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The Rockets look to defeat divisional foe Memphis tonight in Houston.

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Memphis Grizzlies
@ Houston Rockets

Saturday, Dec 22, 2012, 7:00 PM CST
Toyota Center

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Straight Outta Vancouver

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If you follow tennis (as I do, sometimes), you'll hear that men's tennis going through a "Golden Age" of the sport. As of right now, there are four players who are head and shoulders above everyone else, and they can do incredible things on any given day. What makes it even crazier is that guys 5-15 aren't slouches either. They just don't have the otherworldly skills possessed by the top 4.

I think we're going through a different age in professional team sports, and that's one where a few teams that normally have been stomped on in recent years have turned their fortunes around.

The Washington Redskins control their own destiny in the playoff hunt.

As early as two years ago, I watched the Texans and wondered if they would ever make the playoffs.

The Washington Nationals finished with the best record in baseball this past season.

Not to jump on hockey, but the LA Kings won the Stanley Cup last year.

The LA Clippers are suddenly not just relevant, but a real contender.

And the Memphis Grizzlies are no longer that team from Vancouver that's just hoping to finish .500 and not lose money on the season.

Good for them, and what an incredible signing in getting John Hollinger for their front office staff.

Tip off is at 7pm CST.

Matchups:

Point Guard: Jeremy Lin vs. Mike Conley

I'm ignoring this matchup because something has really been bothering me.

Just to try this out, I'd like you to answer a question, so please answer the poll.

Advantage: Even

Shooting Guard: James Harden vs. Tony Allen

Fact #1: Tony Allen is the worst starter on the Grizzlies.

Fact #2: Tony Allen is a really good player.

Fact #3: Facts number 1 and 2 should scare you.

Advantage: Rockets

Small Forward: Chandler Parsons vs. Rudy Gay

It's always interesting to think of the direction the Rockets would have taken if they don't make the Gay-Battier trade. In fact, that's my next non-preview post.

Advantage: Grizzlies

Power Forward: Marcus Morris vs. Zach Randolph

Yep, there's no way Z-Bo will be able to coexist with Rudy Gay. He's only averaging 17/13? What a scrub.

Expect to see a lot of guys getting minutes here against the Memphis bigs. The Rockets just don't have the size to match up with them.

Advantage: Grizzlies

Center: Omer Asik vs. Marc Gasol

A couple of steps in the right direction for Omer. Now, he's just got to sustain it.

Advantage: Even

Bench/Rotation Players

Rockets: Toney Douglas, Carlos Delfino, Terrence Jones, Greg Smith

Grizzlies: Darrell Arthur, Marreese Speights, Quincy Pondexter, Jerryd Bayless, Wayne Ellington

Advantage: Grizzlies

Prediction: Rockets lose 102-93.