National Basketball Association
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Atlanta at Memphis
When: 9:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 11, 2017
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis Grizzlies aren't feeling too good about themselves these days as they carry a season-high four-game losing streak into Saturday's home game against the Hawks, the opener of the two-game season series that concludes Thursday in Atlanta. Memphis was one of four NBA teams yielding fewer than 100 points before allowing an average of 115.8 during its slide, including a 114-98 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

“We need to respond with desperation. It's time,'' Grizzlies guard Mike Conley told reporters. "We can't talk about it, and continue to say we're going to do the right things. We've got to go out there and do it." It doesn't appear Memphis' recent struggles will cost them a trip to the postseason as it owns a seven-game lead on ninth-place Portland in the Western Conference, but it fell into a tie for sixth with Oklahoma City - five games behind No. 4 Utah. The Hawks were heading down the same path as the Grizzlies, losing six of eight before righting the ship by validating Wednesday's 110-105 victory over Brooklyn with a key 105-99 win over Toronto on Friday. Dennis Schroder scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help Atlanta get within two games of the Raptors for fourth place - and homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs - while winning the season series 2-1, securing the potentially important tiebreaker.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, FSN Southeast (Atlanta, Memphis)

ABOUT THE HAWKS (36-29): Schroder averaged 26.7 points in his last three games to raise his season number to 17.9, just behind Paul Millsap's team-leading 18.3 points per game. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 20 points Friday to extend his career-best streak of consecutive games with 10 or more points to 20 - the longest run by an Atlanta player since Millsap did in 25 straight last season. Thabo Sefolosha was late for pregame warmups Friday after getting caught in traffic and was scratched from the starting lineup, scoring four points in 25 minutes.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (36-29): Marc Gasol produces a team-high 20.4 points per game and needs 12 3-point field goals and 13 blocks to become the first center in NBA history to record at least 100 threes, 100 blocks and 200 assists in a season. Chandler Parsons continues to struggle with knee soreness as the forward, who signed a four-year, $94-plus million contract during the offseason, did not play Thursday and averages 6.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and 19.8 minutes in 33 games this season. Mike Conley (19.96 points per game) scored 13 points Thursday - the first time he recorded fewer than 23 in five games, averaging 29 during that span.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Memphis F Zach Randolph is third among active players with 476 double-doubles, trailing Atlanta’s Dwight Howard (655) and San Antonio’s Pau Gasol (511).

2. Through Thursday's games, the Grizzlies allowed the fewest points in the paint at 38.4 per game with the Hawks third at 38.6.

3. Atlanta swept last season's two-game series by a combined 27 points with Millsap averaging 22 points and 10.5 rebounds.

PREDICTION: Grizzlies 101, Hawks 100
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Atlanta 36-29 W2 19-15 17-14 4-2 32-27 5-8 25-15
Memphis 36-29 L4 19-13 17-16 2-2 34-27 6-4 26-16
Last Meeting
Atlanta Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/12/16 MEM 83 ATL 95 95 47 42.9 83 58 34.7
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Atlanta P. Millsap 21 50.0 5
Memphis L. Stephenson 18 58.3 4
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Atlanta T. Sefolosha 11 2 9
Memphis T. Allen 9 5 4
Assists Player  
Atlanta J. Teague 7
Memphis L. Stephenson 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Atlanta D. Schroder 1195 45.8 194
Memphis M. Gasol 1328 46.0 266
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Atlanta D. Howard 824 264 560
Memphis Z. Randolph 510 150 360
Assists Player  
Atlanta D. Schroder 424
Memphis M. Conley 351
Quickchart Matchup
Atlanta Atlanta Off vs  Memphis Memphis Defense
Atlanta Off vs Memphis - Points For 103.9 Points For
Atlanta Off vs Memphis - Points Against 100.7 Points Against
Atlanta - FG% 45.6 FG%
Memphis - FG% 44.3 FG%
Atlanta - Reb 44.2 Reb
Memphis - Reb 42.3 Reb
Memphis Memphis Off vs  Atlanta Atlanta Defense
Memphis Off vs Atlanta - Points For 101.4 Points For
Memphis Off vs Atlanta - Points Against 104.6 Points Against
Memphis - FG% 43.5 FG%
Atlanta - FG% 44.7 FG%
Memphis - Reb 43.1 Reb
Atlanta - Reb 43.8 Reb