NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 12th (All times eastern)
Utah Jazz (13-12) at Memphis Grizzlies (14-13), 9:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Memphis continues a five-game homestand Sunday when it welcomes the struggling Utah Jazz to FedEx Forum.
The Grizzlies improved to 2-1 on the residency Friday when Rudy Gay scored 21 points as Memphis defeated the Indiana Pacers, 98-92.
The Grizzlies had five players in double figures, including 19 points and nine rebounds from Marreese Speights. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol each added 15 points apiece for Memphis, which has now won two straight after dropping its previous three.
"I know all the games aren't going to start off like that," Speights said about scoring seven of his team's first 11 points. "I just go out there with a little more energy and try to get on the boards early and start the momentum."
The Jazz, meanwhile, will be trying to halt a three-game skid tonight as they kick off a back-to-back-to-back, three-game road trip. Most recently, Utah fell to West-leading Oklahoma City, 101-87, at EnergySolutions Arena on Friday.
Utah had all five starters in double figures in that one, including 20 points from Al Jefferson. Raja Bell and Gordon Hayward scored 13 points apiece for the Jazz, who have dropped five of their last six overall.
"They [Thunder] played well," said Bell. "They took the game to us. They were aggressive. We got stuck in one mode and were never able to transition into something else to see if it could get going."
Utah, which is just 2-7 on the road this season, will finish its three games in three nights stretch with games in New Orleans and a rematch with the Thunder in OKC.
The Grizz have won three straight at FedEx Forum over Utah and are 9-4 on their home floor this season.
02/12 10:44:34 ET