By: Jeremy Hyman
The Wizards and Grizzlies split the season series, 1-1.
Back on the Road - After a five-game home-stand, the Wizards are back on the road tonight as they get the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies are the only team in the NBA with a road record above .500 (14-9) and a home record below (13-14), while the Wizards have a .500 record both on the road and at home. However, as of late, the Wizards have been rolling away from home. They are 9-4 in their last 13 road games, including road wins over the Suns, Warriors, Nets, and Bulls.
Defense Wins - The Grizzlies lead the Western Conference in points allowed (94.9) and over the past few years have put their stamp on the league as a defensive powerhouse. Even without their defensive specialist Tony Allen (wrist injury), they still have their two giants in the middle and still play great team defense. They've only allowed over 100 points once in the last 14 games and really like playing games in the 80's or 90's, so look for the Wizards to combat this with playing an up-tempo style of game.
Wizards - Nene finished Sunday night's game with 18 points, five boards, and five assists in a win over the Kings.
Grizzlies - Courtney Lee is averaging over 14 points per game since joining the Grizzlies last month and the Grizz are 11-5 in those games.
Mike Conley's Return? - Mike Conley has missed the last week and a half with an ankle sprain, but could return for Memphis tonight. Like many of the great point guards today, he's the head of the snake in Memphis and leads the team in both points and assists.
The action kicks off at 8:00pm from Memphis.
Tonight will feature two big front lines, as Nene and Marcin Gortat square off with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
On many nights, Nene is able to use his size to his advantage, but tonight he'll likely have to use his mid-range game and quickness to be effective against the equally massive Randolph. These are two of the more skilled power forwards in the league and the frontcourt battle will be one to watch when these teams go at it tonight.