The Grizzlies have surprised a lot of people around the league, and are pushing for their first playoff berth in three seasons, after going through some brutal rebuilding years, finishing fourteenth and twelfth in the past two years.
The last time these two teams met was back in November last year, where the Mavericks handed the Grizzlies a 16-point defeat in Memphis.
Since 2020 has ticked over, the Grizzlies have boasted an impressive 12-4 record, while the Mavericks have played just above a .500 level with a 10-7 record, and winning six of their last 10 games.
Here’s three things to consider as the Mavericks host Memphis.
I would rather face an actual grizzly bear than Ja Morant right now.
The rookie sensation and number two overall pick in the 2019 draft has been on a tear of recent, and has created havoc for a lot of teams over the course of his short time in the NBA so far. All eyes and attention have been on number one pick, Zion Williamson and his arrival to the league, while Morant has shown he is more than just a second choice.
Morant is averaging 17.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists so far this season, and could cause the Mavericks a world of headaches at the guard position with his basketball IQ and athleticism.
What should we expect from Kristaps Porzingis?
After Luka Doncic went down with an ankle injury last week, the entire Mavericks squad was going to have to lift if they wanted to get some wins on the board in his absence. So far, a couple of players have risen to the occasion, but no one else more than Porzingis, especially after his 38-point outburst against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.
The Mavericks will have to figure out how to get Porzingis clicking at the same time as Doncic, but for now, if he keeps putting up these impressive numbers, Dallas should be able to secure some more wins while Luka sits out for some extended time.
During Doncic’s three game absence, Porzingis has put up 36.5 points and 12 rebounds, while shooting 55 percent from the field.
Each team could score 150 points
Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but neither of these teams have been shutting down their opponents on the defensive end, and particularly the Grizzlies - who allow the fourth-most points per game in the NBA.
On the other side of the court, both teams are in the top 10 in scoring, and like to push the ball up and down the floor.
The NBA style and landscape is forever changing, with a faster pace and teams jacking up shots at a record pace. Some people love it, some people hate it, but hey, it’s a Tuesday night game and I say bring on ALL OF THE POINTS, let’s get wild with it.
How to watch
The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. CT and can be watched on Fox Sports Southwest or NBA League Pass.