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Friday, March 21st (All times eastern)

Memphis Grizzlies (16-51) at New York Knicks (19-48), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Memphis Grizzlies hope to break out of an excruciatingly long road losing streak when they visit Madison Square Garden tonight for a matchup with a New York Knicks squad that had trouble beating anybody as of late.

Since ringing in the new year with a 102-90 victory at Indiana on January 2, the Grizzlies have proceeded to lose 18 straight on the road. That's the franchise's longest such skid since it dropped the final 23 away tests to close out the 1998-99 campaign.

The most recent setback came Wednesday in Minnesota, where Al Jefferson compiled 29 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves past the Grizzlies, 98-94.

Rudy Gay topped Memphis with 25 points and Mike Miller finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat, the Grizzlies' 20th in their last 23 contests.

The loss also dropped Memphis to a woeful 4-29 on the road this season.

New York's miserable 2007-08 season continued with Monday's 110-98 setback at Indiana. The loss was the Knicks' ninth in their last 10 games.

Zach Randolph amassed 21 points and 14 rebounds for New York, which also received career highs of 15 points and eight boards out of rookie Wilson Chandler.

The Knicks played Monday's game without regulars Eddy Curry (knee surgery) and Quentin Richardson (wrist), while Randolph -- who's been battling a sore foot -- may be held out of tonight's tilt. Richardson is considered questionable to return to the lineup this evening.

New York will be attempting to end a five-game slide at home and is just 12-22 at the Garden this season.

The Knicks have won their two most recent encounters with the Grizzlies, however, both of which took place last season.

03/21 10:41:17 ET


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