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National Basketball Association
Preview
Indiana at Memphis
When: 9:30 PM ET, Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

The Indiana Pacers are closing in on a playoff spot as they close the regular season by visiting the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Indiana has won six consecutive games and holds a one-game lead over the Brooklyn Nets for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Pacers, who posted a 99-95 double-overtime win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, can claim the No. 8 spot with a victory or a loss by the Nets. Memphis has lost two consecutive games and sits in sixth place in the bunched-up West. Center Marc Gasol criticized the squad’s level of competitiveness in Monday’s 111-107 loss to the Golden State Warriors, and the Grizzlies are definitely limping into the postseason. “I wouldn’t say we aren’t playoff-ready,” power forward Zach Randolph told reporters. “When the playoffs come, we have to do better, even at home.”

TV: 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN, FSN Midwest (Indiana)

ABOUT THE PACERS (38-43): Indiana was tested by the Wizards before surviving in the second OT and avoiding what would have been a catastrophic defeat. “Just all-out heart and determination and will and perseverance and not quitting,” Pacers coach Frank Vogel told reporters. “We got down so many times and had so many opportunities to give in. They just persevered through it.” Shooting guard C.J. Miles scored a game-high 25 points and point guard George Hill narrowly missed a triple-double with 24 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

ABOUT THE GRIZZLIES (54-27): Memphis figures to be shorthanded for the regular-season finale with point guard Mike Conley (foot) sitting out for the fourth straight game and swingman Tony Allen (hamstring) slated to miss his ninth consecutive game. Gasol (ankle) and forward Jeff Green (back) are expected to see action barring any setbacks. “It will be difficult to sit people out now knowing all of the other scenarios that can play out,” Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger told reporters.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Pacers are just 4-9 when playing at Memphis.

2. Pacers G Rodney Stuckey is 6-of-20 shooting over the past two games.

3. PF Zach Randolph had 22 points and 13 rebounds when the Grizzlies defeated Indiana 97-89 on Oct. 30.

PREDICTION: Pacers 93, Grizzlies 88
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Indiana 38-43 W6 23-18 15-25 1-2 37-41 8-8 28-24
Memphis 54-27 L2 30-10 24-17 6-3 48-24 9-7 35-17
Last Meeting
Indiana Memphis
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
10/31/14 MEM 97 IND 89 89 46 45.9 97 40 44.3
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Indiana C. Copeland 16 35.7 4
Memphis Z. Randolph 22 50.0 8
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Indiana L. Allen 10 2 8
Memphis Z. Randolph 13 6 7
Assists Player  
Indiana D. Sloan 7
Memphis M. Conley 4
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Indiana C. Miles 985 39.7 143
Memphis M. Gasol 1450 49.1 361
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Indiana R. Hibbert 573 163 410
Memphis Z. Randolph 764 229 535
Assists Player  
Indiana G. Hill 239
Memphis M. Conley 392
Quickchart Matchup
Indiana Off vs  Memphis Defense
97.5 Points For
95.2 Points Against
44.0 FG%
44.2 FG%
45.0 Reb
42.5 Reb
Memphis Off vs  Indiana Defense
98.4 Points For
97.1 Points Against
45.8 FG%
43.4 FG%
42.5 Reb
42.7 Reb