Preview: Phoenix At Memphis

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Matchup Edge
PHO Edge in: MEM
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The Memphis Grizzlies have been sputtering of late and coach David Fizdale is pondering lineup changes designed to fuel a move upward in the Western Conference standings. The Grizzlies are sixth in the West entering Tuesday's game against the visiting Phoenix Suns and Sunday's win over the Denver Nuggets was only their second in the past five games.

Fizdale sees the opportunity to challenge the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers for the fourth spot but feels the lineup needs more stability to achieve that. "It's more about fit now and who plays the best together, and what gives my best players the best chance to be great," Fizdale told reporters. "Right now, every game is so critical when you're fighting for home court (in the playoffs). So those are tough decisions coaches have to make, but I'm going to continue to evaluate over the next week or so." Phoenix lost the first two of a three-game road swing and dropped 12 of its last 15 contests. The Suns allowed 100 or more points in 21 of their past 22 games and rank next-to-last in scoring defense at 112.5 points per game.


TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Arizona, FSN Southeast (Memphis)

ABOUT THE SUNS (18-41): Phoenix has the worst record in the Western Conference and didn't play center Tyson Chandler or backup point guard Brandon Knight in either of its first two games after the All-Star break. Suns coach Earl Watson opted to play post player Alan Williams and rookie point guard Tyler Ulis instead in perhaps identifying whether the two youngsters can be rotation players with the club. Williams averaged 16.5 points on 15-of-22 shooting in the two games and contributed a career-best 17 points while matching his career high of 15 rebounds in Sunday's 100-96 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, while Ulis averaged four points and three assists in the two contests.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (35-25): Twelve players have started at least one game for Memphis this season with the inability of small forward Chandler Parsons (29 starts) to stay healthy being a prime reason. Parsons has been unable to fully recover from a knee injury and averages just 19.4 minutes when he plays while his production has been subpar -- averaging 6.2 points and shooting 34.4 percent from the field and 25.6 percent from 3-point range. "We'll see as we move forward going down the stretch," Fizdale told reporters about the fifth starting position. "My agenda will always stay the same. How do I put the best players and the best team on the floor that I can?"

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Grizzlies won 10 of their past 13 home games against the Suns, including a 110-91 victory on Feb. 8.

2. Memphis PG Mike Conley scored 31 points versus Denver to top 30 for the second time in four games.

3. Phoenix SF T.J. Warren averaged 20 points on 19-of-28 shooting over the past two games.

PREDICTION: Grizzlies 101, Suns 94

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Phoenix 18-41 L2 10-18 8-23 1-5 17-36 3-8 7-32
Memphis 35-25 W1 18-11 17-14 2-2 33-23 6-2 25-13

Last Meeting

Phoenix Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/8/17 PHO 91 MEM 110 91 46 33.3 110 41 48.6

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHO D. Booker 20 46.2 8
MEM M. Conley 23 70.0 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHO T. Chandler 10 5 5
MEM J. Green 10 4 6
Assists Player  
PHO E. Bledsoe 3
MEM C. Parsons 7
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
PHO D. Booker 1324 42.8 265
MEM M. Gasol 1232 46.0 248
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
PHO T. Chandler 557 161 396
MEM Z. Randolph 468 133 335
Assists Player  
PHO E. Bledsoe 398
MEM M. Conley 322

Quickchart Matchup

Phoenix  Off vs  Memphis Def
107.0 Points For
99.5 Points Against
44.8 FG%
43.7 FG%
44.5 Reb
42.4 Reb
Memphis Off vs  Phoenix Def
100.8 Points For
112.5 Points Against
43.2 FG%
47.2 FG%
42.4 Reb
43.0 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Phoenix Overall Memphis
18-41 W/L 35-25
29-29-1 ATS 31-29-0
37-22-0 O/U 27-31-2
107.0 Pts For 100.8
112.5 Pts Against 99.6
Phoenix A/H Memphis
8-23 W/L 18-11
15-15-1 ATS 15-14-0
18-13-0 O/U 7-21-1
106.3 Pts For 97.7
113.6 Pts Against 95.1