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- Hornets forward Anthony Davis has recovered from his stomach bug that nearly kept him out of New Orleans’ Wednesday night win over Boston. He played and New Orleans won because of it. Davis used his size to leap over two players for the game-winning tip-in. Davis leads all rookies with 15 double-doubles and is averaging 13.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Davis leads all rookies in blocks (96) and rebounds (426). He had a career-high 18 rebounds the last time the Hornets played Memphis.
- The last time these teams met, Memphis won 96-85 in Tennessee. Hornets coach Monty Williams said energy was the key factor in that loss. Memphis outrebounded New Orleans, had 52 points in the paints and recorded 11 fast-break points. “Even in the first half we were playing from behind, from an energy, effort and execution standpoint,” Williams said. “Even though the game was close, you have a feel that it’s not as close as the scoreboard may dictate.”
- Expected Hornets starters: (F) Al-Farouq Aminu; (F) Davis; (C) Robin Lopez; (G) Eric Gordon; (G) Greivis Vasquez
- Memphis has won two straight games, including a last-second overtime win over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night. In that game, Marc Gasol tipped in the winning basket with 0.8 seconds to play. The Grizzlies, 46-21, need every win they can get as they sit in a tight battle for third place in the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Clippers. Including tonight, only seven of the Grizzlies final 15 opponents carry under .500 records.
- Memphis’ Mike Conley currently owns the longest active streak for consecutive games with a steal at 58. The NBA record was set by Chris Paul at 108 from April 13, 2007 through Dec. 23, 2008. Conley is likely to extend the streak tonight as New Orleans turns the ball over on average 14.4 times per game. When these teams last met on March 9, the Grizzlies forced 12 New Orleans turnovers, including three steals by Conley. The last time he didn’t have a steal was Nov. 14 at Oklahoma City.
- Expected Grizzlies starters: (F) Tayshaun Prince; (F) Zach Randolph; (C) Marc Gasol; (G) Tony Allen; (G) Conley
– Bradley Handwerger