Memphis Grizzlies travel to Brooklyn

Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Grizzlies (26-11) will face the Brooklyn Nets (16-22) tonight at 7:30 PM EST to begin a two-game road trip. The Grizzlies are expected to be at full strength tonight with Mike Conley (ankle) and Tony Allen (hamstring) listed as probable for the game. The Brooklyn Nets on the other hand will certainly not be at full strength. Their starting point guard Deron Williams is out with a fractured rib and Kevin Garnett is out due to a suspension for head-butting Dwight Howard.

With Garnett and Williams both out, the Grizzlies should walk away with the win fairly easily. The only thing the Grizzlies really need to worry about is the interior play of Brook Lopez and Mason Plumlee, who both have the ability to wreak havoc inside. If Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph win the battle in the paint and prevent those two guys from going off, the Grizzlies will win this game. If on the other hand, Randolph and Gasol are the ones who get outperformed in the paint, we may end up seeing a Brooklyn Nets victory.

The most intriguing aspect of this game is that Jeff Green is expected to make his Grizzlies debut. Many people including myself believe that the addition of Jeff Green makes the Grizzlies a very serious championship threat. He gives them another solid scoring option as well as another legitimate long-ball threat. Even though the Nets are a weak team, we should get an early taste of what to expect from this Grizzlies team going forward now that they have Jeff Green. That in and of itself is a reason to watch this game.