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Memphis Grizzlies 2012-13 Schedule: Monthly Breakdown and W-L Predictions
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The Memphis Grizzlies are a balanced collection of young talent and cagey veterans. They aren't among the NBA's elite, but they are dangerous enough to make a lengthy playoff run if someone gets hot.

To give perspective, the 2012-13 Grizzlies are somewhere between the 2009-10 Thunder and the 2010-11 Oklahoma City team in terms of progression. The '09-'10 Thunder gave the Lakers everything they could handle before L.A. knocked them out in the first round. The next year, the Thunder made it to the conference finals, but showed they weren't ready for prime-time just yet.

A year later, the Thunder made the NBA Finals.

The Grizzlies are among the three or four best teams in the West, eerily similar to their opening day opponent, the Los Angeles Clippers. Both teams are dark horses as championship contenders but will more likely end up being tough outs come playoff time.

Memphis didn't make many changes this offseason. Guard O.J. Mayo, who went from the team's starting two guard to a sixth-man role in the span of two years, left for Dallas. His void will most likely be filled by rookie Tony Wroten Jr.

The team will also welcome back promising young big man Darrell Arthur. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL. His return gives Memphis much-needed depth in the frontcourt.

The Grizzlies are led by a talented trio in small forward Rudy Gay and interior bangers Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Those three, combined with some solid role players, should be good enough for Memphis to eclipse the 50-win mark this season.

For them to go further than last year's first round exit, however, a few things need to fall into place. Here's a breakdown of the team's schedule with a look at key games and matchups.

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