NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, April 11th
(All times Eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (17-61) at Memphis Grizzlies (46-32), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Memphis Grizzlies have four games remaining to make
a case for a playoff spot and will welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to town
Friday for a showdown at FedExForum.
The Grizzlies are a game behind the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks for the
seventh spot in the West and two games in back of the Golden State Warriors
for the No. 6 seed.
Memphis will try to extend its home winning streak to 13 games versus the
76ers and recorded a 107-102 victory over LeBron James and the two-time
defending champion Miami Heat on Wednesday. James' 37 points on 14-of-23
shooting weren't enough.
Zach Randolph countered with 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Marc
Gasol muscled his way to 20 points and 14 boards for the Grizzlies, who have
rotated results in the past six games. Mike Conley led Memphis with 26 points.
"We're playing for something. We're trying to get a spot. This is momentum for
us," said Randolph, who is fifth in the NBA with 45 double-doubles. "We have
four games left, and we have to take one game at a time."
The last time Memphis lost at home was Feb. 5 versus the Mavericks.
Memphis will visit the Los Angeles Lakers and Suns before closing out the
regular season at home with the Mavericks.
Philadelphia has lost two in a row and four of five games since snapping an
NBA record-tying 26-game losing streak.
The 76ers opened a three-game road trip with Wednesday's 125-114 loss to the
playoff-bound Toronto Raptors, as Henry Sims scored 22 points and Rookie of
the Year candidate Michael Carter-Williams ended with 19 points, nine rebounds
and eight assists.
Carter-Williams is averaging 19.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists in his
last six games, and leads all rookies with 16.7 points, 6.3 assists and 6.1
boards this season.
"I think he's learned to take a system and get comfortable on how to maximize
it for himself and the team," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of Carter-
Williams' growth. "He was close again to a triple-double and I think he had a
James Anderson and Thaddeus Young scored 17 and 16 points, respectively, for
the Sixers, who shot 52 percent for the game and fell to 8-30 on the road. The
Sixers ended a 13-game road slide with a 111-102 victory at Boston last
Philadelphia hasn't posted a winning road mark since going 23-18 in 2002-03.
The Sixers will visit Charlotte on Saturday, then will host Boston before
closing the season next week at Miami.
Memphis defeated Philly by a 103-77 score at Wells Fargo Center on March 15
and was led by Conley's 19 points. Carter-Williams tallied 23 points and eight
rebounds in that one for the 76ers, losers in five of the last six meetings
between the teams.
These two teams have split the last 10 meetings at Memphis.
04/11 10:30:56 ET