Texas Teams

National Basketball Association
Memphis at Cleveland
When: 4:30 PM ET, Sunday, December 21, 2014
Where: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

After a much-needed day off, the Memphis Grizzlies look to add to the best start in franchise history when they travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers on Sunday. Memphis aims to bounce back after having a six-game winning streak snapped in a 103-97 home loss to Chicago on Friday - the Grizzlies' fifth game in eight days. The Cavaliers held on for a 95-91 win over Brooklyn on Friday, marking only their second victory in five games since an eight-game winning streak.

The Grizzlies have played six overtime periods over their past five games, and they ran out of steam against the Bulls. "(It) was a game where we didn't have enough effort due in large part to very tired legs," Memphis coach Dave Joerger told reporters. "The minutes have added up on us." The Cavaliers, who are 2-6 against Western Conference opponents, have won seven of their last eight home games overall and are 14-3 at home against the Grizzlies.

TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, SportSouth (Memphis), FSN Ohio (Cleveland)

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (21-5): Memphis maintains a defense-first mentality but has more offensive firepower than in seasons past thanks to point guard Mike Conley (17.8 points, 6.2 assists) and big men Marc Gasol (19.6 points, 7.9 rebounds) and Zach Randolph (16.1 points, 11.4 rebounds). The Grizzlies have questions in the backcourt at the moment with starting guard Tony Allen (7.7 points) having missed the past two games with an eye injury and backup point guard Beno Udrih (7.3 points) questionable after leaving the Chicago game with a jammed finger. Allen is especially important, because he is the Grizzlies' defensive stopper and likely would guard LeBron James.

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (15-10): The Cavaliers got an unexpected boost from reserve Mike Miller on Friday, as the veteran sharpshooter returned after missing seven games with concussion and poured in 21 points on seven 3-pointers, surpassing his season total entering the game. If Miller can continue to be an outside shooting threat and give the Cavs valuable minutes, it could help keep James (25.3 points, 7.7 assists, 5.4 rebounds) fresh for late-game situations. James' top complements, Kyrie Irving (19.8 points, 5.2 assists) and Kevin Love (17.1 points, 10.6 rebounds), have been prone to disappear at times and need to be more consistent for Cleveland to contend.


1. Memphis is 17-1 when shooting for a higher percentage than the opposition.

2. Randolph is tied with Washington's John Wall for the league lead with 16 double-doubles, while Love is tied for sixth with 14.

3. James has scored in double figures in 596 consecutive games dating to Jan. 6, 2007.

PREDICTION: Grizzlies 99, Cavaliers 97

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Memphis 21-5 L1 12-2 9-3 4-0 17-5 4-2 14-2
Cleveland 15-10 W1 9-5 6-5 0-1 15-9 3-0 13-4
Last Meeting
Memphis Cleveland
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
3/1/14 CLE 96 MEM 110 110 36 54.3 96 33 49.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis Z. Randolph 23 64.7 1
Cleveland K. Irving 28 57.9 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis Z. Randolph 14 7 7
Cleveland T. Thompson 8 1 7
Assists Player  
Memphis M. Conley 7
Cleveland J. Jack 5
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Memphis M. Gasol 579 49.9 160
Cleveland L. James 669 49.4 156
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Memphis Z. Randolph 323 102 221
Cleveland K. Love 302 55 247
Assists Player  
Memphis M. Conley 178
Cleveland L. James 205
Quickchart Matchup
Memphis Off vs  Cleveland Defense
102.8 Points For
99.7 Points Against
46.7 FG%
47.0 FG%
43.0 Reb
39.7 Reb
Cleveland Off vs  Memphis Defense
102.7 Points For
96.7 Points Against
46.0 FG%
43.8 FG%
39.7 Reb
43.3 Reb