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Houston Rockets vs. Memphis Grizzlies game preview

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Memphis Grizzlies v Dallas Mavericks Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

If you had told me the Rockets would go 2-1 on this homestand against the Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Memphis Grizzlies, I would have taken that every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

With Houston’s blowout of the Jazz and clutch win over the Cavs, the Rockets have earned a 2-1 record at worst on this stretch. Now it’s time to get greedy.

The Grizzlies are the only team that the Rockets have played this season that they have not bested. Obviously, the Grizzlies have played incredibly well early in the season and reports of their demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Memphis comes into tonight’s game with three days off after a tough road win in Portland.

The last time these teams met, none of the Grizzlies starters scored in double digits. 99 times out of 100, that’s a win for the Rockets. However, the Grizz got 24 points on 9-11 shooting from a pissed off Chandler Parsons, 15 from Mario Chalmers, and 14 from Tyreke Evans off the bench.

For Houston, only Ryan Anderson really showed up offensively.

I expect Houston to take this game seriously. They know the score. Memphis started the season series 2-0 against Houston last year as well, and the Rockets won the final two games to even it up.

If the Rockets want a chance in this one, they will have to play physical defense and limit turnovers. Those two factors have benefitted the Grizzlies in the previous matchups, but the Rockets have shown that they can take care of the basketball for long stretches and that they can get dirty in the trenches as well.

Tip-off is at 7pm CT