Who: Memphis Grizzlies (32-47, 20-19 Home) vs. Dallas Mavericks (31-48, 8-31 Away)
Where: FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
When: 5:00 PM CT
How to watch/listen: Fox Sports Southeast/92.9 FM ESPN Memphis
MEMPHIS: Joakim Noah (Questionable, knee), Mike Conley (Doubtful, ankle), Kyle Anderson (Out, shoulder), Avery Bradley (Out, shin), Dillon Brooks (Out, toe), Jaren Jackson Jr. (Out, thigh), C.J. Miles (Out, foot), Jonas Valanciunas (Out, ankle)
DALLAS: Luka Doncic (Out, thigh), Kristaps Porzingis (Out, knee), Tim Hardaway Jr. (Out, leg), J.J. Barea (Out, achilles)
MEMPHIS: Delon Wright, Tyler Dorsey, Justin Holiday, Bruno Caboclo, Ivan Rabb
DALLAS: Jalen Brunson, Courtney Lee, Justin Jackson, Dwight Powell, Dirk Nowitzki
On Faith and Family night in Memphis, the Memphis Grizzlies family has a lot of faith in this team to achieve their conveying goal. With their victory over Dallas Friday night and losses by the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Pelicans, the Memphis Grizzlies are in PRIME, I repeat, PRIME convey position.
The Grizz started Friday night in sixth in the upside down standings, heading into tonight’s rematch against Dallas, the Grizz are in ninth. Ninth means you either convey or the lottery plays you into a top 4 pick.
Needless to say this game remains a huge must win for the convey efforts of Memphis.
Based on the Grizzlies being 20-19 at home and the Mavs being an atrocious 8-31 on the road, the odds seem to be in our favor. Sure, the Grizzlies are basically fielding a G League roster, but Dallas is without Doncic and Hardaway Jr.
Keys to Victory
- Delon Wright continues to shine. The Grizzlies have to be thrilled about landing him in the Marc Gasol trade. He has contributed in big ways in every start he has had for Memphis, including a triple double last time out. He won't have to repeat the triple double performance but he will need to get a 16 point 5 rebound 7 assist type stat line for the team succeed.
- Gang Rebounding. It will have to be all hands on deck. While the Mavs no longer have a rebounding machine in DeAndre Jordan, the Grizzlies just simply don't have the bodies. Everybody will need to pitch in aiding Ivan Rabb and Tyler Zeller on the boards or the Grizz risk dropping a game they need to win.
- Bruno and Chandler keep it going. Since mid March, Bruno Caboclo has statistically been a top 60 player in the league. Not bad for a guy two years from being two years away. Bruno continues to look comfortable on the floor, driving and crashing the boards. Chandler Parsons will need to continue his best stretch of play in years off the bench. Hoping seeing his bestie Mark Cuban rejuvenates him one more time. Double digit scoring from both guys would go a long way to a victory.
The Memphis Grizzlies have a tad bit more motivation to win this game than the Mavericks and Dallas doesn't play well outside of their home arena. The Mavs do have more NBA caliber talent playing for them at the moment but the Grizzlies just play well together. Even Tyler Zeller came in and played well in his first game for Memphis.
The Grizz will have to game plan to keep Jalen Brunson in check and team rebound as long as they do those things, I don't see this game being too close for very long. Memphis’ motivation to convey and roster full of guys perhaps playing for contracts will be enough to carry them through.
Memphis 110 Dallas 103