-Mavericks big man Brandan Wright grew up in Nashville, Tenn

-Mavericks guard Monta Ellis is from nearby Jackson, Miss., and makes his offseason home in Memphis

-Grizzlies assistant coach Elston Turner was drafted by Dallas with the 43rd overall pick of the 1981 NBA Draft and played three seasons for the Mavericks from 1981-84

Elston Turner

Elston Turner

-The winner of this game will get the #7 seed in the West and face the #2 seed Oklahoma City Thunder or Los Angeles Clippers in the first round

-The loser of this game will get the #8 seed in the West and face the #1 seed San Antonio Spurs in the first round

-Mavericks guard Wayne Ellington played the first half of the 2012-13 season with Memphis

Wayne Ellington

Wayne Ellington

-Ellington was traded to Cleveland on 1/22/13 in a deal that sent Jon Leuer to Memphis

-Ellington and Grizzlies center Kosta Koufos were teammates in Minnesota for the first half of the 2010-11 season

-Terry Davis, the father of Grizzlies forward Ed Davis, played five seasons for the Mavericks from 1991-96

Terry Davis

Terry Davis (#43)

-The Mavericks are 55-18 all-time against the Grizzlies in the regular season

-Ed Davis and Ellington both played in all 38 games for the 2009 NCAA National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels

North Carolina guard Wayne Ellington (22) and teammate Ed Davis (32)

Wayne Ellington (22) and teammate Ed Davis (32)

-Davis teamed with Mavericks guard Jose Calderon on the Raptors for two-and-a-half seasons from 2010-13

-Davis was traded to Memphis in the three-team deal that sent Calderon from Toronto to Detroit, Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi from Memphis to Toronto, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye from Detroit to Memphis, and a 2013 second round pick from Toronto to Memphis on 1/30/13

-Calderon (Villanueva de la Serena) and Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (Barcelona) both hail from Spain

-Both played in Spain before beginning their NBA careers

-Calderon and Gasol were teammates on Spain’s national team that won silver at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and silver at the 2012 Olympics in London

Spain v USA

-They captured a gold medal together at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan

-They also won gold at FIBA EuroBasket 2011 (Lithuania) and took home silver at FIBA 2007 (Spain)

-Most recently, Calderon and Gasol won bronze as members of Spain’s national team at EuroBasket 2013 in Slovenia

-The Mavericks lead the 2013-14 season series, 3-0 (Dallas has won a season series with Memphis for the first time since 2009-10)

-Dallas will look to sweep the season series with a victory at Memphis on 4/16/14 (on the last day of the 2013-14 regular season)

-It would be the first time that Dallas swept Memphis in the regular season since the 2007-08 campaign

Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

-The Grizzlies had won 11-of-17 against the Mavericks prior to the 2013-14 season

-The Mavericks are 30-7 all-time at home against the Grizzlies in the regular season

-The Mavericks snapped a five-game road losing streak against the Grizzlies with a 110-96 win at Memphis on 2/5/14