VS. GRIZZLIES (41-14)
Where: Sleep Train Arena
Time: 7 p.m.
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1. Stay up-tempo: The Grizzlies excel at making teams play at their slower pace, forcing the opponent to deal with their formidable frontcourt. If the Kings are locked up in a slow game, Memphis has the advantage with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph in the post.
2. Green effect: Memphis is 15-3 since acquiring Jeff Green from Boston. He provides perimeter scoring the Grizzlies have lacked, and the Kings need to be aware of him and defend aggressively.
3. Pass to score: Memphis is too good defensively for the Kings to get selfish, so they must share the ball. If the offense lacks flow and the passing is poor, the Grizzlies will force turnovers and score easily in transition.