This edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” — Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent, the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies much like the 76ers struggle mightily of the defensive end, can not hit the three (29.6%) and have a roster full of young cats that all play significant minutes. Actually, the Grizzlies are an even younger squad then the Sixers as they boast a starting lineup with four players who are 24 years of age or under. Despite a 3-8 record, their 7-game losing streak and all the Allen Iverson drama, Memphis has not fallen apart this season. In fact, this young, athletic and offensively talented squad is riding a two game win streak coming into the Wachovia Center tonight.
Despite the Grizz’s offensive talents, their athleticism and the recent winning streak, we expect the Sixers to get a W tonight and establish their own two game winning streak. We’re really going on gut instincts alone here as these two mediocre teams match up fairly evenly. So don’t hold us too stronglyto that prediction. We all know it will be close as the Sixers have demonstrated in 2009-10 that they have serious trouble putting away teams that on paper they should handle. Also we know this will be a high scoring affair as neither team plays a lick of defense. OJ Mayo and Mike Conley may each get 30 tonight, but so will Louis and AI9. Finally, coming off his huge night vs. the Bobcats, it will be interesting to see how Elton Brand does against two “real” bigs in Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies. Neither is great defender, but they can both bang, am element Charlotte did not have in the post on Wednesday night.
For a little more insight into the Grizzlies team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Chip Crain from 3 Shades of Blue.com to answer two questions on the Grizzlies from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Charlotte squad from an insider’s perspective.