NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, February 13th (All times eastern)
Memphis Grizzlies (30-21) at Indiana Pacers (23-26), 6 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies seek their fourth consecutive win this evening when they visit the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
It will, however, be a tough task for the Grizzlies, as they have never won in Indianapolis. The franchise is 0-8 as the guest in the series with the Pacers, and has lost 15 of the 18 contests between the teams.
During their current winning streak the Grizzlies have defeated Minnesota, Philadelphia and Portland. On Friday, Stromile Swift scored 23 points with eight rebounds, as Memphis overcame a fourth quarter deficit for an 88-82 victory over the Trail Blazers at FedEx Forum.
Mike Miller added 22 points off the bench for the Grizzlies, and his three- pointer in the final minute sealed the win. Bonzi Wells collected 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Memphis, which has won eight of its last 10 games overall.
On the injury front, Swift left the game with a left knee injury but is probable for today.
Memphis, which has won two straight on the road, opens a three-game trip tonight and will visit Boston on Wednesday.
Indiana, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three games. On Friday the Pacers dropped a 91-83 contest to Houston in the second portion of a four-game homestand. The Rockets were boosted by five players scoring in double figures.
Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal finished with 18 points each as the Pacers lost for the eighth time in 11 tries overall. Anthony Johnson scored 11 points and Fred Jones added 14 off the bench in the losing effort.
Before the game, Pacers guard Reggie Miller announced that he will retire following the season. The 39-year-old, who has played his entire career with the team, recorded 11 points in 35 minutes of action.
Indiana, which has lost six of its last eight home games, will host Portland on Wednesday.
The Pacers defeated Memphis, 86-85, at FedEx Forum on January 11, as O'Neal hit a pair of free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining to provide the difference.
02/13 10:16:28 ET