Preview: Memphis Grizzlies (48-24) @ Minnesota Timberwolves (26-45)

Mar 22, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) looks on in the final moments of the fourth quarter of a game against the New Orleans Hornets at the New Orleans Arena. The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 90-83. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off Friday night’s 103-94 victory over the Houston Rockets in which Tony Allen and the Memphis Grizzlies held James Harden to 7 points on 3-9 shooting — with nary a single free throw attempt, the Grizz visit the Wolves at Target Center. With a half game separating the 5th seeded Grizzlies from the 4th seeded Los Angeles Clippers, both teams are a middling 5-5 over their last 10 as the Denver Nuggets have leapfrogged them both to take the 3rd seed (although they were dealt a blow with Ty Lawson’s Plantar Fascia tear) — the Grizzlies would do well to take this Timberwolves squad seriously.

Grizzlies probable starting lineup:

PG Mike Conley

SG Tony Allen

SF Tayshaun Prince

PF Zach Randolph

C Marc Gasol

Randolph is only averaging 12 points and 8 rebounds over his last 5 games (mostly due to a 3 point game he suffered against New York last Wednesday), but he had a nice game against Houston, shooting 6-12 from the field, scoring 21 points, hitting 9 of 10 free throws and pulling down 12 rebounds.

Allen is averaging 2 steals over his last 5 and is on a bit of a scoring binge (for him), throwing up 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting against the Knicks and 16 points on 8 of 12 shooting against the Rockets.

Gasol has 10 rebounds in 2 games since missing 2 games with an abdomen injury. He and Z-Bo led Memphis in scoring against Houston with 21 points, Gasol’s on 12 shots — and is one of the few humans alive who can bully Pek.

Wolves probable starting lineup:

PG Ricky Rubio

SG Luke Ridnour

SF Andrei Kirilenko

PF Derrick Williams

C Nikola Pekovic

Conley ate Rubio’s lunch the last time the two faced. Before leaving the blowout with a groin injury, Ricky had 2 points on 1 of 6 shooting while Conley did what he felt and finished with 20 points while you would have had a hard time finding a Memphis player who struggled to do what they wanted against the Wolves in that game.

Rubio is shooting 46% and averaging 14 points, 8 assists and 3 steals over his last 5 games.

Topics: Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Pregame, Preview

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