke Evans, Bojan Bogdanovic, Thaddeus Young, Myles Turner
The Grizzlies season hasn’t gone quite like they hoped this year, especially after a 12-5 start. Things have gotten so bad that the team is listening to trade offers on the remaining pillars of the Core 4 era, Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. It remains to be seen if either player will end up being traded, but you know it’s bad when a franchise has made their “untouchable” players available for trade.
The Pacers season was going great up until Wednesday night. With the win 110-106 win over the Raptors, the Pacers jumped up to 3rd in the Eastern Conference standings. Unfortunately, the Pacers lost All-Star guard Victor Oladipo to a season ending quad injury in that game. The matchup with the Grizzlies will be their first without their star player.
With a rattled Pacers team coming to town, what can the Grizzlies do to get out of their slump?
With Oladipo out for the year, former Grizzly Tyreke Evans will likely take on a larger role in the Pacers offense. Although Evans has cooled off after a scorching 2017-2018 season with the Grizzlies, Grizz Nation is all too familiar with what Tyreke can do when he gets cooking. The Pacers have a handful of players capable of putting up solid offensive numbers, but none can take over that alpha dog role quite like Tyreke Evans can. The Grizzlies will need to limit Evans’ scoring opportunities to keep him from getting in the zone.
Crash the Boards
In the season opener against the Pacers, the Grizzlies were outrebounded 67-39, giving up 13 offensive rebounds. Domantas Sabonis was a monster off the bench scoring 14 points to go with 15 total rebounds. The Grizzlies can’t give a good time like the Pacers extra possessions, especially when those extra possessions lead to easy putbacks or shot attempts. Jaren, JaM and Marc will need to be sure to box out on every possession to keep the Grizzlies in the game.
The Pacers are still a really good team without Victor Oladipo. Myles Turner is a potential All-Star player, and they have a ton of solid rotation players in Bogdanovic, Young, Sabonis, Doug McDermott and Darren Collison. A win, especially on the second night of a back-to-back for the Grizzlies.
The Pacers are still capable of beating the Grizzlies, even without Oladipo. The Pacer’s depth, combined with the Grizzlies lack of offensive firepower will lead the Pacers to a win in Memphis. The Grizzlies will be able to keep the score respectable compared to their other losses during this losing stretch.
Pacers 105, Grizzlies 93