On the Schedule: The Memphis Grizzlies Could Get Over .500
What to watch for on tonight's NBA schedule.
Memphis vs. Portland: Don't look now, but the Grizz, who have won three straight, could go over the .500 mark with a win against the reeling Blazers. Portland is starting patchwork frontcourt that includes Juwan Howard and Jeff Pendergraph getting big minutes. The Grizzlies start huge inside scorers Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, who should both have big games.
Philadelphia vs. Washington: Both teams are terrible, but both could also vie for most disappointing. The finally healthy Wizards were supposed to join the ranks of the Eastern elite, while Philadelphia stretched Orlando in the playoffs last season. Also, something to watch: there's a chance the Sixers could release Allen Iverson before the deadline Wednesday, which would guarantee his contract for the rest of the season.
Houston vs. LA Lakers: A rematch of a seven game playoff series with both teams looking slightly different. Ron Artest and Trevor Ariza switched teams (although Artest likely won't play) and Yao is out for the season. Both teams largely are what they were a year ago — the Lakers clearly the class of the league and the Rockets a scrappy group of overachievers capable of bothering any elite team and pulling off an upset.
Detroit vs. Dallas: The Pistons try to end a nine game losing streak, their longest since the 1990s, and the Mavs try to rebound from a humbling loss to LA.
Also on the schedule: Chicago vs. Charlotte; Orlando vs. Indiana; Denver vs. Golden State; Milwaukee vs. New Jersey; Phoenix vs. Sacramento.