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Saturday, March 8th (All times Eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (29-33) at Memphis Grizzlies (35-26), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of playoff hopefuls will tangle Saturday evening on Beale Street, where the Memphis Grizzlies and Charlotte Bobcats meet at FedExForum.

The Grizzlies are one game off a playoff spot in the talented Western Conference and Charlotte currently sits seventh in the East standings, two games ahead of Atlanta and two games behind Brooklyn.

Memphis is back home for consecutive games versus Charlotte and Portland, and has won five straight at FedExForum, where it has an 18-14 record this season. The Grizzlies posted an impressive 85-77 win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night thanks to double-doubles by Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.

Gasol had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Randolph followed with 10 points and 11 boards. Mike Miller (14), Kosta Koufos (12) and Mike Conley (12) rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Grizzlies, winners in three of four and eight of 11 games.

A big second half propelled the Grizzlies, who had a 50-38 advantage over the last 24 minutes of action. They held the surging Bulls to 41.3 percent shooting and defended the perimeter well, giving up only 2-of-13 3-pointers.

"We played good basketball, we played good defense," Randolph said. "We got stops when we needed stops. Marc had a great game. It was a team win."

The Grizzlies hope their success continues on the defensive end and they are allowing just 94.9 ppg this season. It makes up for their offensive struggles, as they are scoring 95.5 ppg.

Charlotte has won two in a row since a three-game slide and improved to 6-3 in the last nine games with Friday's 101-92 victory versus Cleveland.

Al Jefferson continued his torrid scoring pace with 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting and Kemba Walker ended with 20 points and 14 assists. Chris Douglas- Roberts had 14 points for the Bobcats, who shot 46.8 percent and recorded their sixth straight win at home.

"Once again when it got down to the end of the game, we got stops," said Jefferson. "At the end of the day, it wasn't the best win but it was a win."

Jefferson has scored 20 or more points in 22 of his last 25 games, averaging 26.5 ppg in that span.

The Bobcats will try to stop a three-game road losing streak Saturday and have a 12-19 ledger away from home. Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (calf) has missed three straight games and is questionable Saturday. He is averaging 14.6 points this season.

Charlotte defeated Memphis 92-89 on Feb. 22 behind Walker's 31 points. The Grizzlies, though, have won three of four against the Bobcats and six of the eight encounters in Memphis.

03/08 10:58:02 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
Final
MIA 103
WAS 105
Final
MEM 97
CHI 103
2nd OT
SAN 110
POR 104
 
4th
DEN 73
LAC 74
 
1st
LAL 19
OKC 11
 
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
Final
MARQ 83
ALAAM 49
 
2nd
TTU 70
ARKPB 51
 
2nd
DEN 77
COLST 84
 
Final
CREI 75
TXPA 60
 
Half
CAL 37
EWASH 26
 
Half
UTST 30
IDST 24
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
Final
WIN 2
BOS 1
2nd Intermission
CAL 1
DAL 2