NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, December 8th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (7-12) at Atlanta Hawks (3-14), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies shoot for their third win in their first four games with new head Mike Fratello at the helm tonight, when they begin a two-game road trip against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena.
Memphis posted a 96-88 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday night at FedExForum. Earl Watson poured in a game-high 22 points and Mike Miller added 20 in the winning effort for the Grizzlies.
Pau Gasol collected 16 points, eight boards with seven assists for Memphis, which won for just the second time in its last eight games. James Posey chipped in 11 for the Grizzlies, who improved to 2-1 under Fratello.
Memphis guard Antonio Burks scored four points in 19 minutes after being activated from the injured list. Burks replaced the injured Jason Williams on the active roster. Williams is hampered with a sprained right ankle.
Memphis held a 48-28 margin in the paint, while outrebounding the Knicks, 46-40.
Memphis, which improved to 5-5 at home this season, has tallied just a 2-7 road mark this season.
Atlanta is feeling a bit revitalized after halting a nine-game skid with a 96-92 victory over Philadelphia on Monday. Antoine Walker posted his sixth double-double of the year with 22 points and 12 rebounds to pace Atlanta to the win.
Walker has scored 20 or more points in 14 of Atlanta's 17 games this season. He leads the team in scoring (21.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.8 rpg).
Al Harrington added 21 points and Predrag Drobnjak collected season-highs of 20 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks, who halted a five-game home slide. For the year, Atlanta is just 2-7 at home.
Josh Smith had a career game with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta. His putback with 17.6 seconds remaining gave the Hawks the lead for good at 94-92.
Memphis swept a pair of meetings between these teams last season, including a double-overtime victory in Atlanta on March 29. Nonetheless, the Hawks have won four of the past seven meetings in this series. Memphis is just 1-8 all- time in Atlanta.
12/08 10:11:29 ET