dallas mavericks vs memphis grizzlies prediction and preview

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NBA dallas mavericks vs memphis grizzlies prediction and preview


 

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The Memphis Grizzlies will look to bounce back from A Loss when visiting the Lone Star State on Monday to play the Dallas Mavericks. Memphis is 13-13 and in second place in the Southwest Division 2 ½ games behind the first-place San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies were routed by the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night 128-97. Memphis was playing its fourth game in five nights and rested regulars Grayson Allen, Kyle Anderson and Brandon Clark, but Justice Winslow returned for the Grizzlies after missing over one year due to different injuries.

Dallas will also be looking to bounce back from a loss when hosting Memphis on Sunday after the Mavericks were defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers 121-118 last Sunday. Dallas had its most recent game against the Houston Rockets postponed due to covid protocols. The Mavericks are 13-15 and in third place in the Southwest Division 3 ½ games behind first-place San Antonio and one game behind Monday's opponent Memphis. Prior to the loss to Portland, Dallas had won four straight and the Mavericks have their offense clicking again. During the four game winning streak, Dallas scored 134, 127, 118 and 143 points.

 

Winslow Returns But Injuries Continue to Bother Grizzlies

Justise Winslow returned for the first time in over one year to play for Memphis on Saturday night, but the Grizzlies continue to be plagued by injuries. Dillon Brooks and Brandon Clark are both questionable for Monday's game with Dallas, while Jaren Jackson Jr is out until mid-march and Killian Tillie is out indefinitely. Memphis is scoring an average of 111.1 points per game. The leading scorer is Ja Morant with an average of 18.9 points per game. Morant is also the assist leader for Memphis with a team-high 7.8 assists per game. The Grizzlies are averaging 27.8 assists per game while turning the ball over 13.5 times per game for a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio.

 

Jonas Valanciunas is second in scoring for Memphis with an average of 16.2 points per game and is the king of the boards for the Grizzlies with an average of 11.0 rebounds per game. Memphis averages 44.3 rebounds per game with 33.2 on the defensive end in 11.1 off the offensive glass. The defense for Memphis averages 9.8 steals and 4.6 blocked shots per game with Brooks the leader in steals with an average of 1.3 per game and Clarke the swats leader with an average of 0.8 blocked shots per game. Memphis is allowing an average of 112.4 points per game.

 

Mavericks offense beginning to click

Dallas has increased its scoring to an average of 112.9 points per game following a run of five games in which the Mavericks scored between 118 and 143 points with Dallas winning four of those five games. Luka Doncic continues to fill the hole the best for Dallas with a team-high 29.1 points per game, followed by Kristaps Porzingis with an average of 20.5 points per game. Doncic also dishes it off the best with a team-high 9.4 assists per game. Dallas averages 23.1 assists per game and turns the ball over at a rate of just 11.5 times per game for a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.

 

The leading rebounder for Dallas is Doncic with an average of 8.6 per game out of the 42.3 rebounds per game Dallas averages as a team. The Mavericks pull down an average of 33.8 rebounds off the defensive boards and 8.6 off the offensive glass. Dallas is averaging 6.5 steals in 4.5 block shots per game with Doncic the leader in steals with an average of 1.0 per game and James Johnson the swat commander with an average of 0.8 blocked shots per game. The Mavericks are holding opponents to an average of 114.6 points per game.

Injury Report: Dallas does not have any players listed on its injury report.