|Memphis Grizzlies at Miami Heat
|March 1, 2013
Television: ESPN, Tip a little after 5 PM
This is a perfect game for Miami to brush up on inside, physically abusing teams. The Grizzlies are built like one of Pat Riley's mid-nineties Knicks teams. They love to play inside out and can knock down perimeter jumpers to keep teams from doubling the post players every time down the floor.
Unless the Grizzlies make the Finals, Miami isn't going to have a whole lot more chances to prep to play the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Heat do play the Pacers on March 10th at home.
The Heat are going to need this game to see what lineups work best against physically imposing teams.
Best Matchup: Going to have to go with Tony Allen vs. Dwayne Wade. Allen isn't much of a threat to scored, but he is the Grizzlies best perimeter defender. Wade has been tough to handle in the fourth quarter over the past few weeks. If the Grizzlies are in a winnable game in the fourth quarter they are going to need Allen to shutdown Wade and force another player, not named LeBron James, to step up and make big shots.
Prediction: Miami wins 97-94.
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE