NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 9th (All times eastern)
Dallas Mavericks (13-5) at Memphis Grizzlies (13-5), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies take aim at their seventh straight win tonight when they conclude a brief two-game homestand against the Dallas Mavericks at FedExForum.
On Tuesday, Pau Gasol poured in 29 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to power the Grizzlies to an 89-73 triumph over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets. Bobby Jackson had 21 points and Eddie Jones scored 11 for Memphis, which has won 10 of its last 12 games.
The team record for consecutive wins is seven set in January 2004.
A big reason behind the early season success for Memphis has been its play at the defensive end, as the Grizzlies have allowed an NBA-low 84.3 points-per- game, which is four points fewer than the next-best defensive team.
Memphis, which will head to Indiana on Saturday, is 6-2 in its arena this season.
Dallas, meanwhile, comes in on a winning note as well after Dirk Nowitzki scored a game-high 31 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to propel the Mavs to an 84-75 victory over Indiana on Tuesday at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Devin Harris, starting for an injured Jason Terry, added 15 points in the win, the Mavericks' third straight, while Keith Van Horn chipped in 11 off the bench.
Terry sat out the contest after straining his hamstring in Monday's 102-94 triumph at Chicago. He is questionable for tonight's affair.
Dallas, which will start a five-game homestand following tonight's contest, will be wrapping up a three-game stretch on the road, where it is 7-3 on the year.
Memphis topped the Mavs earlier in the season, but has lost six of the last eight meetings in this series. Dallas is also 16-3 all-time as the visitor in this series.
12/09 10:09:34 ET