Preview: Miami At Memphis

When: 8:00 PM  ET, Friday, November 25, 2016
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
Matchup Edge
MIA Edge in: MEM
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The Memphis Grizzlies are getting used to winning in different ways and look to record their seventh straight victory when they host the struggling Miami Heat on Friday in the opener of a home-and-home series. The Grizzlies won three in a row by blowout before outlasting the Philadelphia 76ers 104-99 in overtime on Wednesday after rallying from eight points down in the fourth quarter on the road.

“I keep saying the same thing. This team just finds a way,” Memphis coach David Fizdale, an assistant with Miami from 2008-16, told reporters. “They collectively, themselves, they gather themselves and they just find a way to grind games out. It’s the characteristics of a championship ball club.” The Heat are going in the opposite direction with eight losses in their last 10 games after a demoralizing 107-84 setback at Detroit on Wednesday. Miami, which hosts Memphis on Saturday, is 28th in the league in both scoring offense (95.1) and field-goal percentage (42.0). “Our offense is not where it needs to be,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters Wednesday after his team shot under 40 percent from the field for the second straight game.

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

ABOUT THE HEAT (4-10): Center Hassan Whiteside has been the most consistent and productive player, but even he had an off game Wednesday with just six points and eight rebounds against the Pistons. Whiteside (17.9 points, NBA-leading 15.4 rebounds, 2.57 blocks) and Goran Dragic (15.3 points, 5.6 assists) are the only two major threats on the offensive end for the Heat with Dwyane Wade gone and Chris Bosh unable to play. Guard Dion Waiters, who was brought in to provide offense, has been inconsistent while shooting 36.9 percent from the field.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (10-5): Point guard Mike Conley is averaging a team-high 19.6 points after falling short of a triple-double by one rebound and one assist in the victory over Philadelphia. Marc Gasol, who is averaging 17.9 points, scored 27 on Wednesday after managing just 30 combined his previous three contests while guard Troy Daniels added six in his first start with Memphis. Forward James Ennis, who is averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds after sitting out Wednesday’s game, is expected to miss about two weeks due to a strained right calf.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Grizzlies have won four of the last five meetings after splitting a pair last season. 

2. Miami G Justise Winslow has missed five straight games with a wrist injury and is considered day-to-day.
 
3. Memphis G Vince Carter is scoring 9.7 per game – better than both of the last two seasons – and is 41 made 3-pointers from 2,000 for his career.

PREDICTION: Grizzlies 101, Heat 92

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Miami 4-10 L2 2-5 2-5 0-0 4-10 2-2 3-6
Memphis 10-5 W6 5-2 5-3 0-1 10-4 2-0 7-3

Last Meeting

Miami Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
12/29/15 MIA 90 MEM 99 90 38 44.3 99 46 43.7

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIA C. Bosh 22 42.9 0
MEM M. Gasol 23 44.4 7
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIA H. Whiteside 11 2 9
MEM M. Gasol 8 0 8
Assists Player  
MIA G. Dragic 5
MEM M. Gasol 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
MIA H. Whiteside 339 56.9 59
MEM M. Conley 349 44.8 87
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
MIA H. Whiteside 277 81 196
MEM Z. Randolph 154 30 124
Assists Player  
MIA G. Dragic 101
MEM M. Conley 106

Quickchart Matchup

Miami  Off vs  Memphis Def
95.1 Points For
96.7 Points Against
42.0 FG%
43.6 FG%
45.6 Reb
41.0 Reb
Memphis Off vs  Miami Def
97.9 Points For
97.6 Points Against
42.3 FG%
42.9 FG%
41.0 Reb
46.0 Reb

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Miami Overall Memphis
4-10 W/L 10-5
6-8-0 ATS 8-7-0
6-8-0 O/U 7-7-1
95.1 Pts For 97.9
97.6 Pts Against 96.7
Miami A/H Memphis
2-5 W/L 5-2
3-4-0 ATS 4-3-0
3-4-0 O/U 3-4-0
94.6 Pts For 98.0
100.3 Pts Against 94.4