Grizzlies vs. Hawks preview - 1/12/14
The Memphis Grizzlies will look to continue their win streak at home on Sunday against the visiting Atlanta Hawks. The Grizzlies are just three games below .500 (16-17).
The Grizzlies are 8-12 at home and 0-2 against the visiting Hawks this season. The team is 7-9 all-time against the Hawks at FedExForum.
In a weak Eastern Conference, the Hawks are just 18-17 overall but would hold the third seed in the playoffs if they began today. Atlanta is much better at home than on the road, sporting just a 6-12 road record compared to 12-5 at home. Despite missing injured center Al Horford, Millsap and guard Jeff Teague are a strong duo that can keep the Hawks competitive in most games.
Zach Randolph vs. Paul Millsap
Randolph is averaging a double-double on the year with 17.1 points and 10.4 rebounds, and has produced a double-double in 18 of his last 25 games this season. The Grizzlies go as he goes, as the team is 11-3 in games where Randolph either leads or ties for the team lead in scoring. Defensively, he’ll be in for a physical battle on the block with Atlanta’s Paul Millsap.
Millsap is the only player in the Eastern Conference and one-of-two in the NBA (DeMarcus Cousins) this season averaging at least 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. On the year, he is averaging 17.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks after leaving the Utah Jazz and signing with the Hawks in the offseason. His ability to step out and shoot the three-ball will put some pressure on Randolph and Memphis’ defense.