The Memphis Grizzlies (30-14) host the Dallas Mavericks (22-19) amid a franchise-best eleven-game winning streak.
The bad boys from Beale Street haven’t lost since Dec. 23, 2021 and own the best record in the NBA since Dec. 1.
Even more so, the team has been winning games without their head coach for some of these wins. Taylor Jenkins has missed some time to attend a funeral and for being in Health & Safety Protocols.
It just goes to show you the foundation this franchise has laid and the buy-in from players, personnel and training staff.
The Grizzlies now turn their attention to winning their twelfth consecutive game when Dallas comes to town. Memphis defeated the Mavs Dec. 4 on the road 97-90, but lost Dec 8 in Memphis 96-104.
Let’s take a look at what to expect in this Southwest Divisional game.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Dallas Mavericks odds tonight
Grizzlies -3.0 (-110)
Mavericks +3.0 (-110)
Over 218.5 (-110)
Under 218.5 (-110)
Memphis enters the game as 3-point favorites on the spread. Without Kristaps Porzingis, the Grizzlies will try to lean on Jaren Jackson, Jr. to exploit Dallas’ vulnerable frontcourt.
Memphis Grizzlies injury report
- Killian Tillie – Out (Health & Safety Protocols)
- Yves Pons – Out (right ankle soreness, Health & Safety Protocols)
- Dillon Brooks – Out (left ankle sprain)
Grizzlies starting line-up vs Dallas
Assuming Adams is still a no-go, we’ll continue to see the line-up that’s worked best in his absence: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Ziaire Williams, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson, Jr.
Memphis Grizzlies vs Dallas Mavericks Jan. 14 prediction
The Grizzlies are going to face one of the most skilled players in the NBA when Dallas’ Luka Doncic returns to Memphis.
Doncic has virtually averaged a triple-double in the month of January, in which the Mavericks are 4-1. He’s got a stat line of 20.8 ppg, 10.4 apg, 9.8 rpg and 1.8 spg.
The Grizzlies hope their defense and incredible deep bench will help keep them fresh, coming off a back-to-back. Memphis has won three sets of back-to-back games during this eleven-game winning streak (Dec. 26 and 27, Jan. 3 and 4, Jan. 8 and 9).
Expect Ja Morant to have a bounce-back game against Dallas (16 points on 5 of 16 shooting from the field against Minnesota Jan. 13).
Memphis is more focused than any team in the NBA right now and there’s no reason to think the good times stop rolling against Dallas.
Jaren Jackson will have a big night without Porzingis and Bane will get lots of three-point looks from a penetrating Morant.
Prediction: Grizzlies 121, Mavericks 114
How to watch the Grizzlies vs Mavericks on TV
You can watch the Memphis Grizzlies on Bally’s Sports Southeast in the Memphis area. Additionally, this game will be broadcast live on ESPN. You can stream the game from the ESPN app (cable/satellite subscription may be required).