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Preview: Houston Rockets At Memphis Grizzlies

After blowing out the Minnesota Timberwolves in Houston, the Rockets now face the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis. Both teams are likely withoout their best players tonight with James Harden (likely) and Marc Gasol (definitly) out. Tonight’s game is at 7:00 PM and can be seen on both CSN Houston.

 

The Matchups

Point Guard: Patrick Beverley v.s. Mike Conley

Conley is the team’s leading scorer (19.5 ppg) and shooting 51.6% from the field. With Gasol out, Conley will be relied upon to be the team’s leading scorer though he will be matched up with the feisty Patrick Beverley.

Edge: Grizzlies

 

Shooting Guard: Jeremy Lin v.s. Tony Allen

James Harden is expected to miss tonight’s game which means Jeremy Lin is likely to draw tonight’s start. Lin will go against Tony Allen who is one of the best defenders in the NBA.

Edge: Rockets

 

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons v.s. Tayshaun Prince

This isn’t the same Tayshaun Prince we remember from his Pistons days. Prince averages just under 7 points a game and his defense has fallen off a bit. Parsons has been great this season and the three ball is now starting to fall.

Edge: Rockets

 

Power Forward: Terrence Jones v.s. Zach Randolph

Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Love, then Zach Randolph. Terrence Jones can’t catch a break defensively, though his offense hasn’t fallen off. Randolph is an underrated PF in the league, averaging 16.5/9.5 in 13 games this season.

Edge: Grizzlies

 

Center: Dwight Howard v.s. Kosta Koufus

Marc Gasol out, Kosta Koufus in. I can’t find the clip anywhere but my favorite Koufos moment was when Shane Battier inbounded a ball from under the basket off Koufus for an easy layup. The best part of the play was Bill Worrell’s play-by-play. “Battier off Kosta’s Koufus!” Priceless!

Edge: Rockets

 

Bench:

Grizzlies – Mike Miller, Quincy Pondexter, Jerryd Bayless, Ed Davis

Rockets – Omer AsikFrancisco GarciaOmri CasspiAaron Brooks

Edge: Rockets

 

Prediction – Gasol’s absence at the rim should give the Rockets opportunities in the paint. Rockets 101 – 92

 

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