The Phoenix Suns will conclude their six-game road trip on Tuesday night by heading into FedEx Forum to take on the Grizzlies. Phoenix (7-11) has lost four of their first five games during their current trip, including their last three. Even worse for the Suns is that the Grizzlies currently hold an 8-1 record at home, placing the odds against the Suns at an even greater level.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 8:00 PM ET/6:00 PM MST. No players have been listed with an injury for the Suns, but both Rudy Gay and Tony Allen, two of Memphis' top wing players, are listed with day-to-day injuries.
The Grizzlies (12-3) currently hold the top seed in the Western Conference, but are coming off a loss to the San Antonio Spurs in overtime this past Saturday. A couple days of rest should help them to cure any issues they may have had.
This will quite obviously be a game decided by the bigs of each team. Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris and Luis Scola have played well this season, but face a new challenge that have not yet encountered with the duo of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. Randolph leads the Grizz with 11.6 rebounds per game in his last 10 outings.
The high-low game that the two have formed together in Memphis is nearly unstoppable. Both players know their roles and are one of the best offensive rebounding tandems in the NBA. It will take a concerted effort from all Suns players, including the guards, to make sure they box out and hit the glass.
Here are the projected starting lineups:
F MIchael Beasley
F Markieff Morris
C Marcin Gortat
G Mike Conley Jr.
G Tony Allen
F Rudy Gay
F Zach Randolph
C Marc Gasol