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- The Grizzlies can clinch the fourth seed and home-court advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs with a win tonight over the Magic, which has locked up the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Memphis has never hosted a playoff series. The Grizzlies were a franchise-best fifth seed in the 2006 playoffs. If Memphis wins tonight, it will surpass its franchise-record regular-season winning percentage (.610) set in 2003-04.
- Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said he will start forward Zach Randolph tonight. Randolph, who missed 37 games from Jan. 3 to March 13 with a torn right MCL, has averaged 10.7 points and 8.3 rebounds in 20 games off the bench since returning to the court on March 16. In the 20 games Hollins has used Randolph as a reserve, Memphis’ bench has averaged 36.1 points.
- Grizzlies rookie guard Josh Selby is inactive for tonight’s game. Hollins said Memphis is completely healthy going into Sunday’s playoff opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.
- The Magic’s six consecutive trips to the playoffs marks the fifth-longest current streak in the NBA and the longest in the Eastern Conference. The San Antonio Spurs have advanced to the playoffs an NBA-best 15 consecutive seasons.
- Magic forward Glen Davis is listed as inactive for tonight’s game after spraining his right ankle in the first quarter of Orlando’s 102-95 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday at the Amway Center. Forward Hedo Turkoglu will start for Orlando tonight after missing the Magic’s last 10 games. Turkoglu hasn’t played since having surgery on April 7 to repair a facial fracture.
– L. Jason Smith