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When: Friday, December 13th, 7:00 PM CST
Where: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA

Photo: Nikki Boertman / Commercial Appeal

Records: Memphis Grizzlies (10-11), New Orleans Pelicans (10-10)
Media: NBA TV, 92.9 FM, 680 AM
Discuss: 3SOB Twitter/Forum, Grizzlies Message Boards

After going 2-4 on the homestand, the Grizzlies head out to New Orleans to take on the Pellies, whoa re adjusting to life without Anthony Davis, but did pickup a key overtime win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. This game will send the loser to the bottom of the Southwest Division, so look for both teams to be battling hard.

Expected Starting Lineups:

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Mike Conley vs Jrue Holiday
A solid performance by Conley in a decidedly one-sided game against the Thunder. His points per game had been dropping slightly over the past few weeks, but I get the strong feeling he’ll average considerably more than any other year. The Rudy Gay trade meant Conley would play a bigger role in the offense, and with Marc out, that will only increase. jrue Holiday was an All-Star for the Sixers last year, and he’s been reasonably effective for the Pelicans, even if the ‘Brow has been the oe commanding the majority of the hype. Holiday is an explosive guard, capable of flying to the rim on any possession, but he tends to be streaky, lacking the overal consistency of Conley.
Advantage: Memphis

Tony Allen

Tony Allen vs Eric Gordon
No, we don’t totally know if Tony will play, but let’s really, really hope so. Lord knows his killer D was sorely missed during the  Westbrook takeover. As for Gordon, he was one of the most hyped players in the league three years ago, but injuries and a general decline performance mean there is a lot of doubt about him. He’s not shooting the ball anywhere near as well as he was during his time with the Clippers, and his scoring average continues to plummet. Still, he’s capable of having big games, and the last thing the Grizzlies should do is take him lightly.
Advantage: New Orleans

Tayshaun Prince vs Al-Farouq Aminu
Aminu is a solid defender who is wildly inconsistent on offense. You’ll look at one box score, see him approach 20 point, and thing he’s about the break out. Then, he’ll go 0-4 in 27 minutes the next night. Who knows? Prince hs become pretty reliable this year. He’s not taking over any games, but he can be counted on for someone between six and 12 points each night. Considering the defensive acumen of both players, it would really be a waste if either one defended the other one.
Advantage: Memphis

Zach Randolph

Zach Randolph vs Ryan Anderson
Two great games in a row for Z-Bo, who appears to be back to normal after his unfortunate ingrown toenail kept him out of the lineup for a few games. Anderson is one of the best stretch fours in the league, and he’s been shooting the lights out this season. forced to come into the starting lineup after the injury to Anthony Davis. While Anderson lacks the considerable physical presence that Davis brings, he’s one of the best shooters in the league, and is often impossible to defend. With that said, this is a difficult defensive matchup for him – look for Jason Smith t guard Z-Bo for much of the game, since he’ll do a better job of keeping him in check in the post.
Advantage: Memphis

Marc Gasol

Kosta Koufos vs Jason Smith
Smith has been a quietly decent center for some time now. You’ll never hear about him winning any particular honors, but he gets the job done, mostly by being a solid mid-range shooter who gets opportunities because the opposing defense is rarely focused on him. meanwhile, it’s been more of the same from Koufos – solid rebounding, but struggling from the field, which can be frustrating when you remember how efficient he was during his time in Denver last year. i feel like eventually were going to see that breakout game from Koufos where puts up 20 and 15. Maybe it comes tonight against the defensively limited Pelicans.
Advantage: New Orleans

Benches:

Austin Rivers actually got to play for a little bit against the Pistons, and boy, did that not go well. he was 1-7 from the fied, and the questions of whether or not hes ever going to be even a semi-decent NBA player are as loud a ever. On the plus side, Anthony Morrow is ne of the best three-point shooters around, and teaming him up with Anderson should lead to phenomenal floor-spacing opportunities. For the Grizzlies, Jon Leuer has shown himself to be much more productive than many would have given him credit for when he first arrived in Memphis. He’s a solid shooter, and he can stretch the floor. Honestly, he might be more talented than mike Miler at this point, but we can open that can of worms another time.
Advantage:  New Orleans

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