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DATE – Wednesday Nov. 25

TIME – 8 p.m. Eastern

TV – NBATV

 

LAST 5 MEETINGS

3/4/15 – Grizzlies 102, at Rockets (-3) 100

12/26/14 – Rockets 117, at Grizzlies (-2) 111 (OT)

12/3/14 – at Rockets 105, Grizzlies (-5) 96

11/17/14 – at Grizzlies (-4.5) 119, Rockets 93

1/25/14 – at Grizzlies 99, Rockets (-1.5) 81

 

With the Grizzlies and Rockets off to slightly slower starts to the NBA season than they might have hoped – and with Houston's slow start resulting in the recent firing of Coach Kevin McHale – both teams are hoping to put together a run heading into December, starting with their game Wednesday.

 

NBATV will televise the Grizzlies-Rockets game from Houston at 8 p.m. Eastern. Both Western Conference teams sit in the middle of the pack approaching December.

 

Memphis opened the season with a 3-6 record, but it started to get its offense clicking in mid-November, winning three straight games in which it surpassed the 100-point mark to get back to .500 before the Grizzlies-Rockets game.

 

In the early part of the 2015-16 NBA season, Memphis is 6-0 when scoring at least 100 points, and the Grizzlies are 4-0 when both teams surpass the 100-point mark. But the Memphis offense has struggled at times too in the early going, scoring just 69 points in a 50-point loss to Golden State and just 79 points in a loss against the Jazz.

 

Houston, meanwhile, has struggled on the defensive end most of the early part of the NBA season. The Rockets allowed at least 100 points in each of their first 12 games, so entering the Grizzlies-Rockets game, the Memphis offense will have a good chance to reach the 100-point mark. Despite the defensive problems, Houston still managed to win five of its first 12 games, including a 108-103 overtime win last Wednesday against Portland, just hours after McHale was fired. The win against the Trail Blazers broke a three-game home losing streak for Houston.

 

The Rockets opened the season 3-0 in home games decided by 5 points or less and 0-5 in home games decided by 6 points or more. Memphis is 3-0 in road games where it has scored 100 points and 0-4 when it scores less than 100 points on the road. The Grizzlies had lost three in a row away from home before a 114-106 win at Minnesota.

 

James Harden has reached double figures in assists three times and has posted scoring games of 43, 45, and 46 points through the first dozen games for the Rockets. Harden averaged 28.8 points per game through Houston's first dozen games.

 

Center Marc Gasol leads Memphis in scoring entering the Grizzlies-Rockets game. Gasol reached double figures in scoring in 11 of the first 12 Memphis games, including a season high 31 points in a home win against Portland, 101-100. Zach Randolph and Mike Conley both are averaging double figures in scoring for the Griz too.

 

Last season the Grizzlies and Rockets split their four meetings, with each team going 1-1 at home. The winning team reached 100 points in all four games.

 

Both the Griz and Rockets were playoff teams a season ago. Houston topped Dallas 4-1 in the conference quarterfinals, defeated the Clippers 4-3 in the conference semifinals, before losing to Golden State in the Western Conference finals 4-1. Golden State also eliminated Memphis 4-2 in the conference semifinals. The Grizzlies defeated Portland 4-1 in the conference quarterfinals last season.

 

The Grizzlies and Rockets will play four times this season. Beyond their games in Memphis Nov. 20 and in Houston Nov. 25, the Griz and Rockets will play in Memphis Jan. 12 and in Houston March 14.

 

Houston leads the all-time Grizzlies-Rockets series, 51-29, although since the Griz franchise moved to Memphis, the all-time record is much closer, with Houston leading, 31-25.