Larry Ness' Weekend Wipeout Winner: 39-24 s/Dec 23: Larry's Wipeout Winners continue to live up to the moniker. He featured a pair of Weekly Wipeout Winners in Friday's MLB (AL & NL), going over 7 (7-6) & over 7 1/2 (11-5)! He's now a MONEY-MAKING 39-24 with Wipeout Winners s/Dec 23 (all sports). He turns to the NBA for his latest Wipeout Winner, a game with B-L-O-W-O-U-T written all over it!
Game: Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies Apr 7 2012 8:05PM
Prediction: Memphis Grizzlies
Grade: Winner (100)
Reason: My 9* Weekend Wipeout Winner is on the Mem Grizzlies at 8:05 ET.
The Mavs are 31-25 and the Grizzlies 31-23, so this game means more than just a little, as the end of the regular season is less than three weeks away. The Mavericks scored a season-low 10 points in the third quarter against Portland last night, as they let a 15-point lead slip away in a99-97 OT loss. They are one game behind fifth-place Memphis in the Western Conference playoff race and find themselves just a half-game ahead of Houston and Denver. Finishing seventh or eighth means facing either the San Antonio Spurs or Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round and the defending NBA champions would SURELY like to avoid those scenarios. Meanwhile, Memphis used a fast start in Miami last night, holding the Heat to just 12 first-quarter points, extending its lead to 16 points by the half (won 97-82!). “The first time I looked up at the scoreboard, we were up 15 points,” Memphis coach Lionel Hollins said. “We were playing well and we had a lot of people do a lot of good things. Our defense was really good early on. We slowed the tempo like we like to do and we ran when we had opportunities.” The Grizzlies had a well-balanced effort with seven players scoring in double figures. Tony Allen (10.5-4.0) missed last night’s game due to a cut mouth he suffered against Dallas on Wednesday. Pondexter (4.3-1.9) started in his place next to PG Conley (12.9-6.9 APG). Gay (18.3-6.4) and Speights (8.9-6.4) start in the frontcourt with center Gasol (15.2-9.6) plus Mayo (12.6) and Randolph (12.2-7.2) come off the bench. This Memphis team beat San Antonio in last year’s first round and then took OKC to seven games. The Grizzlies again look like a team no one wants to play. Dirk Nowitzki (21.2-6.7) has led Dallas to 11 consecutive postseason appearances and is again leading the way for the Mavs. Kidd is sidelined with a groin injury, so Carter (9.6) and West (8.6-3.4 APG) start in the backcourt. Marion (11.0-7.0) joins Dirk up front alongside of center Haywood (5.5-6.5). The Dallas depth remains strong with Terry (15.0) leading all bench scorers. Beaubois (9.0) also adds some scoring ‘punch’ in the backcourt while Odom (6.9-4.2) and Mahinmi (6.2-4.9) provide frontcourt support. Mahinmi missed Friday night's game to be with his fiancee for the birth of their child but is expected to rejoin the team Saturday. Dallas beat Memphis on Wednesday but in fairness, the Grizzlies were playing their THIRD game in as many days. Th trio of Gay, Gasol and Conley shot a combined 12-of-39 (30.8%) in that game and that surely won’t happen again. Memphis has won NINE of its last 11 home games (both losses came in OT) and I see no reason for them NOT to play well here. Winning in Miami last night was nice but I’ll turn to Gasol for some perspective. "There's nothing to celebrate," center Marc Gasol said. "We just won a game. Tomorrow is a big game for us at home." I believe the Grizzlies take this one with “room to spare!”