Memphis Grizzlies are coming from two consecutive wins against Utah Jazz (96:102) and red-hot LA Clippers (107:111), who were on a seven game winning streak. Grizzlies went into that match as a clear underdogs, but surprised everyone. Marc Gasol seemed to learn how to shot 3-pointers, as he managed to score four 3-pointers in that game. It might not seem as a lot, but bear in mind, to this match, he had twelve 3-pointers in his whole career. So scoring one or two 3-pointers in the upcoming match could make a big difference. Two of the best scorers for Grizzlies were Gasol, who finished the match with 26 points and Conley with 30 points. Going into the next match, Grizzlies are hoping to continue their great form. They will sadly be without Allen and Ennis.
Dallas Mavericks are in a terrible form this season and a chance of competing in play-offs is slowly drifting away from their grasp. The 2-8 Mavericks are going to host Grizzlies, who are improving a lot in recent games. A huge problem for the home side will be 3 missing player; Nowitzki, Harris and Barea who will not be able to help a Dallas team who has now 3 consecutive defeats behind them. There needs to be a reason Mavericks perform so bad and I believe one of the main issues is their offence. Dallas is second worst team when it comes to scoring points. With 93.7 points per game on average, they are at 29th place in the league. They do have a good defence (only allowing opponents to score 100.2 points per game), but not good enough to compensate for their poor offence.
Mavericks won last three matchups against Grizzlies, but looking at the state they are now in, I do not believe this fact is of any use to determine a winner today. Grizzlies are a better team at this time and I believe they have an upper hand in the match against weakened Mavericks.
Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies -1.5
Odds: 1.81 SBOBET