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Tuesday, April 8th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Suns (51-26) at Memphis Grizzlies (21-56), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The playoff-bound Phoenix Suns try to get back on the winning track when they visit the Memphis Grizzlies tonight at FedExForum.

Phoenix is No. 6 in the Western Conference playoff race and sits one game behind the fifth-seeded Houston Rockets. The Suns are two games behind the division-leading Los Angeles Lakers in the Pacific.

The Suns open a three-game road trip on Tuesday. They are 23-15 as the guest this season, and will visit San Antonio on Wednesday at the AT&T Center and Houston on Friday at the Toyota Center.

On Sunday, reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki poured in 32 points and pulled down 12 rebounds as the Dallas Mavericks roared back to beat Phoenix, 105-98, at US Airways Center.

Amare Stoudemire finished with 31 points in the loss for the Suns, who have dropped two of their last three games overall. Shaquille O'Neal posted 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Steve Nash netted 14 points and dished out 10 assists in defeat.

In injury news for the Suns, O'Neal is expected to miss tonight's contest with a right hip bruise. Shaq, who was acquired in a trade from Miami, will miss his first game since he debuted in a Phoenix uniform on February 20 against the Lakers.

Memphis attempts to win back-to-back games this evening. Mike Miller shot 8- of-12 from beyond the arc en route to a 34-point performance, as the Grizzlies pulled away late to down the Minnesota Timberwolves, 113-101, Sunday at the Target Center.

The Grizzlies, who have won two of their last three games overall, are 14-25 at home this season. They will visit the Miami Heat on Friday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Phoenix is 2-0 against the Grizzlies this season and has won seven in a row overall in the series. The Suns have won three straight and four of their last five trips to Memphis.

04/08 15:07:55 ET

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