The Memphis Grizzlies probably can't afford any more losses to teams with losing records if they want to earn homecourt advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
They also might not fare well without Marc Gasol.
With their All-Star center likely sidelined Tuesday night, the visiting Grizzlies look to bounce back from a frustrating defeat by trying to continue their recent success against a Minnesota Timberwolves team hoping to avoid an 11th straight loss.
Fifth in the West with six games remaining, Memphis (35-25) has a chance to catch the fourth-place Los Angeles Clippers. However, the Grizzlies didn't help themselves by losing 88-75 at lowly New Orleans on Sunday.
Memphis shot 35.7 percent en route to its third-lowest scoring game of the season and second loss in three contests following a four-game winning streak.
"It was nasty, ugly,'' said coach Lionel Hollins, whose team committed 21 turnovers that resulted in 28 points. "You can't beat anybody scor...