It’s an interconference matchup on the hardwood with an early-season tilt in the Big Apple. The Memphis Grizzlies are on the road as they make the trip to face the Brooklyn Nets Monday night. Memphis was dropped 122-112 at home by Atlanta in their last game on Saturday night. Brooklyn faced Charlotte on the road Sunday night so they are playing the second game of a back-to-back situation. In their most recent game, the Nets routed the Celtics 123-95 on the road on Christmas Day. The Grizzlies own a 24-23 edge in the all-time regular season series between the teams and took both meetings last season. That includes a 118-79 road victory in the most recent matchup on March 4, 2020.
Memphis Grizzlies Seeking First Win of Season
Memphis has struggled a bit out of the gate, especially on the defensive end of the floor and that proved to be their undoing against the Hawks Saturday night. The Grizzlies are 0-2 on the year so they look for their first win of the season in this contest. Against Atlanta, Memphis hung tough but wilted in the fourth quarter with the game in the balance to end up with the loss. The Grizzlies trailed by five after the opening quarter and by two at the half before taking a one-point lead after three quarters. In the fourth, Memphis led by one with 5:04 to play before giving up a 7-0 run over the next 90 seconds to go down 110-104 and never recovered. The Grizzlies shot 39.8 percent from the field, including 13 of 43 from three-point range, and lost the rebounding battle 54-46 in the contest. Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 28 points and seven assists in the loss.
On the season, the Grizzlies are 11th in the league in scoring offense as they average 115.5 points per game this season. Memphis is 15th in the league in rebounding with 44 boards a night while the team is 17th by dishing out an average of 23.5 assists a night. The Grizzlies are sputtering defensively as they are 28th in the league by allowing an average of 126.5 points per contest. Ja Morant leads the team as he averages 36 points plus eight assists a night. Dillon Brooks puts up 17.5 points a night, Jonas Valanciunas chips in 14.5 points plus 12.5 rebounds a contest while Kyle Anderson adds 13.5 points plus 12 boards a contest. The Grizzlies look to Grayson Allen, John Konchar, Desmond Bane, Brandon Clarke and Gorgui Dieng to contribute. In addition, the team hopes to get Jaren Jackson Jr., Killian Tillie and Justise Winslow back in the near future to bolster their rotation. Memphis stands 17th in field goal percentage as they connect on 45.7 percent of their attempts from the floor on the season. The Grizzlies splash an average of 11.5 three-pointers a night, putting them 18th in that category. Memphis is 19th in three-point field goal percentage as they knock down 32.9 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc this season.
Brooklyn Nets Play Second Game of Back-to-Back
Brooklyn was on the road against Charlotte on Sunday night so they are going to be playing on short rest here as they’ll have to fly in after the contest. The Nets have looked good in their first two games this season, wiping out the Warriors and Celtics by a combined 54 points. Against Boston, Brooklyn used a dominant second half to put the Celtics away and cruise to a victory. The Nets led by four after the opening quarter and trailed by three at the half before getting things going. In the second half, Brooklyn outscored Boston 72-41 to end up drubbing the Celtics. Brooklyn shot 53.9 percent from the field, including 15 of 29 from three-point range, and held Boston to 37.8 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving led the Nets with 37 points, six rebounds and eight assists against his former team.
For the year, Brooklyn is fifth in the league in scoring offense as they put up an average of 124 points per game. The Nets are eighth in rebounding as they collect 50 boards a night while they are 23rd by dishing out an average of 22.5 assists per contest. Brooklyn has been good on the defensive end of the floor, ranking first in the league by allowing 97 points a night. Kyrie Irving leads the team with 31.5 points, five rebounds and six assists per contest this season. Kevin Durant averages 25.5 points per game while Caris LeVert puts up 15.5 points, five rebounds and four assists a night. Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie, Landry Shamet, Jeff Green, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince are among the secondary options that Steve Nash has in a deep rotation. Brooklyn is eighth in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 49.4 percent from the floor as a team on the year. The Nets are fourth in the league by draining 15 three-pointers a night while they stand second in the league by sinking a blistering 46.9 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.