Tonight in the NBA: Grizzlies host struggling Celtics

Tonight in the NBA: Grizzlies host struggling Celtics
March 23, 2013, 12:15 pm
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The Sixers are off tonight before visiting the Kings on Sunday.

Here is a look at some notable matchups to keep an eye on:

Celtics at Grizzlies, 8 p.m.
The Boston Celtics visit the Memphis Grizzlies as they look to snap a three-game losing streak.

If the Celtics wish to get back on track, they will have to snap the Grizzlies' nine-game home winning streak, which won't be easy.

The Celtics have struggled on the road this season. They have dropped four straight away games, and are 2-11 on the road against Western Conference teams.

Both teams are coming off losses on Friday night. The Celtics suffered a 104-94 defeat in Dallas, while the Grizzlies fell to the Hornets, 90-83.

The two teams last met in Boston on Jan. 2, with the Grizzlies coming away with a 93-83 victory. Memphis outrebounded Boston 39-27, and Mike Conley led the way with 23 points for the Grizzlies.

Since their first meeting, the Grizzlies have traded Rudy Gay and the Celtics have lost Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger to season-ending injuries.

Pacers at Bulls, 8 p.m.
The Indiana Pacers visit the Chicago Bulls as they look to sweep the season series.

The Pacers are in the midst of a three-game winning streak, in which they beat their opponents by an average of 22.4 points.

Indiana is coming off a 102-78 victory over the Bucks on Friday. Tyler Hansbrough, who has replaced the injured David West in the starting lineup, led the way with a team-high 22 points and 12 rebounds.

Chicago has dropped six of its past eight games, and look to avoid losing three straight for the first time since November.

The Bulls fell to the Trail Blazers 99-89 on Thursday, despite seeing the return of Kirk Hinrich and Taj Gibson from injuries.

The two teams last met on Dec. 4, with the Pacers claiming a 80-76 victory behind 34 points from Paul George.

Nets at Clippers, 10:30 p.m.
The Los Angeles Clippers host the Brooklyn Nets tonight as they try to win back-to-back games for the first time in March.

The Clippers are coming off one of their best defensive performances of the season on Wednesday, when the beat the Sixers 101-72. Los Angeles finished the game with 13 steals and forced 19 turnovers that led to 24 points.

The Clippers will face a tough test tonight however, as Brooklyn has averaged 116 points on 52.3 percent shooting in its first two games of a eight-game road trip.

Brook Lopez finished with a season-high 38 points in the Nets' 113-96 victory over the Mavericks on Wednesday.

The Nets may catch a break as the Clippers may be without Chauncey Billups (hamstring) and Eric Bledsoe (calf). Both players are listed as questionable.

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