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Are 6-1 Grizzlies better than 6-0 Knicks?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On November 16, 2012 @ 3:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
Three top story lines for Friday’s nine-game NBA slate (all times p.m. Eastern):
Who is the NBA’s hottest team?
New York Knicks at Memphis Grizzlies, 9:30, ESPN: The Knicks are doing crazy things. Raymond Felton is leading them to wins at the San Antonio Spurs. J.R. Smith isn’t even partying. New York is the NBA’s only unbeaten team at 6-0, and five of those wins were routs. But if they are going to lose anytime soon, this game might be it. The Grizzlies have won six in a row, too, and they’re coming off wins against the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder. They play tough basketball, mean basketball, even if it sometimes gets Zach Randolph ejected. While the Knicks are playing small ball with Carmelo Anthony at power forward, the Grizzlies go large with Randolph and Marc Gasol down low. Everything is going right for these teams, but that ends tonight for one.
Who is the NBA’s ugliest team?
Utah Jazz at Philadelphia 76ers, 7, ESPN; Dallas Mavericks at Indiana Pacers, 7: This debate comes down to the 4-4 76ers and 3-6 Pacers. They’re two of the best defensive teams in the league, so they’re not the worst. But the offenses are some kind of miserable. The Sixers have no go-to scorer as Andrew Bynum sits with a knee injury. The Pacers have no go-to scorer as Danny Granger sits with a knee injury. Philadelphia point guard Jrue Holiday is averaging 18.3 points and 8.8 assists a game, but he’s countering that with 5.4 turnovers a game. Indiana would lean on center Roy Hibbert, but he’s shooting 20% worse this season than last. The Pacers are last in the NBA with 87.8 points a game; the Sixers are tied one spot above them with 88.0. These aren’t bad teams; both should make the playoffs. But they need to improve ball movement and find open shooters. Then they need to make those shots.
Can Anthony Davis bounce back?
Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans Hornets, 8: The No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft lost two games in college, and Kentucky followed those two losses with … [For more on Tonight's NBA schedule: Are 6-1 Grizzlies better than 6-0 Knicks?, click here.]
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