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Miami at Memphis
When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, December 14, 2018
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

The Memphis Grizzlies are fresh off their top defensive performance of the season as they prepare to host the Miami Heat on Friday. Memphis allowed its fewest points of the season while notching a 92-83 win over Portland on Wednesday and held the Trail Blazers to 36.6 percent shooting from the field.

Miami has lost its last two games and established a season low for points when it was ambushed 111-84 by the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. "They jumped on us from an effort and energy standpoint," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters of his club's 40-15 deficit after one quarter. "We were bobbling passes, traveling, missing catches, and then it became a domino going down the wrong way. We just couldn't get it back." The Grizzlies have now held six teams under 90 points as their grit and grind style has been flourishing. "We're not the type of team who comes out and gives you an uppercut and knocks you out in the first quarter," Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff told reporters. "We understand that. But we feel like we can punch you enough in the gut, that by the time the fourth quarter comes, those legs might be a little weary."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FS Sun (Miami), FS Southeast (Memphis)

ABOUT THE HEAT (11-16): Point guard Goran Dragic (knee) was held out against Utah but is expected to play against the Grizzlies and center Hassan Whiteside (birth of child) is also expected back after missing four games. Forward Justise Winslow struggled to just nine points on 4-of-12 shooting against the Jazz after averaging 23 points over the previous three games, including a career-best 28-point effort against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. Guard Dwyane Wade tallied just six points in 19 minutes against Utah for his second single-digit outing in a four-game span.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (16-11): Point guard Mike Conley scored 23 points against Portland for his 14th 20-point effort of the campaign while playing on a tender left hamstring. "I don't want to full-on sprint out of nowhere, cause any further damage," Conley told reporters afterward. "So I've just been trying to play at a nice pace and save it for more half court. I'm not trying to get up and down and outrun you as much as I might want to." Center Marc Gasol had a season-best six blocked shots - Memphis had 10 as a team - but scored just nine points as he failed to reach double digits for the third time in the past five games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Heat won last season's two meetings by an average of 25.5 points.

2. Memphis SF Kyle Anderson collected 12 rebounds against Portland for his fifth double-digit effort of the season.

3. Miami SG Josh Richardson is shooting just 30.3 percent from the field in his past eight games and shot below 40 percent in each contest.

PREDICTION: Grizzlies 95, Heat 90
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Miami 11-16 L2 5-9 6-7 0-0 11-16 1-7 5-12
Memphis 16-11 W1 9-4 7-7 1-2 15-9 3-0 11-7
Last Meeting
Miami Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
2/24/18 MEM 89 MIA 115 115 50 46.1 89 40 43.8
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Miami T. Johnson 23 50.0 9
Memphis A. Harrison 17 53.8 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Miami H. Whiteside 8 3 5
Memphis J. Green 11 3 8
Assists Player  
Miami G. Dragic 8
Memphis A. Harrison 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Miami J. Richardson 535 41.3 92
Memphis M. Conley 615 42.8 137
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Miami H. Whiteside 355 99 256
Memphis M. Gasol 266 34 232
Assists Player  
Miami J. Richardson 95
Memphis M. Conley 187
Quickchart Matchup
Miami Miami Off vs  Memphis Memphis Defense
Miami Off vs Memphis - Points For 107.2 Points For
Miami Off vs Memphis - Points Against 102.1 Points Against
Miami - FG% 43.3 FG%
Memphis - FG% 44.6 FG%
Miami - Reb 47.1 Reb
Memphis - Reb 45.1 Reb
Memphis Memphis Off vs  Miami Miami Defense
Memphis Off vs Miami - Points For 102.9 Points For
Memphis Off vs Miami - Points Against 108.6 Points Against
Memphis - FG% 45.4 FG%
Miami - FG% 44.6 FG%
Memphis - Reb 39.9 Reb
Miami - Reb 46.1 Reb