NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, April 10th (All times eastern)
Charlotte Bobcats (15-60) at Memphis Grizzlies (43-32), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies try to continue their push towards clinching a playoff berth, as they welcome the Charlotte Bobcats tonight to FedExForum.
Memphis is four games ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Grizzlies have seven games left on their regular-season schedule, while Minnesota has five contests remaining.
This is the second and final meeting of the season between the clubs. On January 14th, the Grizzlies crushed the Bobcats, 109-89, at Charlotte Coliseum.
The Grizzlies have won two straight and come into tonight's game off a big win. On Friday, Mike Miller poured in a game-high 30 points and grabbed six rebounds as Memphis dominated the Miami Heat, 97-81, at FedExForum. Miller finished the game 10-of-16 from the floor and hit five three-pointers in the victory.
Pau Gasol netted 17 points and grabbed six rebounds in Friday's win for Memphis, while Bonzi Wells chipped in 15 off the bench for the Grizzlies, who have won four of their last five overall.
Memphis is a solid 24-14 as the host this season. It has won two of three and is 6-4 in its last 10 at FedExForum.
After tonight's game, the Grizzlies will embark on a four-game road trip that will consist of games against Dallas, Houston, Denver and San Antonio. Memphis will then closeout its regular season with a pair of home games against the Spurs and Mavericks.
Charlotte, which is 0-6 in Sunday games this season, enters tonight's contest on a seven-game losing streak. On Friday, Desmond Mason scored 21 points and Marcus Fizer had 18 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 93-75 rout of the Bobcats at the Bradley Center. Primoz Brezec had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Bobcats, who have dropped 18 of their last 21 contests overall.
Rookie Emeka Okafor recorded his seventh straight and 43rd double-double of the season, registering 11 points and 14 boards in Friday's loss for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats are a league-worst 3-34 on the road this season. The have lost three straight and 15 of their last 16 as the visitor.
04/10 10:09:54 ET