The daily preview muscles into the paint with NBA tips for a key clash between Western Conference rivals Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks.
11:30 (AEST), Thu 15th Apr @ FedExForum, Memphis
History: Played 102: Mavericks 72 V Grizzlies 30
Last meeting: February 22, 2021: Mavericks 102 d Grizzlies 92 at American Airlines Center
Final Thoughts: Seventh and eighth on the Western Conference ladder square off in an intriguing match-up. Memphis Grizzlies are aiming for back-to-back wins while Dallas Mavericks are striving to arrest a two-game slide.
After crafting a losing record in March, the 27-25 Grizzlies have won five of their seven games in March. They claimed the scalps of the 76ers, Heat and Hawks on the road, before losing away to the Knicks in OT and going down by seven at home to the Pacers.
Memphis bounced back with a fast-finishing 101-90 defeat of the Bulls two days ago, their second-lowest points conceded this season. Veteran big man Jonas Valanciunas – who put up 34 points and 22 rebounds against the Pacers – starred again at the Bulls’ expense with 26 points and 14 boards. Ja Morant had 10 assists and continues to stuff the highlight reels.
The Mavericks went on a five-game tear before losing three of their last four. They comfortably accounted for the Giannis-less Bucks but have dropped their last two to the Spurs (119-117) and 76ers (113-95).
Kristaps Porzingis’ (31 pts, 15 reb) was a positive against San Antonio. Luka Doncic top-scored with 32 points against Philadelphia.
The Mavericks have won four of their last five against the Grizzlies, including a 102-92 result at home earlier this season. Doncic (21 pts, 7 reb, 5 ast) was relatively well contained, but Tim Hardaway Jr (29 pts) stole the show off the bench with seven threes.
Dallas have also won their last two in Memphis.
The Grizzlies are a poor 13-15 at home this season, but a solid 17-11 against the spread. The Mavs are 16-12 on the road, overall and ATS.
Form over the past week makes the Grizzlies a tempting option as $2.20 home underdogs. But the Mavericks’ superior depth and Doncic’s talismanic qualities should lift the visitors to the W.
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