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2 things to watch as the Mavericks slap-fight with the Grizzlies

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This will be the final meeting between these two struggling teams this season.

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The Dallas Mavericks (20-45) will take on the Memphis Grizzlies (18-46) at American Arlines Center tonight in what will be the final meeting for these teams this season. This game features two of the NBA’s bottom-five teams, but the previous three meetings this season have actually been pretty enjoyable. So, if anything, maybe we can at least get another fun game out of this series.

Here are two things to watch for tonight.

Barring a huge tanking effort by Memphis, this should be a close one

As mentioned above, the previous games between the Mavs and Grizzlies have been close. In their first meeting, the Mavericks captured their first win of the season, 103-94, with Dennis Smith Jr. leading the way in his sixth ever NBA game, scoring 19 points and dishing out five assists to the delight of the home crowd. The very next night, the teams met in Memphis, and the Grizzlies flipped the script, pulling out a 96-91 win over the Mavs, despite 22 points and 11 rebounds from Harrison Barnes. The most recent meeting, however, was the most compelling, as the Mavs pulled off a miracle 95-94 win in Memphis off of Barnes’ desperation-heave game-winning three pointer with only 0.5 seconds left. Take a moment to relive that excitement!

Remember how fun winning can be? If we’re lucky, we’ll get another classic tonight, even though both of these teams don’t have much else to play for at this point in the season. I wouldn’t bet on it though, because if the season ended today, Memphis would have the best odds of getting the No. 1 pick in the draft this summer. The Mavs are in a similar situation, but it’s clear that they're still playing to win. Don’t be surprised if that’s the outcome tonight.

It could be a while before the Mavs play a team worse than them again

Through the end fo March, the Mavericks are set to play the Rockets, Knicks, Raptors, Nets, Pelicans, Jazz, Hornets, Kings, Lakers, and Timberwolves.

The Mavs and the Kings currently have the same record, and the Nets aren’t that much better, so there’s a chance that Dallas could run into a worse team — but the point is, it’s not going to get any easier for the Mavs going down the stretch. For the future of the franchise, that may not be a bad thing.

How to watch

The Mavs and Grizzlies tip off at 7:30 pm, Central time. The game can be watched on FSSW and NBA League Pass.