Boston at Memphis
8:00 P.M. ET
Boston: 100.4 points/100 possessions (22nd)
Memphis: 101.1 points/100 possessions (20th)
Boston: 99.4 points allowed/100 possessions (4th)
Memphis: 97.3 points allowed/100 possessions (2nd)
Probable Grizzlies Starters:
Mike Conley (PG), Tony Allen (SG), Tayshaun Prince (SF), Zach Randolph (PF), and Marc Gasol (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: 3 Shades of Blue
UPDATE: Kevin Garnett and Courtney Lee are out with left ankle sprains. Marc Gasol is out for Memphis.
Thumbnail: Well, that was an uninspired performance by the Celtics on Friday night in Dallas. The Mavericks allowed for the men in green to stay somewhat close, but Boston did not have a lead at all in the contest. The Celtics had a terrible offensive performance against the Mavericks’ subpar defense, which continued a frustrating trend. The Celtics have now shot worse than 42 percent from the field 12 times on the road this season. They are 1-11 in those games. When shooting that poorly at home, they are actually 4-3.
Celtics fans must feel a little better after seeing the Grizzlies lose on the road at the Hornets on Friday after Boston fell in New Orleans on Wednesday. Losses have been a rarity recently for the Rudy Gay-less Grizzlies. Since dropping two of their first three games in February, they have gone 16-4 in their last 20 games. While that record may not be as impressive as the Miami Heat’s winning streak, Memphis has been playing very well as it has transitioned into its newest chapter as an organization. They will be catching the Celtics on the second night of a back-to-back.
Boston will be hoping to stop its three-game losing skid in the toughest of circumstances: on tired legs against a Grizzlies’ team that has won nine consecutive games at FedEx Forum. This home streak for Memphis is its third-longest one in franchise history. The Celtics have just been plain terrible away from TD Garden this season, sporting a 12-22 road record. They are on pace to have their worst year on the road since 2006-07. Boston will hope to stem the tide on Saturday in attempt to prevent the Grizzlies from winning both meetings this season.
Prediction: The Celtics perform better on Saturday than on Friday, but Memphis sweeps the season series from Boston for the first time in 12 years.
Grizzlies 91, Celtics 85
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