After three games since the Grizzlies’ shakeup of their bench, Memphis sits at 4th in the Western Conference standings, two games ahead of the Golden State Warriors.
The first two games of the Grizzlies’ new look lineup couldn’t have gone better, but they sputtered at home against the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday afternoon, behind a barrage of Ryan Anderson three-point shots.
Memphis now will look to take it’s act on the road to The City of Brotherly Love to try and get back on the right track.
The 76ers are currently 18-25 and 2.5 games out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Of all of the teams in the East, Philadelphia stands to gain the most from Rajon Rondo’s untimely knee injury as the Celtics may be a prime candidate to slide back and out of the playoffs.
Philadelphia has underachieved a bit to this point in the season, but that could be attributed mainly to the absence of Andrew Bynum, their acquisition as part of the Dwight Howard trade over the offseason. Bynum was supposed to solidify and give Philly some legitimacy, but he hasn’t played a minute for the 76ers and appears to be another few weeks away from any sort of action period.
Philly is led by Jrue Holiday, who averages 19.4 points per game. Holiday has emerged for the 6ers after the departure of Lou Williams’ to Atlanta as he has become their go-to guy and primary ball-handler. Taking Andre Iguodala’s spot at small forward is 2010 draft pick Evan Turner who averages 14 points and almost 7 rebounds a night.
A low-scoring game goes the Grizzlies’ way as they have more offensive options down the stretch and they get right on the road ahead of a big match-up in Oklahoma City on Thursday night.