Who: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
When: 7:00 pm CST
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, TN
Records: Memphis Grizzlies (39-25), Cleveland (21-41)
Expected Starting Lineups:
Memphis – Mike Conley, Tony Allen, Rudy Gay, Marreese Speights, Marc Gasol
Cleveland – Kyrie Irving, Manny Harris, Anthony Parker, Antawn Jamison, Tristan Thompson
Memphis won their fourth game in a row on Saturday night, dispensing of the hapless (Is hapless even a strong enough of a word? Disgraceful sounds more like it, but is rather harsh.) Charlotte Bobcats in less than impressive fashion. When I say that they did *justenough* to win…that’s exactly what I mean. But, they came away with one for the left-hand column instead of the right, so I won’t complain…much.
With the Lakers’ comeback win over OKC yesterday, the Grizzlies are now looking at either being in the #4 or #5 spot for the playoffs. They have two home games remaining — and own one of the best home records in the league (24-7), which means they still have a good opportunity to have homecourt advantage against the Clippers, who still have to play at Atlanta and at New York to finish out the season after last night’s contest against the Hornets.
Cleveland lost last night in San Antonio. Antawn Jamison and Kyrie Irving showed up and did their usual thing, and Manny Harris (you know…Manny Harris…???) chipped in 14 points, but the Cavs were simply overmatched and lost by 16 points, dropping their record to 4-9 in the month of April with two games remaining on their schedule. The Cavs have nothing left to play for but pride, yet they haven’t given up yet, which I find admirable given the teams that have been in full-on tanking mode for nearly a month.
There’s no real need to talk strategy since Cleveland has effectively been a two-man team lately. Stop either one of them and they are dead in the water. The only way the Grizzlies lose this game is if they just show up flat and uninspired (like their game against the Hornets awhile back) or decide to rest key players, even though homecourt advantage is still in reach. Let’s just hope that both teams make it through this contest with everyone’s health intact.
Prediction: Grizzlies win handily.