Sixers vs. Grizzlies Preview: Opposites Collide

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Even after the Grizzlies lost in Toronto by 13 last night, they're still 14 point favorites over the Sixers tonight in Philly according Bovada Las Vegas. Oddsmakers are smelling a team-record 20-straight losses.

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season
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February 1, 2014
Wells Fargo Center
7:30 PM
CSN Philly/3M's/Marc Zumoff, Malik Rose, and Molly Sullivan
Probable Starters
Michael Carter-Williams PG Mike Conley
James Anderson SG Courtney Lee
Hollis Thompson SF Tayshawn Prince
Thaddeus Young PF Zach Randolph
Henry Sims C Marc Gasol
2013/14 Advanced Stats
102.5 (1) Pace 92.2 (30)
95.9 (30) ORtg 103.0 (18)
107.3 (27) DRtg 102.4 (0)
Game Officials
Michael Levin
Hannah Pavorsky
Sam Hinkie

Tonight's impending matchup on the Wells Fargo Center court, is a literal clash of opposites. The Sixers rank No. 1 in the NBA in pace and the Grizzlies rank dead last in the league. There's no right or wrong way to pace the game of basketball, it's simply a matter of preference. Brett Brown has constantly stated he believes increasing the tempo will cause better teams to get tired and ultimately take poor shots when the offense fails to produce off tired legs. The Grizzlies, formerly under Lionel Hollins and now led by Dave Joerger, preach "Grit 'N Grind," slowing the game down with tenacious defense and wearing their opponents out by forcing them to use the entire shot clock on each offensive possession.

The Sixers will run tonight, but once the Grizzlies stop that initial open-court attack, the half-court offense is going to look bad. Rebecca Black's Friday bad.

I said Wednesday night the Sixers won't win another game this season. I'm certainly not backing down from that claim tonight with a battle-tested Grizzlies team surging at the right time. Not to mention the fact that Memphis' size should demolish whatever lesser Sixers big man is in front of them.

Good luck with Mike Conley, too, MC Dubs.

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