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Dallas Mavericks vs. Memphis Grizzlies Preview: Getting the groove back against Gasol and Co.

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Dallas hopes to prevent its first three game losing streak of the season by taking a 2-1 division series lead over the Memphis Grizzlies

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What have the Memphis Grizzlies done lately?

Memphis is wrapping up a five game home stand, having lost only once in their last eight games. That lone loss? TheDallas Mavericks. Memphis will be looking for revenge after a game they felt was poorly officiated.

What's the biggest match-up to watch?

After two games, it's safe to say there are a lot of fantastic match-ups. But it should all come down to whether or not Tony Allen can get into the head of Monta Ellis. Ellis turned in one of his worst performances in a Maverick uniform in the first match-up, scoring just two points and missing 10 of 11 shots. The second game saw Monta take it to Tony early, as he set the pace for Dallas with 25 points and 7 assists. Allen is such a fantastic man defender, if Ellis manages to get him in foul trouble early, it changes a great deal of what Memphis needs to do defensively to win.

Which Mavericks player might be due for a big game?

Dirk Nowitzki is a major candidate after missing a number of good looks late against the Pelicans on Sunday. He's had a day to stew at home after a long month spent mainly on the road. However, I think Chandler Parsons is going to come to play. His six point, one rebound game was so...uninspiring? Awful? Depressing? We have some ideas about how he could be used better, but at a certain point it becomes about pride. I know talking in coach-speak is probably illegal in the days of advanced stats, but it's exceptionally difficult to get 30 minutes of playing time in a modern NBA game and be that invisible. Maybe some home cooking will do him good. All I know is I'd like to see our key offseason acquisition look like more than a bit player.

Which team stat might determine the game?

Both Dallas and Memphis rank in the bottom ten in the league in terms of defending against the three point shot. Other than foul trouble, the three point shot has been a key deciding factor in both games this season, with Dallas connecting on a red hot 43 percent of attempts from beyond the arc against the Grizzlies. Sure, the sample size is low, but the Grizzlies needed to connect on half of their attempts in the first match up to hold off a Mavs squad that had both Dirk Nowitzki and Ellis struggling. If Dallas can manage to keep getting clean looks at the basket, they could very well bury the Grizzlies.

Game information

Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. on TXA 21