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Pregame Insight: Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies

Pregame Insight: Dallas Mavericks vs Memphis Grizzlies

It’s always a great feeling waking up in the morning after a Mavs victory the night before. After claiming the first win of the season against the Grizzlies, the Mavs are off to Memphis for a rematch.

The Mavs fought off the Grizzlies for a 103-94 victory on Wednesday night. With six Mavs in double figures and easily the Mavs best defensive performance of the young season, it was a complete team effort from all aspects of the game. Dennis Smith Jr. led the way with 19 points as he definitely left his mark on the AAC crowd.

I see tonight as being no different. Each team has the blueprint to beat the opposition after playing last night. Tonight, will be a test of small adjustments and who gets their shots to fall. If Dallas can keep the rebounding margin close as they did last night, I like the Mavs chances.

One thing to watch tonight is Nerlen’s minutes. Not to sound like a broken record but this topic will continue to be discussed. According to Andrew Bailey of Bleacher Report, Nerlens leads the Mavericks in PER, win shares per 48 minutes, and Value Over Replacement yet he’s sixth in minutes. I’m no expert but I think that means #3 should see more playing time.

Given that Noel got into foul trouble last night, he only played 20 minutes yet they were 20 effective minutes. He led the Mavs with a +9 plus/minus which is to no surprise. With Marc Gasol putting up 26 and 11 last night in 37 minutes, Noel needs 25-30 minutes tonight, barring any foul trouble.

Not to be forgotten, our old pal Chandler Parsons should be back on the court tonight. And that concludes your Chandler Parsons report.

The Mavs vs. Grizzlies tip-off at 7:00 p.m. tonight before coming back home to face the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Go Mavs!

Managing Editor for Dallas Sports Fanatic | Lead Editor covering the Dallas Mavericks | UNT Alum | Twitter: @TheMulf

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