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Saturday, December 23rd (All times eastern)

Utah Jazz (19-8) at Memphis Grizzlies (6-21), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz play the finale of a five-game road trip when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at the FedExForum.

Utah is 2-2 on the swing. On Friday, Emeka Okafor posted 21 points and 10 rebounds, as the Charlotte Bobcats held off the Northwest Division-leading Jazz, 101-89.

Carlos Boozer posted 22 points and 14 rebounds in the loss to the Bobcats for Utah, which has won six of its last 10 games overall. Mehmet Okur had 19 points and Deron Williams netted 15 in defeat.

The Jazz are 8-6 on the road this season. Utah returns home to host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Memphis tries to halt a two-game losing streak. Desmond Mason scored the go- ahead bucket in overtime and posted 17 points and 12 rebounds, as the injury- riddled New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets downed the Grizzlies, 100-97, on Friday at the Ford Center.

Pau Gasol posted team-highs with 28 points and nine rebounds in the loss to the Hornets for the Grizzlies, who have dropped eight of their last nine games overall. Mike Miller notched 18 points, eight boards and six assists in defeat.

The Grizzlies are 4-7 at home this season. They are scheduled to visit the Washington Wizards on Tuesday at the Verizon Center.

Utah has lost three straight and five of its last six at the Grizzlies, who have won two in a row and six of the last seven contests in this series.

12/23 10:41:35 ET


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