Memphis is basically a better version of Indiana, and we know how that one turned out yesterday (L 114-103). Fortunately for the Hawks, this game is at home in Philips Arena. It’ll be eager to see the how the Grizzlies look as a result of their recent roster changes that shipped Rudy Gay and Marreese Speights out, and replaced them with the Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, and Ed Davis. These were mostly cost-cutting measures, but it could be a blessing in disguise for Memphis, as Gay had struggled, and the Speights-to-Davis change is an upgrade. Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph present a very, very difficult match-up for Smith and Horford, as both guys will be at a significant size/strength disadvantage in this one. On the plus side, Memphis doesn’t present any lethal shooters on the perimeter, so the Hawks may be able to speed them and cause havoc without threat of being burned by open threes. Look for Kyle Korver to be a focus of the offense for Atlanta, as Memphis will be keying on Smith and company in the lane. This may be the second consecutive game where the point guard match-up decides things, as Mike Conley plays suffocating defense, and Jeff Teague will need to be able to initiate offense to keep things going for Atlanta. Memphis isn’t a fun team to play, but the Hawks did get a win in Memphis by a 93-83 tally back in December so confidence shouldn’t be lacking.
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Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Memphis Grizzlies
What?: East vs West Showdown (Game #48, Home Game #25)
Where?: Philips Arena (Atlanta, GA)
When?: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 – 7:30 PM (EST)
How?: SportSouth HDTV / 680 AM & 93.7 FM
Projected Starting Lineups
PG: Jeff Teague | SG: Kyle Korver | SF: Anthony Tolliver | PF: Josh Smith | C: Al Horford
PG: Mike Conley | SG: Tony Allen | SF: Tayshaun Prince | PF: Zach Randolph | C: Marc Gasol
Injury/Inactive Players Report
Atlanta Hawks: Devin Harris (sore left foot) is probable. Zaza Pachulia (sore right Achilles), DeShawn Stevenson (sore knees) and Lou Williams (torn right ACL) are all out.
Memphis Grizzlies: Quincy Pondexter (left MCL sprain) is out.
Current Records/Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (26-21) … Memphis Grizzlies (30-17)
Streak: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 2 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 2 … Memphis Grizzlies –> OVERALL: Lost 1 / HOME: Lost 1 / ROAD: Lost 1
Home/Away Records: Hawks are (16-8) at home … Grizzlies are (12-9) away.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold.
Memphis Grizzlies: Lukewarm.
Season/Past Season Series
The Grizzlies come to Philips Arena for the only time this year in the second-and-final contest with the Hawks. Atlanta posted a 93-83 road win in the first meeting (12/8) behind 24 points from Josh Smith, Lou Williams’ 21 points and Al Horford’s double-double (19 points/14 rebounds). Zach Randolph’s 18 points and 13 boards paced Memphis. The Grizzlies won the last game between the clubs at Philips Arena, a 96-77 triumph on 2/2/12. The Hawks lead the all-time series 22-11, including a 13-4 advantage at home.
LAST MEETING — HAWKS 93, GRIZZLIES 83 — FEDEX FORUM — 12/8/12
A back-and-forth opening stanza ended with the Grizzlies holding a 22-21 advantage, which they increased to 47-41 at the break. Memphis pushed the lead to eight early in the third but the Hawks answered with a 20-0 run, outscoring the home team 32-13 for the period. The Grizzlies crept within six in the fourth but the Hawks made the plays down the stretch for the victory. Josh Smith led all scorers with 24 points and Lou Williams put in 21 off the bench. Al Horford notched a double-double with 19 points and game-high 14 rebounds, and Jeff Teague added 13 points. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol each scored 18 for Memphis, with Randolph adding 13 boards. Atlanta outscored the Grizzlies in fast break points 15-5 and 17-5 in points off turnovers.
Jeff Teague and Mike Conley played AAU ball together in Indianapolis. Anthony Tolliver was teammates with Jerryd Bayless (Portland in the 2009-10 season). Kenny Atkinson coached Zach Randolph as an assistant with the Knicks during the 2008-09 campaign.
Information was used from the Hawks and Grizzlies official gamenotes