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Friday, March 18th (All times eastern)

Minnesota Timberwolves (33-33) at Memphis Grizzlies (37-27), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies seek their third consecutive win tonight when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to FedExForum.

The Grizzlies have won three of their last four overall, and are 7-2 on the heels of a four-game skid that occurred late last month. Memphis enters Friday's action seventh in the Western Conference -- two games behind Houston and Sacramento, who are tied for fifth.

On Wednesday, James Posey scored a game-high 20 points, Earl Watson added 16 and Memphis pulled away late from the Hornets for a 88-82 triumph at New Orleans Arena.

Brian Cardinal added 14 points with eight boards, while Lorenzen White chipped in 11 points and eight boards for Memphis, which has won 13 of its last 20 games overall.

The Grizzlies have been thriving despite not having several regulars in the lineup. Forwards Pau Gasol and Stromile Swift, as well as guards Bonzi Wells and Jason Williams all missed Wednesday's matchup with various injuries. Williams (ankle) is day-to-day, while Swift (ankle) is expected to miss tonight. Gasol (foot) and Wells (back) remain on the injured list.

Memphis, which has won three straight at home, will host Phoenix on Sunday.

Minnesota, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three games. On Wednesday the T-Wolves dropped an 89-73 contest at San Antonio. Tim Duncan collected 25 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots to lead the Spurs.

Latrell Sprewell collected 21 points and eight boards for the Timberwolves, who have dropped three of their last five contests overall. Wally Szczerbiak netted 20 points in the loss, while Kevin Garnett chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The T-Wolves are currently tied with the LA Lakers for ninth in the West -- 1 1/2 games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff spot.

Minnesota, which has won four of its last six road games, will host Houston on Sunday.

Memphis is 2-1 against Minnesota this season, but the Timberwolves have won 13 of the last 16 meetings overall.

The Grizzlies had lost 10 straight at home to the T-Wolves before a 108-96 win on February 8.

03/18 10:09:50 ET


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