After a fantastic win against the Houston Rockets, this Dallas team somehow has the longest active winning streak in the NBA (despite missing two starters) and is looking for win number six. What can we expect as they take on the injury-plagued Memphis Grizzlies, who finally ended a six-game streak of their own this week?
What happened last time these teams met?
Dallas leads the season series 2-1, with the last victory coming in overtime in Memphis. It was a good win against a team that was much closer to full strength than the team the Mavericks will face Friday night.
What have the Grizzlies done lately?
The Grizzlies have missed more games due to injuries this season than any team in the NBA except the Pelicans. Tonight, they'll be without Marc Gasol and Mike Conley (both of whom are out for the season), among others. Prepare to either impress your friends with your D-League expertise or spend a lot of time saying "wait, who?" during this one.
But despite their misfortune, Memphis will be coming into tonight's game on two nights of rest and after snapping a six-game losing streak with a much-needed win against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
What are the playoff implications for this game?
With just four games left in the season and the home stretch looking tough for both teams, this is a HUGE game for everyone involved. Dallas and Memphis both face tough schedules in the home stretch: the Grizzlies will face Golden State twice as well as the Clippers in the coming week, while Dallas will face the Clippers and the Jazz (with whom they're fighting for one of the remaining playoff spots) before ending the season against San Antonio.
This could be both teams' best chance at a win. If the Grizzlies win, they secure a playoff berth. Despite Dallas' recent win steak, the team is still in a tighter race (and currently has a lower seed) than Memphis and needs every win it can get over the next week.
How to watch
Tonight's game will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Central on NBA TV.