Dec 19, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) smiles after a play against the Milwaukee Bucks at the FedEx Forum. Memphis defeated Milwaukee 90-80. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

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Long distance information give me Memphis, Tennessee
Help me find a victory before the Spurs and OKC… 

The Dallas Mavericks have made a habit of finding ways to lose against mediocre teams and now in the midst of a stretch against the NBA elite the question is will they rise above it?

The Grizzlies have been an up-and-coming team for some time and this year, they have arrived, ironically less the guy whose largely carrying the Mavericks, O. J. Mayo.  They apparently haven’t missed him.

The depleted Mavericks, who will be without Dirk Nowitzki and Derek Fisher for sure, and have an exceptionally depleted frontcourt likely sans Brandan Wright and Elton Brand, would likely have trouble up front regardless.  Zach Randolph is second in the league in rebounding at almost 13 per game and adding 17 ppg as well.  Rudy Gay leads the team with 18.4 ppg and beefy Marc Gasol adds 15 ppg and over 7 rpg.

The Grizzles also allow the fewest points in the league, so while a weak offense is not Dallas’ biggest problem right now, it may be Friday night.   Find their groove against the Grizzlies where they are already likely to be outrebounded and thwarted on the offensive end is giving a projection of another run in with the Heat.

The Mavs appear to rely heavily on O. J. Mayo so hopefully he will be motivated enough to have a big game against his former team; however he will need help from his supporting cast to make things work and it seems of late, it’s feast-or-famine for the Mavs.  A win would be a helpful morale boost for Dallas, who will be seeing the Spurs and the Thunder soon and need a shot of confidence.  Rick Carlisle will have to dig deep – literally and figuratively – to find what works and hopefully the Mavs who have had success this year and are available (Mayo, Chris Kaman, Vince Carter, Darren Collison) won’t take another night off.



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