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After beating the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road on Monday and the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, the Grizzlies will try to take down the Dallas Mavericks to sweep their back-to-back-to-back.
Even for a young team like the Grizzlies, this is a tough task. The Grizzlies haven't done too well on the road against good opponents. They're only 4-10 against .500 teams on the road. Beating a quality team like the Mavericks on the road at the end of a back-to-back-to-back will be difficult.
The Mavericks have been up and down this season. Lately, they've been skittish, losing four of their last seven games, with each loss coming by more than 10 points.
Dirk Nowitzki isn't having a great year. He's averaging 21.2 points per game, the least since his second season, while shooting 45.7 percent from the field, the worst he's shot since his rookie year. His 6.5 rebounds per game are the least he's grabbed since his rookie year.
Nowitzki's scored 20 or more in 10 of his last 12 games, but he's had a couple of duds recently. He shot 5-of-17 against the Houston Rockets on March 27. On March 23, he shot 5-of-21 for 16 points.
Marreese Spieghts, Dante Cunningham and Zach Randolph will likely split time like they did on Tuesday against the Warriors as they team up to try to stop Nowitzki. Cunningham's athleticism may be enough to stop Nowitzki on the wing.
On the inside, Marc Gasol will be up against Brendan Haywood. This seems like a nice opportunity for Gasol to get over his road woes. Haywood is a nice defender, but he may not be quick enough to keep Gasol in front of him.