The76ers have lost four of their last six matchups with the Grizzlies but won their only matchup with Memphis this year. On December 26th, the Sixers went into Memphis and used a strong second half to win 99-89. The Sixers scored 120 points against Memphis on 4/10/10 but have not stopped the century mark since then. This is the last time the Grizzlies and Sixers will play against each other this year. This is the second game of a season long eight game homestand.
Who to Watch: Jrue Holiday. The Sixers are going to continue to rely on their all-star point guard Jrue Holiday, who dropped 35 points against the Knicks on Saturday. Holiday’s 35 points were the highest by a 76er since Willie Green dropped 37 points against the Toronto Raptors on April 18, 2007. Holiday has dropped 30+ points four times this year and three times in the past six games. Over the last six games, Holiday is averaging 25.2 points per game while shooting 50.4% from the field. Over the last seven games, Holiday is 7-for-21 from 3-point range. On the year, Holiday is averaging 19.4 points and 8.9 assists per game. The All-Star selection is the first of Holiday’s career and, at age 22, he is the youngest All-Star in Sixers history.
The Grizzlies are off to the best start in franchise history and have done so despite being dealt the sixth most difficult schedule in the NBA. The Grizzlies are 28-7 over their last 35 home games and have played well of late winning four of their last six games. Reaching the 100 point mark looks to be the key tonight. The Grizzlies are 13-0 when scoring 100 points or more but are 0-4 when allowing an opponent to score 100 points or more. No team has held their opponents to fewer than 100 points more than the Grizzlies who have only allowed a team to score 100 or more points four times this season. Memphis has the top ranked defense as they are holding teams to a league best 89.2 points per game this season.
Who to Watch: Zach Randolph. He was selected to his second career All-Star Game on Thursday. He is averaging 16.1 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this year. He is second in the NBA in rebounding and leads the NBA with the 28 double-doubles. He had a monster game on December 4th when he scored 38 points and grabbed 22 rebounds. He is the second player, along with Dwight Howard, in the last 12 years to have a night like that.
Tipoff is slated for 7:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are still available for tonight's Dollar Pretzel Night. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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